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Rangers' Drury enshrined in Little League Hall of Excellence

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The Canadian Press
8/30/2009 5:12:21 PM
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SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. -- New York Rangers centre Chris Drury got his big-game experience at a young age, just not in hockey.

Twenty years after pitching Trumbull, Conn., to the Little League World Series title, Drury returned to central Pennsylvania to be enshrined into the Little League Museum Hall of Excellence.

Drury picked up his award in front of the plate, not far from the mound where the former pitcher won 1989 title game over Taiwan.

"Certainly, 20 years ago, I had one of the greatest weeks in my life," said Drury, getting a standing ovation from the crowd as he picked up his honour. "It's certainly not something I'll ever forget."

Now 33, Drury played baseball through high school, then moved on to make his mark on the ice. He won the Hobey Baker Award while at Boston University as the best Division I hockey player; a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche; and a silver medal with the U.S. Olympic team.

He didn't bite when asked to order his accomplishments.

"I try to not rank anything, the Stanley Cup, the silver medal," Drury said. "It's something pure and innocent that whole summer growing as a team, growing as a family. ... It's still pretty special to me."

Drury drove into South Williamsport on Sunday with three old Little League teammates, Ken Martin, Cody Lee and Chris Kelly. Most of the rest of the squad also recently gathered back home to celebrate the 20th anniversary.

"He never had butterflies, in any game, or the NHL," Lee joked, patting Drury on the back.

Kelly was the only one on the team who played professional ball, spending several years in the St. Louis Cardinals' organization. Lee is a mason contractor, while Martin manages a restaurant.

Chris Drury (Photo: Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Andy Marlin/NHLI via Getty Images)
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