Chris Drury

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Chris Drury
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Born (1976-08-20) August 20, 1976 (age 38)
Trumbull, CT, USA
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Center
Shot Right
Played for Colorado Avalanche
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
New York Rangers
National team  United States
NHL Draft 72nd overall, 1994
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1998–2011

Christopher Ellis Drury (born August 20, 1976) is a retired American professional ice hockey player. Drury is a Hobey Baker Award-winner with Boston University, a Calder Trophy winner with the Colorado Avalanche, a Stanley Cup champion with the Avalanche, a two-time Olympic silver medalist with the United States, and a former captain of the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. As a child, he also won the Little League Baseball World Series Championship with his hometown team from Trumbull, Connecticut. He is sometimes known by the nickname "McDrury".[1]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Drury excelled at a variety of sports as a child, including hockey and baseball. Playing for his hometown baseball team from Trumbull, Drury pitched a complete game, 5-hitter and drove in two runs to win the 1989 Little League World Series championship game against Chinese Taipei.[1] Two months later, Drury threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Game 2 of the 1989 World Series. He also met President George H. W. Bush and appeared on Good Morning America in New York City.

Drury played many sports simultaneously; before winning the Little League World Series with Trumbull, he won a national pee wee championship with his hockey team from Bridgeport the same year.[2] Along with his older brother, Ted Drury, he attended Fairfield College Preparatory School. He was co-captain of the varsity hockey team in his senior year, receiving Connecticut all-state honors for his efforts on the ice.[3] Chris and Ted are the only players in Fairfield Prep's hockey history to have their numbers retired.[citation needed] The number 18, which they both wore, hangs above the school's home rink at the Wonderland of Ice in Bridgeport in the old rink (currently known as the Stadium Rink after the renovations that added another rink), as well as in the lobby outside the locker room complex at Fairfield Prep itself. Chris' name and number are also painted above the entrance doors to the Classic arena at the same ice rink.

Playing career[edit]

After graduating from Fairfield College Preparatory School, Drury was drafted by the Quebec Nordiques 72nd overall in the third round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft. Upon being drafted, Drury began a four-year career at Boston University. In 1995, Drury won a national championship with BU in his freshman year.[1] In both 1997 and 1998 he was named Hockey East's player of the year and was also named best defensive forward in 1998. In his senior year, he won the Hobey Baker Award as the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)'s top ice hockey player after finishing as the runner-up the previous season. Drury was the first BU player to reach 100 career goals and assists, finishing with 113 and 100, respectively.[4] BU would win the Beanpot tournament all four years he played for them. On January 15, 2009, well into his NHL career, Drury was named Hockey East's Best Defensive Forward, as part of the league's 25th Anniversary celebration. Drury was chosen in a vote of Hockey East fans and members of the league's 25th Anniversary Committee.[5]

The Nordiques franchise was relocated to Denver, Colorado in 1995, and renamed the Colorado Avalanche. Drury began his NHL career there in 1998–99. Recording 44 points in his first season, Drury was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's top rookie. In doing so, he became the first player in history to have won both the Hobey Baker Award and the Calder Trophy.[6]

After a 65-point season in 2000–01, Drury won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, adding 16 points in the playoffs. Drury became a fan favorite with the Avalanche crowd primarily due to his clutch play during playoffs. He had a total of 11 game-winning goals in 4 straight playoff seasons in Colorado. Avalanche captain Joe Sakic once said of Drury, "You want a goal, you're in overtime – you want him."[1][7] Because of his penchant for game-winning goals, Drury was often referred to as one of the best clutch players in the NHL.

Although Drury's production dipped to 46 points in 2001–02, he was named to the U.S. roster for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Though he did not record any points in the tournament, the Americans surprised many by making it all the way to the finals where they lost to Canada. This was the best finish for the United States at the tournament since the 1980 Miracle on Ice.[citation needed]

Before the start of the next season, on October 1, 2002, Drury and Stephane Yelle were traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for Derek Morris, Dean McAmmond and Jeff Shantz. He spent just one season with the team before he was traded again on July 3, 2003, this time to the Buffalo Sabres. Traded twice in two seasons, Drury was admittedly frustrated.[8] However, Drury regained his form and excelled in Buffalo, serving as co-captain with Daniel Brière from 2005 to his departure via free agency in 2007. With his previous numbers (37 with Colorado and 18 with Calgary) both taken in Buffalo, Drury switched to 23 in honor of his childhood hero, New York Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly.[9]

