Chris Chelios and Kris Draper Giving Back To The Community (Video)
Lance Martinez from My Detroit Sports provides this original clip of NHL greats Chris Chelios and Kris Draper signing autographs, on behalf of the Salvation Army, during a December holiday season event. The fundraising effort took place at a Kroger’s grocery store, in the Detroit suburb of Northville, Michigan.
The 54-year-old Chelios played a whopping 26 NHL seasons, which ties him with Gordie Howe for the most all-time. Chelios holds the record for most games ever skated by a defenseman. The Chicago area native’s career included stints with the Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings and briefly the Thrashers (now the Winnipeg Jets). The 11-time All-Star won three Stanley Cups as a player, one early in his career with Montreal (1986), later picking up his other two (2002, 2008) during a 10-year stretch with the Red Wings.
Chelios was elected into the hockey hall of fame in 2013.
These days, the NHL legend spends his time between his primary residence in Malibu, California and business interests in Detroit, which include an advisory role with the Red Wings and ownership of Cheli’s Chile Bar, located in downtown Detroit.
The 45-year-old Draper played an impressive 20 NHL campaigns, 17 of which with the Red Wings. The center was a part of four Detroit Stanley Cup victories (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008). For his career, the Toronto area native tallied 161 goals and 203 assists.
Upon retiring in 2011, Draper assumed the role of Red Wings special assistant to the general manager.