Kris Draper is a Canadian center for the Detroit Red Wings.
Draper was drafted by the Winnipeg Jets in 1989, but saw very limited playing time in Winnipeg. In 1993, Detroit bought him for a single dollar, making him one of the most economical purchases ever made. He has been a major part of all four of Detroit’s recent Stanley Cup victories, and has become one of the premier defensive forwards and penalty killers in the NHL. He won the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward in 2004, and was named an alternate captain for Detroit in 2005.
In the middle of Detroit’s 1996 Western Conference Finals matchup, Draper was the victim of a cheap shot by Colorado’s Claude Lemieux. He broke his nose, jaw and cheekbone, while suffering a concussion. The following season, the two teams met in the Conference Finals again, and Darren McCarty got revenge on Lemieux for his old linemate with a hit that sparked one of the largest brawls in NHL history.
Draper has represented Canada numerous times. He played in the World Junior Championships in 1989 and 1990, as well as the IIHF World Hockey Championships from 2000-2005. He won gold at the World Cup with Team Canada, and played in the 2006 Turin Olympics as well.