Kris Draper: Calling It a Career

July 29th, 2011 by Jason Ham Leave a reply »

Surely this is a daunting prospect for any professional athlete. But for Kris Draper, this prospect is now a reality. He is face-to-face with life after 20 years spent playing in the National Hockey League.

Being a professional in any sport means being completely committed to your craft. An entire lifetime is spent perfecting your skills and fine tuning the most effective weapon in your arsenal: your body.

Unfortunately for many NHL players, this level of commitment does not necessarily produce the levels of success that Draper has seen during his career.

For example, players such as Marcel Dionne, Gilbert Perrault, Jean Ratelle and Darryl Sittler, who all have well over 1,000 career points each, have never sipped champagne from the Stanley Cup.

I have a feeling that if you asked these players if they would trade their places in the record books, the trophies they won, the All-Star appearances and the glory of being among the most popular players of their times for just ONE chance to hoist the most famous trophy in sports history, the answer would be a resounding “yes.”

Then th ...

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