Drury with the Buffalo Sabres

Drury again represented the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where the Americans finished a disappointing 8th overall.[citation needed]

After a career-high 37-goal, 69-point campaign in 2006–07, the Sabres made a second consecutive run to the Eastern Conference Finals this time as the Presidents' Trophy-winning first seed, where they faced the Ottawa Senators, . Proving he could still be a clutch performer, Drury scored two game-winning goals in the first round against the New York Islanders,[1] then scored the game-tying goal in game five of the second round against the New York Rangers with 7.7 seconds left in regulation time.[10] The Sabres won 2–1 in overtime and closed out the series against the Rangers 4 games to 2. In game four of the Conference Finals against the Senators, Drury recorded another game-winner to stave off elimination,[11] though the Sabres were eventually defeated 4 games to 1.

In the off-season, Drury and co-captain Danny Brière both became unrestricted free agents. While Brière signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, on July 1, 2007, Drury signed a five-year, $35.25 million contract with the New York Rangers.[12] He made his Rangers debut against the Florida Panthers, scoring a goal in a 5–2 win.[13] On February 1, 2008, in a game against the New Jersey Devils, Drury scored an empty net goal on the power play for his 500th career point.[14] He finished his first season with the Rangers with 58 points – third in team scoring. Matched up against the New Jersey Devils in the first round, Drury scored the game-winning and series-clinching goal to eliminate the Devils in five games.[15] On October 1, 2008, Drury and the Rangers won the Victoria Cup, defeating Metallurg Magnitogorsk by a score of 4–3.

After the departure of Jaromir Jagr from the Rangers to play in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Drury was named the 25th captain in Rangers history on October 3, 2008. Drury was only the second American-born captain in team history.[16] This made Drury one of four active NHL players at the time to have captained two different NHL teams (the others were Chris Pronger, Joe Thornton and former teammate Adam Foote).

Drury was named to the United States roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics. Drury, Jamie Langenbrunner and Brian Rafalski were the only members of the 2010 team who have previous Olympic experience. Because of his disappointing play for the Rangers in 2010 (he had spent much of the season on the fourth line, with a pre-Olympics scoring total of 8G-11A-19P and a –14 plus-minus rating), Drury's inclusion on the team was questioned by former Olympian Jeremy Roenick, who said the team might be better served by adding either former Rangers teammate Scott Gomez or T. J. Oshie.[17] On February 21, 2010, Drury scored the go-ahead goal to break a 2–2 tie in a critical round-robin game against Canada. The American team went on to win 5–3. The Americans lost a rematch to the Canadians in the gold medal game and Drury was awarded an Olympic silver medal for the second time.

In June 2011, rumors began circulating that the Rangers were looking to negotiate a contract buyout with Drury. However, these rumors were silenced after it was announced that Drury may have a degenerative condition in his left knee which would cause him to miss the entire 2011–12 season.[18]

On June 29, 2011, Drury accepted a buy-out of the final year of his contract, to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2011. Drury would count approximately $3.716 million against the 2011–12 salary cap, and about $1.667 million against the 2012–13 salary cap.[19] On August 19, 2011, closer to two months after the buy-out, Drury retired as a player.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Chris and wife Rory[21] have three children; two daughters Dylan, born December 2003, and Kelly, born December 2009, and son Luke, born May 2005.[citation needed] and currently resides in Greenwich, CT

Records[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Boston University HE 39 12 15 27 38
1995–96 Boston University HE 37 35 32 67 46
1996–97 Boston University HE 41 38 24 62 64
1997–98 Boston University HE 38 28 29 57 88
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 79 20 24 44 62 19 6 2 8 4
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 20 47 67 42 17 4 10 14 4
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 71 24 41 65 47 23 11 5 16 4
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 21 25 46 38 21 5 7 12 10
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 80 23 30 53 33
2003–04 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 18 35 53 68
2005–06 Buffalo Sabres NHL 81 30 37 67 32 18 9 9 18 10
2006–07 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 37 32 69 30 16 8 5 13 2
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 82 25 33 58 45 10 3 3 6 8
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 81 22 34 56 32 6 1 0 1 2
2009–10 New York Rangers NHL 77 14 18 32 31
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 24 1 4 5 8 5 0 1 1 2
HE totals 155 113 100 213 236
NHL totals 892 255 360 615 468 135 47 42 89 46

