Kris Draper

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Kris Draper
Kris Draper March 2007.jpg
Born(1971-05-24) May 24, 1971 (age 43)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Played forWinnipeg Jets
Detroit Red Wings
National team Canada
NHL Draft62nd overall, 1989
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career1989–2011
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Kris Draper
Kris Draper March 2007.jpg
Born(1971-05-24) May 24, 1971 (age 43)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Played forWinnipeg Jets
Detroit Red Wings
National team Canada
NHL Draft62nd overall, 1989
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career1989–2011

Kristopher Bruce Draper (born May 24, 1971) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player who currently serves as Special Assistant to the General Manager of the Detroit Red Wings, with whom he played 17 seasons during his 20 year National Hockey League playing career.

Draper is a four-time winner of the Stanley Cup (all with Detroit), a Frank J. Selke Trophy winner and scored over 100 goals in the 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.

Playing career[edit]

Draper grew up in West Hill, Ontario (a suburb of Toronto), playing minor hockey for the Don Mills Flyers of the MTHL. After attending De La Salle College (Toronto), he was selected by the OHL's Windsor Spitfires in the 4th round of the 1988 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, however, elected to play for the Canadian National Team.

Drafted 62nd overall in the 1989 Draft by the Winnipeg Jets, Draper did not see much NHL action in his early years. He is a rarity in that he played in the American Hockey League (AHL) and NHL before playing junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). After playing just 20 games in the 4 seasons since he was drafted, he was traded to Detroit in 1993 for a dollar.[1] Doug MacLean, the general manager of the Adirondack Red Wings at that time and a former Detroit Red Wings assistant, was responsible for the trade. Draper would quickly become a valuable fixture in Detroit's rotation, and he began his reputation as the "One Dollar Man", eventually becoming one of only five players (three others were longtime teammates) to play over 1,000 games in a Red Wings uniform.

Kris draper.jpg

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 earned $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 of $1.58-million.

Draper prior to a faceoff against the Calgary Flames.

On March 17, 2009, Draper became the fifth player to play 1,000 games in a Red Wing uniform--—a feat accomplished only by Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman, Nicklas Lidström, and Tomas Holmström. All of them (except for Lidström and Holmström) are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame and have had their numbers retired by the Red Wings (except for Holmström). In Draper's case, his 1,000th game in a Red Wing uniform was his 1,020th game overall (passing the 1,000 NHL game milestone February 2, 2009).

Draper, discussing his accomplishment, said:

"Anytime you can join a group like that or there's a sentence and Draper slides in with them, it's a huge honor. I know I've been fortunate. I've been able to stay relatively healthy throughout my career and just been given a tremendous opportunity to remain a Red Wing as long as I have. A thousand games in a Red Wings uniform is something that I'm really proud of. I never imagined we'd be sitting here talking about something like that."

On July 25, 2011, the Detroit Red Wings prematurely announced the retirement of Draper, which was to be announced the next day at an 11 a.m news conference at Joe Louis Arena. The news of the retirement was leaked through a photo album The Detroit Red Wings posted on their official website. The album, named "Kris Draper in Photographs," contained 71 pictures. The 68th picture was accompanied by a caption that read "After 1,157 games and four Stanley Cup championships, Kris Draper announced his retirement during a press conference on July 26, 2011."[2] It was reported that Draper desired to play another season; however, the team did not have a roster spot for him, and he refused to sign a two-way deal or attend training camp to try out for a roster spot.[3] Draper retired on July 26, 2011.[4]

Front Office[edit]

Immediately following his retirement Draper was added to the Red Wings front office staff. He currently serves as the Special Assistant to the General Manager. In his position Draper, "work[s] closely with Detroit’s management team, assisting in player evaluation at both the professional and amateur levels. He will be asked to provide input regarding potential trades and free agent signings, as well as providing insight into potential selections at the annual NHL Entry Draft."

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for Canada Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Championships
Gold2003 Finland
Silver2005 Austria
World Cup of Hockey
Gold2004 Canada
World Junior Championships
Gold1991 Canada
Gold1990 Finland

Draper has participated in eight international tournaments for Canada:

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

  Regular season Playoffs
1987–88Don Mills Flyers Midget AAAMTHL4131457636
1988–89Canadian National TeamIntl6011152616
1989–90Canadian National TeamIntl6212223444
1990–91Moncton HawksAHL72132
1990–91Winnipeg JetsNHL31015
1990–91Ottawa 67'sOHL3919426135178111920
1991–92Moncton HawksAHL6111182911340116
1991–92Winnipeg JetsNHL10202220000
1992–93Moncton HawksAHL6712233540522418
1992–93Winnipeg JetsNHL70002
1993–94Adirondack Red WingsAHL4620234349
1993–94Detroit Red WingsNHL3958133172244
1994–95Detroit Red WingsNHL36268221841512
1995–96Detroit Red WingsNHL527916321842618
1996–97Detroit Red WingsNHL768513732024612
1997–98Detroit Red WingsNHL64131023451913412
1998–99Detroit Red WingsNHL804141879100116
1999–00Detroit Red WingsNHL5157122892026
2000–01Detroit Red WingsNHL75817253860112
2001–02Detroit Red WingsNHL82151530562323520
2002–03Detroit Red WingsNHL821421358240004
2003–04Detroit Red WingsNHL6724164031121346
2004–05Did not play —season not played due to 2004–05 NHL lockout
2005–06Detroit Red WingsNHL801022325860006
2006–07Detroit Red WingsNHL81141529581820224
2007–08Detroit Red WingsNHL659817682231410
2008–09Detroit Red WingsNHL79710174081010
2009–10Detroit Red WingsNHL8171522281200016
2010–11Detroit Red WingsNHL4765111280112
NHL totals1,157161203364790222242246160


YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
Junior totals141564
Senior totals39491318

Awards and honours[edit]

Stanley Cup1997, 1998, 2002, 2008
Frank J. Selke Trophy2004[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Wheatley, Tom (2003-06-20). "Futures can help the present". Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. ^ Malik, George. "Looks Like Draper Retiring Tomorrow". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Khan, Ansar. "Red Wings' Kris Draper to announce retirement Tuesday during news conference". Michigan Local News. Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Frank J. Selke Trophy winners". National Hockey League. 2010-06-04. Retrieved 2010-06-04. 

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Preceded by
Jere Lehtinen
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
Succeeded by
Rod Brind'Amour