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Brian Leetch | Defenseman

Team: Boston Bruins
Age / DOB:  (50) / 3/3/1968
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 190
Drafted: 1986 / Rd. 1 (9) / NYR

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Brian Leetch and former You Can Play executive director Patrick Burke have joined the NHL's department of player safety.
Leetch will serve as the new manager of player safety after Rob Blake took a job as an assistant GM with the Los Angeles Kings. Burke will occupy the role of director of player safety. "Brian Leetch and Patrick Burke are two astute members of the hockey community who will bring unique perspectives and personal experiences to the Department of Player Safety," NHL vice-president of player safety and hockey operations Brendan Shanahan said in a statement Thursday. Thu, Aug 22, 2013 04:49:00 PM

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Brian Leetch is disappointed to find the league back on the brink of losing another season.

"We lost a whole year last time [in the 1994-95 lockout] before we came to an agreement, and now the agreement's up and we're back in the same spot," said Leetch. "As a guy who was part of losing a whole year of his career and as a guy who is more of a fan now I find it disappointing. I remember with each couple weeks that went by I was more and more shocked and disappointed that nothing was getting closer, and there was a realization that the season could be lost." Leetch retired in 2006. The two sides still have plenty of time to reach an agreement before the season is lost, but as it is, losing games as a result of a CBA expiration is becoming a tradition in the NHL.
Thu, Oct 11, 2012 05:49:00 PM

The New York Rangers will retire Brian Leetch's number two sweater on Thursday night before their contest with the Thrashers.

The retired blueliner amassed 241 goals and 1028 points in 1205 games in his spectacular career.
Thu, Jan 24, 2008 08:15:00 AM

Brian Leetch has officially retired from hockey.

Leetch last played in the 2005/06 season as he suited up for Boston, scoring five goals and 32 points in 61 games. Leetch sat out all of last season as he considered a couple of teams including the Atlanta Thrashers, but never did sign. Leetch had a Hall of Fame career in the NHL, winning the Norris Trophy twice, the Conn Smythe once and garnering 10 all-star selections in his 18 year career. Leetch leaves the game with 247 goals and 1,028 points, including a 102 point season in 1991-92. "I have been fortunate to be an NHL player since 1988," Leetch said in a statement. "I missed being in the NHL this past season, but believe it was the right time for me to stop playing." We wish Leetch good luck in his future. His next hockey stop will be the Hall of Fame.
Thu, May 24, 2007 10:59:00 AM

The agent for Brian Leetch, Jay Grossman, acknowledged that he had discussions with the Thrashers about his client.

What he did not say was when those discussions took place. We do know that there was talk in the pre-season about Leetch joining Atlanta, but it is unclear if there have been any follow up conversations between Grossman and Thrashers' GM Don Wadell. Keep an eye on this situation.
Wed, Dec 20, 2006 11:54:00 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers are still reportably interested in unsigned defenseman Brian Leetch.

Signing with Philadelphia could be very good news for Leetch's fantasy value. Philadelphia power play is currently worst in the league and Leetch should be able to imporve it greatly. The Flyers have been looking for a mobile defenseman, and even at 38-years-old is still more mobile than many of their other defenseman. If this deal gets done it would be a great fit for both parties.
Source: Sportsnet
Sat, Nov 4, 2006 02:39:00 PM

The Maple Leafs are reportedly interested in bringing back Brian Leetch.

It is believed that Leafs' GM John Ferguson has been in discussions with Leetch's agent trying to come up with a way to fit the defenceman into the Toronto salary cap structure. Leetch has apparently also been approached by the Flyers, Bruins and Rangers, so he is in no hurry to sign a deal at this time. We shall see where the veteran ends up, but it does look like he will be playing in the NHL before long.
Source: Toronto Sun
Sun, Oct 15, 2006 02:43:00 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers are interested in signing defenseman Brian Leetch.

The Flyers will be without defender Mike Rathje for an indefinite period of time due to a herniated disc, and have begun to look for a suitable replacement. There should still be a place for the agile defender in the new NHL, especially with the Flyers who boast a big, but slow defensive corps besides Joni Pitkanen and Freddy Meyer. Stay tuned.
Mon, Oct 9, 2006 03:24:00 PM

Brian Leetch is contemplating whether to retire or play one more season.

Glen Sather said that he contacted Leetch a few times about playing for the Rangers, but have not heard a definitive answer back from the former all-star defender. At this point, Sather would have to trade one of his defensemen in order to make room for Leetch, which is still a possibility. The Rangers do not have a true quarterback for the power-play and could use his skills, although as training camp moves on, the less likely we will see Leetch back in the NHL.
Wed, Sep 20, 2006 08:38:00 AM

The Edmonton Oilers may be interested in signing Brian Leetch for the upcoming season.

Reports have surfaced that the Oilers have spoken to Leetch's agent in the past week to see if there is any interest in the veteran playing in Edmonton this season. With the departures of Chris Pronger, Jaroslav Spacek and Dick Tarnstrom from the Edmonton blueline, Leetch would be a good fit for the Oilers' powerplay, but we will see if there is any interest from the veteran in the next while.
Sun, Aug 20, 2006 09:12:00 PM

Brian Leetch will probably not return to the New York Rangers.

There had been speculation that Leetch would return, but that is a longshot after the team signed Michal Rozsival to a two-year deal. The Rangers have five defensemen under contract and are still negotiating with Fedor Tyutin. It is believed that the Bruins are still interested in the offensive defenseman.
Wed, Aug 2, 2006 08:50:00 AM

There is still a chance that the Bruins may bring back Brian Leetch for the 2006-07 season.

The 38-year-old defenseman is not what he once was, but he can still help an NHL team on the power play and in limited five on five situations. Boston has revamped their defense this off-season so it remains to be seen if there is room for Leetch. The Red Wings and Rangers are also allegedly interested in signing the future Hall of Famer.
Sat, Jul 29, 2006 10:30:00 AM

Brian Leetch is not close to returning to the New York Rangers.

Leetch who is a still a free agent has been linked to the Rangers, but neither New York nor Leetch's camp have had any discussions this off-season. The 38-year-old still has enough talent to be a solid NHL defenceman, but we will have to wait and see where he will play in the upcoming campaign.
Sun, Jul 16, 2006 06:10:00 PM

Brian Leetch, who missed Saturday's game with a head injury, will likely be back in the Boston lineup Tuesday night against the Canadiens.

He practised on Monday and felt no ill effects from the Daniel Briere stick he took to the head last week. Activate Leetch immediately.
Tue, Apr 4, 2006 08:12:00 AM

Brian Leetch, who is recovering from an undisclosed head injury, practiced on the weekend and will likely be able to play Tuesday against the Canadiens.

He did not suffer any ill effects after the workouts and hopes to practice again on Monday in preparation for Tuesday's contest in Montreal. ''I felt pretty good [Saturday]," said Leetch. ''I wanted to skate and just see how it would feel and go from there. Hopefully I'll feel good the rest of the day and practice [again today] and go from there." Get ready to activate Leetch.
Mon, Apr 3, 2006 06:41:00 AM

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