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Kings Agree to Terms with Chris Drury on a One-Year Contract

by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Chris Drury, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Drury, 34, played in 24 regular season games with the New York Rangers this past season and also in all five of his club’s playoff games.  He was that club’s captain and during the regular season he recorded five points (1-4=5), a plus-two rating and eight penalty minutes while in the postseason he recorded one point (an assist) and two penalty minutes.  He was limited to the 24 games last year due to a knee injury and a fractured finger.

A nine-time 20-goal scorer, Drury up until this past season had averaged 72 games played a season from 1998-99 through the 2009-10 season.  He has played in at least 80 games on six different occasions.    

Drury has scored as many as 37 goals in a season.  The 12-year veteran has registered 255 goals, 360 assists and 615 points during his career along with 468 penalty minutes in 892 career regular season games.  In 135 playoff games, he has 89 points including 47 goals.  In 2001, he won the Stanley Cup while with the Colorado Avalanche.   

Originally selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the third-round (72nd overall) of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Drury made his debut with the Avalanche during the 1998-99 campaign – where he won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most outstanding rookie.  Prior to that he enjoyed a standout four-year career at Boston University, where he won the National Championship as a freshman and, following his senior year, he won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top ice hockey player.  He left the program as that school’s all-time leader in goals scored.

Drury played his first four NHL seasons with Colorado before stops in Calgary (for one season) and Buffalo, where he served as team captain.  After three seasons with the Sabres, which included a Presidents Trophy (2007), he signed a five-year free agent contract with the Rangers.  With New York, Drury registered goal-scoring seasons of 25, 22 and 14 before injuries limited him last season.   

Internationally, Drury has represented Team USA eight different times, including the past three Winter Olympic Games.  In 2010, he was one of three former Olympians on that U.S. squad and he scored the go-ahead goal in a game against Canada as the Americans won the game, 5-3.  In all, he has won two Olympic silver medals.

Drury is a 5-10, 200-pound native of Trumbull, Connecticut.  While a kid in his hometown, he helped lead his Little League baseball squad to the 1989 Little League World Series where they won the championship against Chinese Taipei.

Drury is one of four new players recently added to the Kings 2011-12 roster, joining Simon Gagne (signed as a free agent on July 2), Colin Fraser (acquired via trade on June 26) and Michael Richards (acquired via trade on June 23). 

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