Kris Draper was Traded for $1

The Winnipeg jets probably would want that trade back. After winning 4 Stanley Cups on the best teams Detroit has ever had to offer the NHL. Draper retired with over 1000 games under his belt as a Detroit Red Wing, and 4 Stanley Cups (in 97,98, 2002, and 2008), and a lot to show for his trade.

In 1993 the Detroit Red Wings traded for Draper for the steep price of $1.

Here are his career stats, most notable is his total games played. Draper played on the Grind Line for Detroit. A fast playing checking line that would shut down opposing offenses is essential for playoff hockey. This line was able to not only score those gritty goals, but also create physical tension and enforce play for the Wings.

Years later this trade would be mocked by Draper who handed Mark Ilitch a single dollar after helping the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in 1997.



Games Goals Assists Points Playoff Games Playoff Goals Playoff assists Playoff Points Number of Cups
1157 151 203 364 222 24 22 46 4


After 17 seasons with the Red Wings we can all conclude that Draper was one talented Red Wing, and Mr. Ilitch certainly spent that dollar well.


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