NEW YORK, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Former New York Rangers captain Chris Drury announced his retirement Friday, ending a 12-year NHL career.
Drury played in only 24 games last season because of a broken finger and arthroscopic knee surgery. The Rangers bought out his contract at the end of the campaign.
"Throughout his career, Chris Drury was always a great competitor, a tremendous leader and teammate, and the heart and soul type of player that every team would love to have," Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather said. "His commitment, determination and will to win were apparent each and every day. Those characteristics will have a lasting impact on all those who were fortunate enough to learn from Chris over his 12 years in the National Hockey League."
Drury was drafted in the third round by the Quebec Nordiques in 1994, but did not reach the NHL until the 1998-99 season. He was named rookie of the year while playing with Colorado and he led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in his third season with the team.
He went on to play for Calgary and spent the final five years of his career with the Rangers.
Drury scored 255 goals and had 360 assists in 892 career games. He played in 135 playoff contests and scored the game-winning goal in 17 of those post-season appearances.