Ep.12 | For the Love of the Game with Kris Draper

In this episode, Coach Andy sits down with 20-year NHL veteran, Kris Draper. They discuss everything from player development, scouting, parents, and coaching through the lens of Kris’ storied carrier.

Show Notes and Resources

Kris Draper
Detroit Red Wings Director of Amateur Scouting

Through his experience in minor, junior, and professional hockey, as well as his role scouting in the Red Wings organization, Kris Draper offers great insights covering all aspects of the game.

Draper was one of the greatest “finds” in NHL history. He played 1000+ games and 17 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings, helping them win the Stanley Cup four times from 1997-2008 — all after being acquired from the Winnipeg Jets for exactly $1. The Jets selected Draper, a center from Toronto, in the third round (No. 62) of the 1989 NHL Draft after he played the 1988-89 season with Canada’s national junior team.

He went on to play one more season with Canada, helping it finish first at the 1990 IIHF World Junior Championship. Draper retired after the 2010-11 season with 364 points (161 goals, 203 assists) in 1,157 regular-season games, and 46 points (24 goals, 22 assists) in 222 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

After retiring, Draper remained with the Red Wings in a number of roles, including director of amateur scouting.


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