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Born May 24, 1971 (1971-05-24) (age 38),
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Detroit Red Wings
Winnipeg Jets
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 62nd overall, 1989
Winnipeg Jets
Playing career 1989 – present

Kristopher "Kris" Draper (born May 24, 1971) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL). 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 2007–08 season.

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Playing career

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] Draper would quickly become a valuable fixture in Detroit's rotation, and he began his reputation as the "One Dollar Man."

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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.

On March 17, 2009, Draper became the fifth person to play 1,000 games in a Red Wing uniform—a feat accomplished only by Gordie Howe, Alex Delvecchio, Steve Yzerman, and Nicklas Lidström. Howe, Yzerman and Delvecchio are Hall of Famers and Lidström certainly will be after his career ends. It was Draper's 1,020th NHL game (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."

Awards

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Canadian National Team Intl 60 11 15 26 16
1989–90 Canadian National Team Intl 62 12 22 34 44
1990–91 Moncton Hawks AHL 7 2 1 3 2
1990–91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 3 1 0 1 5
1990–91 Ottawa 67's OHL 39 19 42 61 35 17 8 11 19 20
1991–92 Moncton Hawks AHL 61 11 18 29 113 4 0 1 1 6
1991–92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 10 2 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 0
1992–93 Moncton Hawks AHL 67 12 23 35 40 5 2 2 4 18
1992–93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 7 0 0 0 2
1993–94 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 46 20 23 43 49
1993–94 Detroit Red Wings NHL 39 5 8 13 31 7 2 2 4 4
1994–95 Detroit Red Wings NHL 36 2 6 8 22 18 4 1 5 12
1995–96 Detroit Red Wings NHL 52 7 9 16 32 18 4 2 6 18
1996–97 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 8 5 13 73 20 2 4 6 12
1997–98 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 13 10 23 45 19 1 3 4 12
1998–99 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 4 14 18 79 10 0 1 1 6
1999–00 Detroit Red Wings NHL 51 5 7 12 28 9 2 0 2 6
2000–01 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 8 17 25 38 6 0 1 1 2
2001–02 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 15 15 30 56 23 2 3 5 20
2002–03 Detroit Red Wings NHL 82 14 21 35 82 4 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 24 16 40 31 12 1 3 4 6
2005–06 Detroit Red Wings NHL 80 10 22 32 58 6 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Detroit Red Wings NHL 81 14 15 29 58 18 2 0 2 24
2007–08 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 9 8 17 68 22 3 1 4 10
2008–09 Detroit Red Wings NHL 79 7 10 17 40 8 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 1029 148 183 331 750 202 24 21 45 142

International play

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
World Cup
Gold 2004 World Cup of Hockey Canada
World Championships
Gold 2003 Canada
Silver 2005 Canada
Draper prior to a faceoff against the Calgary Flames.

Played for Canada in:

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International statistics

Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Canada n/a 60 11 15 26 16
1989–90 Canada n/a 61 12 22 34 44
1989 Canada WJC 7 0 2 2 4
1990 Canada WJC 7 1 3 4 0
2000 Canada WC 3 1 0 1 0
2001 Canada WC 7 1 2 3 0
2003 Canada WC 9 0 3 3 10
2004 Canada WCH 5 2 2 4 2
2005 Canada WC 9 0 2 2 6
Senior int'l totals 33 4 9 13 18

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Preceded by
Jere Lehtinen
Winner of the Frank J. Selke Trophy
2004
Succeeded by
Rod Brind'Amour (2006)

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