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“Hockey was such a part of my life, as well as my family’s, that I knew we were all going to miss it.  For the first few weeks my son was in tears sobbing, ‘I miss you being a Red Wing daddy.’  I didn’t know what to say so we just cried together.  Nobody prepares you for that kind of stuff.”

-Kris Draper on retirement.  Robert Laura at Forbes did a story on star athletes retiring and Al Iafrate was also quoted.

“It’s hard to replace the passion you have for a sport.  There aren’t many jobs that you retire from where you get to prove that you are the very best of the best in front of thousands and thousands of people every night.”

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gowings's avatar

We miss a “character” guy on this team.

Posted by gowings from MTL on 05/22/12 at 03:16 PM ET

topshelf14's avatar

It’s official I miss Draper, Ozzie, Malts, DMac and the Wings of the 90’s.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/22/12 at 04:14 PM ET


Every lost faceoff in the playoffs, I missed Draper being a Red Wing, too.

Posted by mc keeper on 05/22/12 at 05:01 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Yep, we sure could use more of the likes of Draper, Maltby, McCarty, Osgood, etc…

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 05/22/12 at 05:06 PM ET

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