Kris Draper


Kris Draper

Infobox Ice Hockey Player
position = Centre
shoots = Left
height_ft = 5
height_in = 10
weight_lb = 188
team = Detroit Red Wings
former_teams = Winnipeg Jets
league = NHL
nationality = Canada
birth_date = birth date and age|1971|5|24
birth_place = Toronto, ON, CAN
career_start = 1989
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draft = 62nd overall
draft_year = 1989
draft_team = Winnipeg Jets
nickname = The One Dollar Man
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Kris Draper (born May 24 1971 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Draper is a four-time winner of the Stanley Cup, a Frank J. Selke Trophy winner and has scored over 100 goals in a Red Wings uniform. Draper was a member of the famous Grind Line in Detroit, consisting of himself, Kirk Maltby and either Joe Kocur or Darren McCarty. The line was reunited with the return of McCarty to the wings in the 2007-2008 season.

Playing career

Drafted 62nd overall in the 1989 Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Draper did not see much action in his early years. He is a rarity in that he played in the AHL and NHL "before" playing junior in the Ontario Hockey League. After playing just 20 games in the 4 seasons since he was drafted, he was traded to Detroit in 1993 for a dollar. Please Note,, he scored an NHL goal before he scored a goal in Junior,, How often has that ever happened,,,, Never for a North American playercite web|url= http://espn.go.com/nhl/draft2003/columns/wheatley_tom/1570024.html
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] Draper would quickly become a valuable fixture in Detroit's rotation, and he began his reputation as the "One Dollar Man."On May 29, 1996, during game six of the Western Conference Finals of the 1996 playoffs, Draper was checked from behind into the boards at the end of the players bench by Colorado Avalanche player Claude Lemieux. The hit forced Draper face first into the dasher (the top edge of the boards), causing him to suffer a broken jaw, broken nose, broken cheekbone, and a concussion. When the Wings and Avalanche met again on March 26, 1997, play was very physical between the two teams, and the anger over the injuries to Draper set off a massive brawl (Brawl in Hockeytown) between the two teams.

Draper did not have a breakout season offensively until 2003-04, when he scored 24 goals and 40 points, helping Detroit win the Presidents' Trophy. Draper won the Selke Trophy at the season's end as best defensive forward. He was named an alternate captain during the 2006-07 season. Draper was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2006 Winter Olympics. On October 25, 2007 Draper signed a three-year, $4.75-million contract extension with the team. He will earn $1.85 million in 2008-09, $1.65 million in 2009-10, and $1.25 million in the 2010-11 campaign -- for a salary cap hit value up $1.58-million.

Awards

* Stanley Cup (Detroit Red Wings) - 1997, 1998, 2002, 2008
* Frank J. Selke Trophy - 2004

Career statistics

International play

Played for Canada in:
*National team program 1988-89 and 1989-90
*1989 World Junior Championships
*1990 World Junior Championships
*2000 World Championships
*2001 World Championships
*2003 World Championships (gold medal)
*2004 World Cup of Hockey (gold medal)
*2005 World Championships (silver medal)

International statistics

References

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