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by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Leetch Announces Retirement from NHL

Here are some of the many memorable moments from Brian Leetch's years in the Rangers organization:

June 21, 1986 -- Rangers choose Leetch ninth overall in the NHL Entry Draft at the Montreal Forum.

Feb. 29, 1988 -- Plays in his first game for the Rangers against St. Louis at Madison Square Garden just a few days after completing his stint with the U.S. Olympic team in Calgary.

Feb. 17, 1989 -- Ties a Rangers record for points by a rookie in one game with five against Toronto at MSG (one goal, four assists.

April 2, 1989 -- Ends the season with Rangers records for most assists by a rookie (48), most goals in by a rookie defenseman (23), most points by a rookie defenseman (71), most shots on goal by a rookie (268) and most shorthanded goals by a defenseman (3). He also wins the first of his six Rangers MVP awards

June 1989-- Wins the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year and earns a spot on the NHL All-Rookie team.

Jan. 21, 1990 -- Plays in his first of nine NHL All-Star Games in Pittsburgh.

June 1991 -- Named to NHL All-Star Second Team -- the first of five postseason All-Star selections during his years in New York.

Dec. 31, 1991 -- Sets Rangers records for consecutive games with at least one point (17) and consecutive games with at least one assist (15).

April 16, 1992 -- Finishes season with career-high 102 points, making him only the fifth defenseman in NHL history and the only U.S.-born defenseman to reach 100 points in a season. Sets Rangers single-season records for most assists (80) and points by a defenseman (102).

June 1992 -- Wins his first Norris Trophy as NHL's best defenseman and becomes First Team All-Star for first time.

April 12, 1994 -- Finishes regular season with team record for power-play goals by a defenseman (17).

June 7, 1994 -- Ties Rangers record for most points by a defenseman in a playoff game (4 vs. Vancouver in Stanley Cup Finals.

June 14, 1994 -- Celebrates Stanley Cup championship as member of first Rangers team to win title in 54 years. Wins the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the playoffs after setting team records for points (34) and assists (23) in one playoff year. Also ties Rangers record for game-winning goals in one playoff year (4).

April 18, 1995 -- Ties Rangers record for assists in one game (5) at Pittsburgh.

May 21, 1995 -- Become Rangers all-time leading scorer in the playoffs with his 68th career postseason point in Game 1 vs. Philadelphia, breaking record previously held by Rod Gilbert.

May 22, 1995 -- Sets Rangers record for most goals by a defenseman in a playoff game (3) at Philadelphia.

March 9, 1996 -- Passes Ron Greschner with 432 assists to become all-time assists leader among Rangers defensemen in game at Washington.

Sept. 14, 1996 -- Captain of U.S. team that defeats Canada in World Cup of Hockey finals.

Dec. 27, 1996 -- Passes Ron Greschner with his 612th point to become all-time Rangers scoring leader among defensemen in game vs. Anaheim.

April 1997 -- Wins Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award.

June 1997 -- Wins second Norris Trophy and is named NHL First Team All-Star for the second time in his career. Also named to USA Hockey's All-Time team.

Oct. 3, 1997 -- Named captain of the Rangers.

Feb. 15, 2000 -- Passes Ron Greschner with 181 goals to become highest goal-scoring defenseman in Rangers history in game at Tampa Bay.

July 13, 2000 -- Returns the captain's "C" to Mark Messier after Messier rejoins the Rangers as a free agent.

Nov. 18, 2000 -- Passes Rod Gilbert with his 616th assist to become Rangers' all-time assists leader during game at Calgary.

April 2001 -- Wins Players' Player Award and Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) for the first time in his career after leading the team with 79 points in 2000-01.

Feb. 2, 2002 -- Plays in his final NHL All-Star Game at Los Angeles.

Feb. 24, 2002 -- Plays for U.S. team that wins silver medal at 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City -- his third Olympic appearance

April 2003 -- Wins his third straight Player's Player Award, becoming first player to achieve that feat since Jean Ratelle in 1970.
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