Dallas Drake

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Dallas Drake
DDrake.jpg
Born (1969-02-04) February 4, 1969 (age 45)
Trail, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
Phoenix Coyotes
Winnipeg Jets
NHL Draft 116th overall, 1989
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1990–2008

Dallas James Drake (born February 4, 1969) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey winger in the National Hockey League who last played for the Detroit Red Wings. Previously, Drake played for the Winnipeg Jets/Phoenix Coyotes, and St. Louis Blues. Drake played his college hockey at Northern Michigan University.

Playing career[edit]

Dallas Drake was drafted by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft in the 6th round, 116th overall. During his junior year at Northern Michigan, he was a key factor in the team winning the 1991 NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. In the final game, NMU teammate Darryl Plandowski scored the winning goal as the Wildcats defeated Boston University 8–7 in triple overtime. Following a stellar four-year college career, Drake made the Red Wings roster out of training camp without playing in the minor leagues. He enjoyed a fine rookie season in 1992–93, posting 44 points on 18 goals and 26 assists. The following season he was part of a trade that saw him shipped to the Winnipeg Jets along with goaltender Tim Cheveldae. The Red Wings received goaltender Bob Essensa and defenceman Sergei Bautin in return. The trade was generally a wash for the Wings, as Essensa appeared in only 13 games and was not a factor in the playoffs. Drake went on to have a successful role on the checking lines and penalty kill units of the Winnipeg/Phoenix Coyotes organization.

While on the Phoenix Coyotes, the Phoenix-area band, Stone Bogart, wrote and recorded the song "Dallas Drake," depicting many great moments by the player and clipping various radio broadcasts.[1] The song was used on ESPN and ABC broadcasts of NHL games for the few years following the song's release.

Drake has become known as a tenacious skater and a tough customer in the corners. Although as a pro, he's never been the goal scorer he was in college, his knowledge of the game, leadership and fierce competitiveness allowed him to skate in 1009 NHL games. Since 1992, he was sent to the minor leagues only once. In the 1993–1994 season, Drake skated one game in Adirondack on a rehab assignment, scoring two goals before returning to Detroit the following day and finishing with 10 goals and 22 assists.

Drake signed with the St. Louis Blues for the 2000–01 season, and remained with the organization for six seasons. He achieved his career high in goals with 20 during the 2002–03 season, and was named captain for the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons.

Drake was placed on waivers by the Blues on June 26, 2007 with the purpose of buying out his contract. On July 9, 2007, he was signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings to a one-year, $550,000 contract. He had considered ending his professional career with other NHL teams, but chose to return to Detroit in hopes of winning a Stanley Cup with the club that had drafted him over 16 years prior.[2] On June 4, 2008 those dreams were realized when Detroit defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins to win their 11th franchise Stanley Cup championship. During the on ice post-game celebrations Detroit captain Nicklas Lidström passed the Stanley Cup to Drake first.

On July 15, 2008 Drake announced his retirement from the NHL.[3] Coach Mike Babcock recently was quoted saying, "The thing that stands out in my mind is he's a family man; he was totally committed to our team. He drove us with his passion [and] his physicallity. He was a true professional, and the guys wanted to win for him. You can never replace the will of a quality, quality man and quality veteran."

Personal[edit]

Drake lives with his family in Traverse City, Michigan and still spends time in Marquette, Michigan. He has four children, Jakson, Delaney, Darby, and Dysen. Both Jakson and Delaney play youth hockey in Traverse City. Dallas Drake coaches Delaney's hockey team.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Vernon Lakers BCJHL
1988–89 Northern Michigan University NCAA 45 18 24 42 26
1989–90 Northern Michigan University NCAA 36 13 24 37 42
1990–91 Northern Michigan University NCAA 44 22 36 58 89
1991–92 Northern Michigan University NCAA 40 39 44 83 58
1992–93 Detroit Red Wings NHL 72 18 26 44 93 7 3 3 6 6
1993–94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 10 22 32 37
1993–94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 1 2 0 2 0
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 15 3 5 8 12
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 43 8 18 26 30
1995–96 Winnipeg Jets NHL 69 19 20 39 36 3 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 63 17 19 36 52 7 0 1 1 2
1997–98 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 60 11 29 40 71 4 0 1 1 2
1998–99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 53 9 22 31 65 7 4 3 7 4
1999–00 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 79 15 30 45 62 5 0 1 1 4
2000–01 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 12 29 41 71 15 4 2 6 16
2001–02 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 11 15 26 87 8 0 0 0 8
2002–03 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 20 10 30 66 7 1 4 5 23
2003–04 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 13 22 35 65 5 1 1 2 2
2004–05 Did not playLockout NHL
2005–06 St. Louis Blues NHL 62 2 24 26 59
2006–07 St. Louis Blues NHL 60 6 6 12 38
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 3 3 6 41 22 1 3 4 12
NHL totals 1009 177 300 477 885 90 14 19 33 79

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA First Team 1991–92
AHCA West First-Team All-American 1991–92

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Al MacInnis
St. Louis Blues captain
200507
Succeeded by
Eric Brewer