International[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City
Silver 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Bronze 2004 Prague
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1996 United States WJC 5th 6 2 2 4 2
1997 United States WC 6th 8 0 1 1 2
1998 United States WC 12th 6 1 2 3 12
2002 United States OG 6 0 0 0 0
2004 United States WC 9 3 3 6 27
2004 United States WCH 4th 5 0 0 0 0
2006 United States OG 8th 6 0 3 3 2
2010 United States OG 6 2 0 2 0
Junior totals 6 2 2 4 2
Senior totals 46 6 9 15 43

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East All-Star 1995–96
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 1995–96
All-Hockey East All-Star 1996–97
AHCA East First-Team All-American 1996–97
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1997 [22]
All-Hockey East First Team 1997–98
AHCA East First-Team All-American 1997–98

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Traikos, Michael (2007-04-20). "'Captain Clutch' walks softly with big stick". National Post. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  2. ^ "At the Little League World Series". Sports Illustrated. 1989-09-04. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  3. ^ Connecticut all-state honors[dead link]
  4. ^ "Chris Drury bio, Rangers.nhl.com". 
  5. ^ "BU'S DRURY NAMED HOCKEY EAST'S TOP ALL-TIME DEFENSIVE FORWARD". Hockey East. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-01-18. 
  6. ^ a b Berkow, Ira (2006-05-02). "For Drury, Winning Is Not The Only Thing". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  7. ^ Price, S.L. (2007-04-10). "The Winner". SI.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  8. ^ Fitzpatrick, Jamie. "2003 Hockey Quotes of the Year". About.com. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  9. ^ "Fans: Feel the power". ESPN. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  10. ^ Zinser, Lynn (2007-05-05). "Sabres Steal Victory From Rangers". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  11. ^ Allen, Kevin (2007-05-16). "Sabres stay alive, edge Senators in Game 4". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  12. ^ "Rangers ink Gomez and Drury". Associated Press. 2007-07-02. Archived from the original on 2007-12-25. Retrieved 2008-02-02. 
  13. ^ "Drury, Briere have strong debuts". USA Today. 2007-10-05. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  14. ^ "Rangers 3, Devils 1". Associated Press. 2008-02-01. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  15. ^ "Rangers ice Devils 5-3; advance to next round". USA Today. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-10-05. 
  16. ^ Brooks, Larry (2008-10-03). "Rangers name Drury captain". New York Post. Retrieved 2008-10-03. 
  17. ^ "Roenick baffled that Drury named to Team USA". CTV. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  18. ^ Brooks, Larry (2011-06-17). "Rangers can't buy out injured Drury". NYPOST.com. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  19. ^ "New York Rangers make Chris Drury buyout official, clear cap room - ESPN New York". Sports.espn.go.com. 2011-06-29. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  20. ^ "Chris Drury retires after 12 NHL seasons". National Hockey League. 2011-08-19. Retrieved 2011-08-19. 
  21. ^ Thomson, Josh. "The NHL’s $35 Million Man | BU Today | Boston University". Bu.edu. Retrieved 2011-11-14. 
  22. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records". NCAA.org. Retrieved 2013-06-19. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jaromir Jagr
New York Rangers captain
2008-11
Succeeded by
Ryan Callahan
Preceded by
Rotating captaincy ended
Buffalo Sabres captain
200507
with Daniel Briere
Succeeded by
Jochen Hecht
(rotating captaincy resumed)
Preceded by
Daniel Briere
Buffalo Sabres captain
March–April 2004
Succeeded by
Co-captaincy with Briere,
full-time
Preceded by
Miroslav Satan
Buffalo Sabres captain
November 2003
Succeeded by
James Patrick
Awards
Preceded by
Jay Pandolfo
Hockey East Player of the Year
1996–97
1997–98
Succeeded by
Jason Krog
Preceded by
Travis Dillabough
Hockey East Best Defensive Forward
1997–98
Succeeded by
Doug Nolan
Preceded by
Brendan Morrison
Winner of the Hobey Baker Award
1997–98
Succeeded by
Jason Krog
Preceded by
Sergei Samsonov
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1999
Succeeded by
Scott Gomez