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article imageNHL: Kris Draper calls it quits after 20 years

By Luke Vermeer     Jul 26, 2011 in Sports
Former Detroit Red Wing and one of the last remaining original Winnipeg Jets, Kris Draper has retired after 20 NHL seasons.
The retirement was made official at a news conference Tuesday afternoon confirming what had been rumored for weeks.
Draper had spent the last 17 years as a member of the Detroit Red Wings but a series of groin injuries combined with a decline in skill and foot speed led to his decision to retire.
"I never thought I was going to last this long," said Draper in a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Draper was famously traded to the Red Wings in 1993 for the princely sum of one dollar.
With the retirement of Draper and the possible retirement of Teemu Selanne there are now only two remaining members of the original Winnipeg Jets playing in the NHL, Shane Doan and Nikolai Khabibulin.
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