Chris Drury '94
Chris Drury may be the most decorated athlete to pass through the Prep portals. Even before attending his first class, he had received national acclaim as a star pitcher for the champion Trumbull Little League team of 1989.
He played baseball for Prep too, making the varsity as a third baseman his sophomore season in 1992, but he sat out the following season due to a broken wrist. He came back strong for his senior season, starring as a utility player (catcher, pitcher, first baseman, second baseman, third baseman) and hitting .388 with only one strikeout. He was selected to the all-ACC and Connecticut Post All-Star teams in 1994.
However, Drury’s true calling was hockey. In four seasons, he set numerous scoring records and is one of only two players to have his number retired (the other is older brother Ted, a standout in his own right who also wore #18). In 97 career games, he scored 93 goals with 88 assists for 181 points. He won a CIAC Division I championship in 1991 and reached the Division I title game in 1992. He was a two-time all-stater (1993, 1994) and Connecticut’s Division I Player of the Year in 1994.
After Prep, Drury attended Boston University, where he had one of the most impressive careers in NCAA history. Over four seasons, he scored 113 goals and added 101 assists for 214 points in 155 games as BU won the NCAA championship in 1994-95, lost the following season and made the Frozen Four three times.
Drury was a first team All-American twice, a Hobey Baker finalist on three occasions (1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98), and won the award (symbolic of the top player in college hockey) in 1997-98. He is Boston University’s all-time leader in goals and ranks third on the school’s all-time points list.
Internationally, Drury represented the United States in numerous tournaments and earned several medals. He played in three consecutive Winter Olympics (2002, 2006, 2010), capturing a silver medal at the 2002 games in Salt Lake City and the 2010 games in Vancouver.
Drury went on to play 12 seasons in the NHL, skating in 892 games with the Colorado Avalanche, Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and the Rangers, registering 255 goals and 360 assists for 615 points. He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Avalanche in 2000-01, ranking second in the NHL with 11 goals in 23 games during the team’s playoff run. In 1998-99, he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s Rookie of the Year after registering 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points with Colorado.
Drury played four seasons with the Rangers after signing with them as a free agent in 2007. He was named only the second American-born captain in team history in 2008 and held that honor for three seasons. He recorded 62 goals and 89 assists for 151 points in 264 games with the Blueshirts.
Drury is finishing up his first season as the Rangers’ Assistant General Manager.