Brian Leetch

 

Brian Leetch  is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. Leetch is considered one of the top defensemen in NHL history, noted for his skating, offense, and playmaking abilities. Leetch was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. Leetch won many individual awards over his 18 year career. He was a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman and was the first American-born winner of the Conn Smythe Trophyas Playoff MVP for his play during the Rangers' run to the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship. He is one of only five NHL defensemen to score 100 points in a season registering 102-points in the '91-'92 season. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL Rookie of the Year in 1989 and his 23 goals that season remain an NHL record for rookie defensemen. On January 24, 2008 the New York Rangers retired his number 2. During the ceremony, longtime teammate Mark Messier referred to Leetch as the single "Greatest Ranger of All Time."