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Chris Drury to become Rangers assistant GM: report

Former NHL forward played role in Jimmy Vesey recruitment

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Chris Drury will be named assistant general manager of the New York Rangers on Friday, according to ESPN.com.

Drury, who spent the final four seasons of his playing career with the Rangers, returned to the organization last season as director of player development. Among other tasks Drury had was helping recruit unrestricted free agent forward Jimmy Vesey, who agreed to terms with the Rangers on Aug. 19.

"Chris Drury was someone that I was really impressed with during the meeting with the Rangers and he's someone that I respect a lot based on what he's done in his career," Vesey said.

Like Vesey last season, Drury won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA hockey as a college senior (1998, Boston University).

Drury, who was selected by the Quebec Nordiques in the third round (No. 72) of the 1994 NHL Draft, had 260 goals and 615 points in 12 NHL seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and Rangers. He helped the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup in 2001 and won the silver medal with the United States at the 2002 and 2010 Olympics.

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