Kris Draper announces his retirement from hockey

(WXYZ) - Kris Draper announced his retirement during a press conference Tuesday morning.


The 40-year-old, center got emotional when announcing his retirement and thanking the supporters that contributed to his career since the Wings obtained him in 1993.

Draper opened by saying, "This is something I have thought long and hard about with my family, friends and teammates."

He rattled off a long list of thank yous, including his his family and children, saying "I'll miss seeing you cheering from Section 114."

Like many professional athletes who have retired before, Draper got emotional, having to pause between statements. "There is sadness because this is all I know. I love this game. I love everything about it. I love the training. I love to compete."

Draper won four Stanley Cups with the Wings, he was the winner of the Selke Trophy in 2004. He scored 161 goals and compiled 203 assists.

He played 1,137 game with the Red Wings and was second behind Nicklas Lidstrom in postseason games played with 222.

One of his last statement during the news conference gave a nod to not only the game but the team he loved, "I'm going to miss being a hockey player. I'm going to miss putting on DRAPER 33. I loved it."



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