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This Birthday in Buffalo Sports History: Chris Drury

(Born August 20, 1976) -- Chris Drury probably thought his athletic peak came at a very young age at some points of his life.

After all, he was a world champion around the age of 13. Drury pitched Trumbull, Conn., to a Little League World Series title in 1989. That led to him throwing out the first pitch before Game Two of the 1989 World Series, and a meeting with President George Bush.

Drury went from there to a hockey career, starting at Boston University. He had been drafted by the Quebec Nordiques. The forward won the Hobey Baker Trophy in 1998.

Quebec became Colorado, and Drury joined the Avalanche in 1998.  That’s where he won the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie. In 2001, Drury and Colorado won the Stanley Cup together.

Drury was traded to Calgary in 2002, and became a Sabre in 2003. He had three great years in Buffalo, setting career highs in goals and points. Drury led the Sabres to some great seasons.

He became a free agent in 2007, and broke the hearts of Sabres’ fans when he signed with the Rangers. Drury played four seasons in New York, but his play had fallen off and he retired in 2011.

--- Budd Bailey


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Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey

Budd Bailey has served in a variety of roles in Buffalo sports in the past 35 years, including reporter, talk-show host, baseball announcer, public relations staffer and author. He covers the Bandits and running for The News when not working as an editor.