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After 12 Seasons, Drury Skates Away From NHL

August 20th 2011 02:22
There was no fanfare, no lavish on-ice ceremonies.

In other words, Chris Drury's retirement from the NHL was just the way he wanted it: quiet and dignified, much like the player himself.

Drury, who played 12 seasons in the league, was known for his clutch play especially in the postseason when he racked up 17 game-winning goals.

Miss Chris
Chris Drury

His final five years in New York with the Rangers didn't go as well as Drury hoped, but GM Glen Sather had kind words for the classy center.

"Throughout his career, Chris Drury was always a great competitor, a tremendous leader and teammate, and the heart and soul type of player that every team would love to have," Sather said. "His commitment, determination and will to win were apparent each and every day. Those characteristics will have a lasting impact on all those who were fortunate enough to learn from Chris over his 12 years in the National Hockey League."

He played for the Avalanche and won a Stanley Cup his third year there and Drury finished his career with 255 goals and had 360 assists in 892 career games.

Drury suffered a broken finger and had arthroscopic knee surgery in 2010, limiting the Rangers captain to just 24 games.

In the end, that was probably too much for Drury to take.

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