Checking the American League East baseball standings today, Chris Drury’s name popped into my head. With the New York Yankees having a double-digit lead on my Red Sox, I couldn’t help but think how much Drury would be needling me right now if our respective stations in life were still as they were 20 years ago.
So, I went down to the basement to my pile of old newspaper pages and, sure enough, this front page of the May 26, 2000, Denver Post sports section was near the top. Chris Drury, winning another big game for the Avalanche. In this case, it was Game 6 of the 2000 Western Conference finals against Dallas. Drury’s goal, a shot from Ray Bourque that deflected in off his knee, tied the series 3-3. The Stars won Game 7, 3-2, with Adam Deadmarsh hitting the post right near the buzzer of regulation to end a series in which the Avs clearly were the better team, but just couldn’t finish their chances.
So, some Chris Drury stories/memories for this early August day, 19 years later: