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Drury named Rangers' 25th team captain

32-year-old forward only second U.S.-born player to receive the "C"

Friday, 10.03.2008 / 1:49 PM / News
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Drury named Rangers\' 25th team captain
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that center Chris Drury has been named the 25th Captain in team history.

Chris Drury is no stranger to being an NHL captain. He was a co-captain of the Buffalo team that won the Presidents' Trophy as the regular-season champion.
"Chris Drury is a natural leader who possesses all of the qualities and characteristics we desire from our Captain," Sather said. "He has always been known as a clutch performer and a winner.  Chris leads by example with his tireless work ethic on and off the ice, and is extremely deserving of this honor."

Drury, 32, is entering his 10th season in the NHL and second with the Rangers. He was originally selected by the Quebec Nordiques as their third round choice, 72nd overall, in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft.

In 1998-99, he won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie after finishing the season third among first-year players with 20 goals. He recorded a career-best 47 assists in 1999-00, and established career-highs with 37 goals and 69 points during the 2006-07 season. Drury tallied 11 goals during the 2001 playoffs, second-most in the league, to help the Colorado Avalanche capture the Stanley Cup Championship.

Prior to turning professional, Drury won the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player in 1998, and led Boston University (HE) to the 1995 NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship. A two-time Olympian (2002 and 2006), Drury was a member of the United States squad that won the Silver Medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics at Salt Lake City, Utah.

In addition, the Trumbull, Connecticut native competed in the 1989 Little League World Series for his hometown and was the winning pitcher in the championship clinching game against Taiwan.

Sather also announced that Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund have been named Alternate Captains of the team.

NEW YORK RANGERS’ ALL-TIME TEAM CAPTAINS
Bill Cook    (1926-27 – 1936-37)
Art Coulter    (1937-38 - 1941-42)
Ott Heller    (1942-43 – 1944-45)
Neil Colville    (1945-46 – December 21, 1948)
Buddy O’Connor    (1949-50)
Frank Eddolls    (1950-51 – December 6, 1951)
Allan Stanley    (December 20, 1951 – November 3, 1953)
Don Raleigh    (November 4, 1953 – 1954-55)
Harry Howell     (1955-56 – 1956-57)
George Sullivan    (1957-58 – 1960-61)
Andy Bathgate    (1961-62 – February 22, 1964)
Camille Henry    (February 23, 1964 – February 4, 1965)
Bob Nevin    (February 5, 1965 – 1970-71)
Vic Hadfield    (1971-72 – 1973-74)
Brad Park    (1974-75 – November 7, 1975)
Phil Esposito    (November 12, 1975 – October 10, 1978)
Dave Maloney    (October 11, 1978 – December 6, 1980)
Walt Tkaczuk    (December 7, 1980 – February 3, 1981)
Barry Beck    (February 4, 1981 – May 9, 1986)
Ron Greschner    (October 9, 1986 – December 3, 1987)
Kelly Kisio    (December 24, 1987 – May 30, 1991)
Mark Messier    (October 7, 1991 – May 25, 1997)
Brian Leetch    (October 3, 1997 – July 13, 2000)
Mark Messier    (July 13, 2000 – April 3, 2004)
Jaromir Jagr    (October 5, 2006 – June 30, 2008)
Chris Drury    (September 30, 2008 – )