DETROIT -- Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios will be sidelined three to six weeks with a fractured shin bone.
The 46-year-old Chelios is the NHL's oldest player. He is entering his 25th NHL season and his 10th with Detroit. Chelios signed a one-year deal with the Red Wings in the offseason.
The team says Chelios was injured while blocking a slap shot during the third period of Tuesday night's 2-1 preseason loss to Montreal. On Wednesday, he was maneuvering around Joe Louis Arena on crutches.
According to the Detroit News, the shot hit his right leg, below the knee.
"I didn't feel anything right away when it happened," Chelios told the News on Wednesday, before he found out the tibia was fractured. "I just knew it didn't come around sitting on the bench. It was just one of those ones where you know it's not going to let up."
The Red Wings open their season Oct. 9 at home against Toronto.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.