Day of Celebration: Two Rangers, Two Other Stars, Inducted Into US Hall

PJ EdelmanCorrespondent IAugust 12, 2008

Brian Leetch, Mike Richter, Brett Hull, and Cammi Granato will be officially inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in Minnesota on October 10th of this year. 

Cammi Granato, sister to NHL former player Tony Granato, will be honored for her play and efforts in women's US hockey.  She will be the first woman ever inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame. 

Canadian Brett Hull played with America twice in the Olympics.  Hull was part of the NHL for over 21 seasons, compiling 741 goals and 650 assists.  He is third in all-time goal scoring, and will be honored as one of the best players ever to be a part of the game.

But for NY Rangers fans, nothing will be sweeter than seeing Mike Richter and Brian Leetch enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame in the red, white, and blue.

Mike Richter played in 666 games and put up a record of 301-258.  in fourteen years of service with his only team.  He ended his career with a 2.89 GAA, twenty-four shut outs, and of course, a Stanley Cup ring after a mind-boggling 42 win season. 

It is possible that his save against Pavel Bure in the 1994 finals is the most famous play in Rangers' history.  He was a consummate professional, the prototypical team player, and a person that Rangers fans won't soon forget. 

Brian Leetch played almost all of his 1205 NHL games with the New York Rangers.  He played part of one with the Toronto Maple Leafs and a full one with the Boston Bruins.  Nothing pained Rangers' fans more than seeing their beloved star-studded Norris Trophy-winning defenseman than seeing him in colors other than that of the Rangers. 

He finished his career with 247 goals and 781 helpers.  He broke 100 points once and 70 points seven times.  Besides winning the Norris Trophy (twice) and the Calder Trophy (best rookie), he won the Conn Smythe Trophy for best playoff performance in 1994, with a ridiculous 34 points in 23 games. 

Leetch matched Richter's professionalism, choosing to act as a model on the ice and keeping a low profile off it. 

Few defensemen will ever match Leetch's ability to join the rush, pass through traffic, and score clutch goals; very few players will ever match his NHL achievements; and even fewer will match the kind of person he is--charitable, modest, and a winner. 

Congrats to all of the US Hockey Hall of Fame inductees!