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Encyclopedia > Brian Leetch
Position Defenseman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
ft 0 in (1.83 m)
185 lb (84 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
none
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Rangers
Nationality Flag of United States United States
Born March 3, 1968,
Corpus Christi, TX, USA
NHL Draft 9th overall, 1986
New York Rangers
Pro Career 1987 – present

Brian Leetch (born March 3, 1968 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA) is a professional ice hockey defenseman in the NHL, though he is currently an unsigned unrestricted free agent. He is generally considered one of the top offensive defensemen in history, and arguably the best American defenseman as well; his election to the Hockey Hall of Fame after his retirement seems a virtual certainty. He has played for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. Image File history File links Brian_Leetch. ... The position an ice hockey player plays can be divided into three basic categories: Forwards Centre Wingers Defenceman Goaltender ... Defence (defense in the U.S.A.) in hockey is a player position with a primary responsibility to prevent the opposing team from scoring goals. ... A shot in ice hockey is an attempt by a player to score a goal by striking the puck with his stick in the direction of the net. ... 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Although he was born in Texas, his family moved from there 3 months after he was born, eventually settling in Cheshire, Connecticut. This is where the youngster would begin to hone his hockey skills at the local ice rink, which was managed by his father. In high school he excelled in baseball and hockey first at Cheshire High School and then at Avon Old Farms. As a sophomore, his 90-mph fastball helped the Cheshire Rams baseball team to a state championship and, as a senior at Avon Old Farms, he set the school record for strikeouts in a game with 19. The sport of hockey, however, is where he really excelled. As a sophomore at Cheshire, he scored 53 goals and 50 assists. In 2 seasons with Avon Old Farms he scored 70 goals and 90 assists in 54 games. These numbers were especially remarkable for a defenseman. NHL scouts were starting to take notice and the New York Rangers chose Leetch as their first-round pick (9th overall) in 1986. Following in the footsteps of his father Jack, Brian enrolled at Boston College in the fall of 1986, and like his father would become an All-American defenseman for the Eagles. Cheshire is a town in New Haven County, Connecticut, United States. ... Avon Old Farms is a single-sex boarding school for boys located in Avon, Connecticut. ... For similarly-named academic institutions, see Boston (disambiguation). ...

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Professional career

After one season in the NCAA, he made his NHL debut with the New York Rangers in 1987, scoring 14 points in 17 games. In his first full year in 1988, he notched 71 points, including a rookie defenseman-record 23 goals, winning the Calder Trophy as well as being selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The 1987-88 NHL season was the 71st season of the National Hockey League. ... The 1988-89 NHL season was the 72nd season of the National Hockey League. ... The Calder Memorial Trophy, is a National Hockey League trophy, presented annually to the best rookie of the year as voted upon by the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season. ... The NHL All-Rookie Team is chosen by the Professional Hockey Writers Association from the best rookies in the National Hockey League at each position for the season just concluded based on their performance in that year. ...


As the Rangers slowly developed into a championship-caliber team, Leetch won increasing respect from fans for his quiet demeanor and entertaining, offensive-minded play. In 1992 he became the fifth defenseman in history, and the only American defenseman, to record 100 points in a season and was awarded the Norris Trophy. In 1994 he again matched his career high of 23 goals in the regular season as the Rangers won the Presidents Trophy. That year the Rangers' 54-year championship drought ended with a 7-game Stanley Cup victory over the Vancouver Canucks; Leetch became the first non-Canadian to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy, and remains the only American to win it. The 1991-92 NHL season was the 75th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the National Hockey League defenceman who demonstrates the greatest ability, by a poll of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. ... The 1993-94 NHL season was the 77th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Presidents Trophy is an award presented by the National Hockey League to the team which finished with the best record in the entire league during the regular season. ... The Stanley Cup The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy of the National Hockey League (NHL), the major professional ice hockey league in Canada and the United States. ... The Vancouver Canucks are a professional National Hockey League (NHL) ice hockey team based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. ... Conn Smythe Trophy on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame The Conn Smythe Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the most valuable player during the National Hockey Leagues Stanley Cup playoffs. ...

