John Bishop is the beat writer for BostonBruins.com. He covers the Black & Gold hoping to offer a positive look at the team, not only from the stands and the press box, but also from inside the locker room. A graduate of Boston U. and Northeastern, 'Bish' grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Hub of Hockey in 1993. Since then he has made all four rinks at the Beanpot schools, as well as both Gardens, his icebound homes away from home. Prior to joining the TD Banknorth Garden staff in 2005, Bishop had written for several publications, with his primary focus being college hockey. He coauthored the book Bygone Boston in 2003 and hopes someday to pen a bio of Hobey Bake
This afternoon, Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli made a statement about the retirement of Brian Leetch:
"The Boston Bruins would like to congratulate Brian Leetch and his family on his Hall-of-Fame caliber career in the National Hockey League. In Brian’s time in the NHL he was not only a terrific hockey player, but also an incredibly classy person. We wish him and his family all of the best in retirement."
After spending his final season with the B's (2005-06) during which he recorded five goals and 27 assists in 61 games, Leetch ends his career with 1,205 games played, 247 goals with 781 assists.