by Patrick Hoffman on 06/23/09 at 05:45 PM ET
It’s official. Rangers great Brian Leetch is in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
In a conference call on Tuesday afternoon, the Hall of Fame Selection Committee announced that Leetch would be part of the 2009 Hall induction class, along with Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Steve Yzerman, who were all inducted in the player category.
Also entering the Hall is New Jersey Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello, who was added in the Builder’s Category.
Leetch, who grew up in Cheshire, Conn., becomes the only Rangers draft pick other than Brad Park to earn hockey’s highest honor. He is also the first U.S.-born defenseman in the Hall and only the second with American citizenship, following Rod Langway.
Leetch, whose No. 2 was retired by the Rangers organization on Jan. 24, 2008, is now a member of both the Hockey Hall of Fame and the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, which he entered last year. He is the 45th former Ranger to be selected to the Hall, while Robitaille, who spent two years as Leetch’s teammate in the mid-1990s, is the 46th.
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