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Brian Leetch

Brian Leetch

Brian Leetch joined MSG Networks in 2009 as a contributor to the New York Rangers pre- and post-game shows.

Leetch started his NHL career with the New York Rangers in 1988 after debuting his talents on the 1988 US Winter Olympics Team. In his first season, Leetch set the current record for the most goals scored by a rookie defenseman with an impressive 23 goals. He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in addition to receiving the Calder Trophy. He quickly became a fan favorite as a high-scoring defensive player and for his conduct.

Leetch holds the New York Rangers record for most points scored by a defenseman during both the regular season and the playoffs for the 1991-1992 and 1993-1994 seasons, respectively. Representing the Blueshirts, Leetch scored a franchise-record 240 goals in the 1129 games he played. He is one of only five defensemen in NHL history to score 100 points or more in a single season. As part of the 1994 Stanley Cup Champion team, Leetch became the only American-born player to receive the honor of Playoff MVP. In 2004, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leaves, where he played 15 games before the league lockout. Leetch would retire after spending the 2005-2006 season with the Boston Bruins. Though he retired as a Bruin, Leetch has been quoted saying, “If my name pops up in a conversation and somebody says ‘Oh yeah, he was a Ranger,' that's good enough for me."

Throughout his career, Leetch received several honors and set league and franchise records. In 1994, the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association gave Leetch the honor of being the first American to win the Conn Smythe Trophy for his postseason play. He was named the Rangers MVP for six seasons and received the team’s Frank Boucher Award for most gentlemanly player in 2001 and the Good Guy Award in 2002. Leetch was also honored by the NHL twice for his impressive defense with the James Norris Memorial Trophy. Only a decade after joining the NHL, The Hockey News ranked Leetch #71 on their list of the 100 Greatest NHL Players.

In 2008, Leetch’s Number 2 was retired to the rafters of Madison Square Garden, honoring his 17 seasons with the New York Rangers. The following year, Leetch was inducted into the NHL Hall of Fame along with former Rangers teammate Luc Robitaille.

Brian currently lives in Boston with his two sons Jack and Sean, and his daughter Riley.


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