Olympic medal record
Men's Ice Hockey
Silver 2002 Salt Lake City Ice Hockey

Following the Rangers' Cup win in 1994, Leetch remained a fan favorite and team leader, serving as Captain from 1997-2000 after the departure of Mark Messier to the Vancouver Canucks (he would hand back the captaincy to Messier upon his return to the Rangers in 2000). In 1997 he again won the Norris Trophy and the Rangers made a surprise run to the Eastern Conference Finals, where they were defeated by the Philadelphia Flyers. The next years, however, were marked by disappointing team performances that saw the Rangers miss the playoffs every year. After the especially unsuccessful 2004 campaign, the Rangers traded most of their high-priced veterans; Leetch was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs just prior to the trade deadline for prospects Maxim Kondratiev, Jarkko Immonen, and a first-round pick in the 2004 draft, which became Lauri Korpikoski, and a second-round pick in 2005, which became Michael Sauer. Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... The 2002 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XIX Olympic Winter Games, were held in 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... Luc Robitaille, 2005: the A is also placed on the players left. ... Mark John Douglas Moose Messier (born January 18, 1961, in St. ... The classic NHL shield logo The 1996-97 NHL season was the 80th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... The Philadelphia Flyers are a professional ice hockey team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ... The 2003-04 NHL season was the 87th regular season of the National Hockey League. ... Maxim Kondratiev (born January 20, 1983 in Togliatti, Russia) is a professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks of the NHL. Kondratiev was drafted in the 6th round, 168th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. ... Jarkko Immonen (April 19, 1982) in Rantasalmi, Finland is a professional ice hockey player who currently plays center for the National Hockey Leagues New York Rangers. ...


After the 2004-05 NHL lockout, Leetch was signed by the Boston Bruins to a one-year, $4-million contract. During this season with the Bruins, he scored his 1,000th career point. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A contract is a legally binding exchange of promises or agreement between parties. ...


In 1998, he was ranked number 71 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players of all time. 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ... The Hockey News is a hockey resource magazine. ...


During the summer of 2006, he had gotten many offers from teams such as the New York Rangers, the Carolina Hurricanes, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Edmonton Oilers. He has turned down many of those deals and is still a free agent today. He has yet to make up his mind if he will retire or play one more season in the NHL. It has been rumored that he may sign with a team for the conculsion of the 2006-07 NHL season, and playoffs. The Carolina Hurricanes are a National Hockey League team in Raleigh, North Carolina. ... The Pittsburgh Penguins are a professional ice hockey team based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... The Edmonton Oilers are a professionial ice hockey team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ...


Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986-87 Boston College NCAA 37 9 38 47 10
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 17 2 12 14 0 -- -- -- -- --
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 68 23 48 71 50 4 3 2 5 2
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 72 11 45 56 26 -- -- -- -- --
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 80 16 72 88 42 6 1 3 4 0
1991-92 New York Rangers NHL 80 22 80 102 26 13 4 11 15 4
1992-93 New York Rangers NHL 36 6 30 36 26 -- -- -- -- --
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 84 23 56 79 67 23 11 23 34 6
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 48 9 32 41 18 10 6 8 14 8
1995-96 New York Rangers NHL 82 15 70 85 30 11 1 6 7 4
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 82 20 58 78 40 15 2 8 10 6
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 76 17 33 50 32 -- -- -- -- --
1998-99 New York Rangers NHL 82 13 42 55 42 -- -- -- -- --
1999-00 New York Rangers NHL 50 7 19 26 20 -- -- -- -- --
2000-01 New York Rangers NHL 82 21 58 79 34 -- -- -- -- --
2001-02 New York Rangers NHL 82 10 45 55 28 -- -- -- -- --
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 51 12 18 30 20 -- -- -- -- --
2003-04 New York/Toronto NHL 72 15 36 51 34 -- -- -- -- --
2005-06 Boston Bruins NHL 61 5 27 32 36 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 1205 247 781 1028 571 95 28 69 97 36

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See also

The following is a list of ice hockey players who have scored 1000 points in the National Hockey League. ...

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Preceded by
Mark Messier (first time)
New York Rangers captains
1997-2000
Succeeded by
Mark Messier (second time)
Preceded by
Chris Chelios
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1997
Succeeded by
Rob Blake
Preceded by
Ray Bourque
Winner of the Norris Trophy
1992
Succeeded by
Chris Chelios
Preceded by
Patrick Roy
Winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy
1994
Succeeded by
Claude Lemieux
Preceded by
Joe Nieuwendyk
Winner of the Calder Trophy
1989
Succeeded by
Sergei Makarov

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