DETROIT -- Forward Kris Draper will announce his retirement following 17 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings Tuesday at an 11 a.m. news conference at Joe Louis Arena.
The team has announced the news conference will include Draper and general manager Ken Holland. A source confirmed that Draper, 40, will announce his retirement.
Draper has been one of the NHL's premier grinders and penalty killers for the past two decades.
Former Red Wings assistant general manager Doug MacLean acquired Draper from the Winnipeg Jets on June 30, 1993 for future considerations, which turned out to be $1.
Draper wound up playing 1,157 games, picking up 161 goals and 203 assists for 364 points.
He ranks fifth on the Red Wings' all-time list for games played (1,137), behind only Gordie Howe, Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Nicklas Lidstrom.
Draper appeared in 222 playoff games for Detroit (24 goals, 22 assists), second only to Lidstrom in franchise history.
Draper was one of five players to play for the Red Wings' four most-recent Stanley Cup championship teams (1997, 1998, 2002 and 2008). The others are Lidstrom, Kirk Maltby, Darren McCarty and Tomas Holmstrom).
Draper centered the highly effective Grind Line, with Maltby and McCarty (Joe Kocur was an original member), for many seasons.
Draper's best season was 2003-04, when he recorded career highs in goals (24) and points (40) despite playing only 67 games due to a late-season shoulder injury. He won the Selke Trophy that season as the NHL's top defensive forward.
A third-round pick of the Jets in 1989 (62nd overall), Draper played only 20 games over parts of three seasons in Winnipeg.
Draper hoped to play another season with the Red Wings, but the club does not have an available roster spot, already having 23 players under contract. Draper was not interested in signing a two-way deal or coming to training camp on a tryout.
He is expected to receive a job within the organization.