Leetch Inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame

5-hole.comContributor IJune 23, 2009

NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 22: Former New York Ranger Brian Leetch attends the ceremony honoring Andy Bathgate and Harry Howell prior to the game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers on February 22, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Hey guys, this midget is trying to steal my Conn Smyth!

Hey guys, this midget is trying to steal my Conn Smyth!

Today, the NHL announced that Brian Leetch, perhaps the greatest American born defenseman to ever play in the NHL, was voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Leetch spent 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with the Rangers. Over the years he was an 11-time All-Star, won the Calder Trophy as rookie-of-the-year in 1989, the Norris Trophy as best defenseman in 1992 and 1997, and the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1994.

I think Greg Wyshynski said it best when he said:

 

With apologies to Joe Mullen, Chris Chelios, and Pat LaFontaine, Leetch is the greatest American-born player in NHL history. I hated him as a Devils fan. That’s the best compliment I can give.

I wonder if this had anything to do with that?

Also inducted were Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull, and Luc Robataille.

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That sound you just heard was thousands of Sabres fans weeping.

Congratulations again to Brain and all of the other inductees.

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