JOE RIMKUS JR. / MCT
November 28, 2008
New York Rangers center and captain Chris Drury is one of the most accomplished athletes and certainly among the top hockey players to have ever been born in Connecticut. He broke into the league in the 1998-99 season, when he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie after finishing the year with 20 goals and 24 assists. To date, he is the only player to win both the Calder Trophy and the Hobey Baker Award, which is given out to the NCAA's best college hockey player. Two seasons after winning the Calder Trophy, he helped lead the Colorado Avalanche to their second championship, winning the Stanley Cup finals over the New Jersey Devils. He joined the Calgary Flames for the 2002-03 season, playing there for one year before being traded to the Buffalo Sabres, where he became a co-captain in 2005. He stayed with Buffalo until 2006-07, when he scored a career-high 37 goals. He signed with the New York Rangers in 2007 and this past season was named the team's captain. In 791 career games over 10 seasons in the NHL, Drury has scored 240 goals and tallied 338 assists.
Drury was born in Trumbull and grew accustomed to winning at a very early age. In 1989, he helped Trumbull to win the Little League World Series, pitching a complete game victory over Taiwan in the championship game. In high school, he helped lead Fairfield Prep, where he now has his number 18 retired, to a state hockey championship. Drury played college hockey at Boston University where he helped the Terriers to win a national championship his freshman year and won the Hobey Baker Award his senior year. In 2002, he played for the USA Olympic hockey team, which won the silver medal in Salt Lake City.