Yzerman, four others join Hall of Fame

Yzerman, four others join Hall of Fame

TORONTO, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Former NHL stars Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, Brian Leetch and Luc Robitalle led the class of 2009 inductees Monday into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Yzerman leads stellar Hall of Fame class

Yzerman leads stellar Hall of Fame class

TORONTO, June 23 (UPI) -- Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman were announced Tuesday as the 2009 inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Granato leads hockey hall of fame list

COLORADO SPRINGS, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- Cammi Granato, who helped the U.S. women to the 1998 Olympic gold medal, will be the first woman inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

NHL: NY Rangers 2, Atlanta 1 (SO)

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Brendan Shanahan scored the only goal in the shootout Thursday, giving the New York Rangers a 2-1 victory over Atlanta.

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WASHINGTON, May 24 (UPI) -- IOC sanctions Austrian Olympic Committee ... Brian Leetch retires from NHL ... Argentina makes world team finals ... Sharapova to Istanbul semifinals ... BMW Championship has co-leaders ... Sports News from United Press International.

Brian Leetch retires from NHL

NEW YORK, May 24 (UPI) -- Two-time Norris Trophy winner Brian Leetch is retiring, ending an 18-year career in the National Hockey League.

NHL: Montreal 4, Boston 3

BOSTON, April 13 (UPI) -- Alex Kovalev had two goals and an assist Thursday night to help Montreal beat the Boston Bruins, 4-3.

NHL: New Jersey 3, Buffalo 1

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., March 30 (UPI) -- Martin Brodeur made 29 saves and tied Jacques Plante for fourth place all-time in wins by a goalie as the New Jersey Devils beat Buffalo, 3-1.

NHL: Boston 3, Atlanta 2

BOSTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Marco Sturm netted the game-winning goal Thursday night as the Boston Bruins edged Atlanta, 3-2.

NHL: New Jersey 3, Boston 2 (OT)

BOSTON, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Brian Gionta scored his second goal of the game 2:10 into overtime Thursday night as New Jersey beat the Boson Bruins, in overtime, 3-2.

NHL: Boston 4, Ottawa 2

BOSTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Brad Boyes scored the game-winning goal Thursday night as Boston beat the Ottawa Senators, 4-2.

NHL: Toronto 2, Boston 1

TORONTO, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Bryan McCabe scored the game-winning goal and logged an assist, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Boston Bruins 2-1 at the Air Canada Center.

NHL: Boston 4, Toronto 1

BOSTON, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Alexei Zhamnov scored his first goal of the season and Brian Leetch had three assists Thursday night as Boston beat Toronto, 4-1.

NHL: Calgary 3, Vancouver 0

CALGARY, Alberta, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Dion Phaneuf, Tony Amonte and Stephane Yelle scored first-period goals to spark the Calgary Flames' 3-0 win over the Boston Bruins at the Saddledome.

NHL: Boston 3, Minnesota 2

ST. PAUL, Minn., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Marco Sturm's third-period goal proved to be the winner as Boston finally beat Minnesota, 3-2, Thursday night.
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Brian Leetch
NYP2002022814 - NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- New York Rangers Brian Leetch waits for a puck face off in his 1,000 professional game during Feb. 28, 2002, action against the Ottawa Senators at New York City's Madison Square Garden. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI

Brian Joseph Leetch (born March 3, 1968) is a retired American professional ice hockey defenseman who played 18 National Hockey League (NHL) seasons with the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Boston Bruins. He is generally considered one of the top defensemen in NHL history, being particularly noted for his skating, offense, and playmaking abilities. He and fellow Rangers teammate Mike Richter were inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 2008. Leetch was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto the following year.

Leetch accumulated many individual honors during his 18-year career. He was a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman (1992, 1997) and remains the only American-born winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP for his brilliant 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 with his 102-point campaign in 1991–92. 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. Leetch's number 2 was retired by the Rangers on January 24, 2008. During the ceremony, longtime teammate Mark Messier referred to Leetch as the "Greatest Ranger of All Time."

Although he was born in Texas, his family moved from there three months after he was born, eventually settling in Cheshire, Connecticut. This is where Leetch began to hone his hockey skills at a local ice rink 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. Hockey, however, was the sport in which he excelled. As a sophomore at Cheshire, he scored 53 goals and 50 assists, earning All-state honors. 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-America defenseman for the Eagles.

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