TOM DRAPER JOIN'S THE FPHL OFFICIATING SUPERVISORS STAFF
Binghamton, NY - The Federal Prospects Hockey League has announced the hiring of Former NHL net minder Tom Draper as a member of the FPHL Officiating Supervisors Staff for the upcoming 2023-24 FPHL Season.
Draper was born in Outremont, Quebec. He played collegiately at the University of Vermont and, after college, played one season in Finland with Tappara of the SM-liiga. He made his North American professional debut with the AHL’s Mocton Hawks in the1988-89 season, and also appeared in two NHL games with the Winnipeg Jets that same season.
In his NHL career, Draper played with the Winnipeg Jets, Buffalo Sabres, and New York Islanders. He ended up playing 53 professional games in the NHL. He also spent several seasons in both the AHL and the IHL. In the 1998-99 AHL season with the Rochester Americans, Draper shared the Hap Holmes Memorial Award (lowest team goals against average) with teammate Martin Biron. Draper had a career goals against average of 3.70 and 19 wins in the NHL. After his NHL career Draper went back to Finland and became a top netminder playing for the Espoo Blues and Lukko Rauma gaining a record of 27-17-7.
After his playing days, Draper has also worked as an on ice official working levels all the way up to college.
FPHL Director of Officiating Paul Jene stated, “Tom will bring a great perspective to the staff. Being a former goaltender at the highest level of the game, he was always on the ice and engaged in the game like the officials. And like the officials he watched the plays develop right in front of him at ice level so theres a lot he can relate to. Its great to work with someone thats played at that level who chose to put on the stripes after his playing career was over. Shows his love for the game. Another great talent that will be able to give great insight to both the officiating staff as well as the teams alike to keep our progress in coaching & development on the right pathways. We are looking forward to working with Tom."
Draper stated, "After a few years away from professional hockey. I'm looking forward to reacquainted myself with some great hockey people and joining the FPHL. The league has developed nicely over the last few years and I'm counting on this growth to continue in the near and far future."
The FPHL is a Single-A Minor Professional hockey league and will be entering its 14th season in the fall of 2023.