We had another retirement today in the National Hockey League. After twenty years, the last seventeen of which were spent in Detroit, Kris Drpaer has called it a career.
Draper was not a scorer, but that was not what he was paid to do. An incredible grinder and defensive specialist, Draper would hoist the Stanley Cup on four occasions and would capture the Frank J. Selke Award for the best Defensive Forward in the National Hockey League.
Players like Kris Draper generally don't find themselves enshrined in Toronto, and we are not saying that he should be. However, take a moment to celebrate a man who lasted twenty years playing professional hockey at the highest level mostly in the rough corners of NHL rinks.
Thank you, Kris Draper.