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 Players' category.
Also entering the Hall is New Jersey Devils President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello, who was added in the Builders' 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, who took part in the selection announcement conference call on Tuesday afternoon, said he was "humbled" by the honor of entering the Hall.
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 Rangers player to be selected to the Hall, while Robitaille, who spent two years as Leetch's teammate in the mid-1990s, brings the total to 46.
The 2009 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Nov. 9 at the Hall's home in Toronto.
Congrats to Leetch, one of my favorite players to watch while growing up and he definitely deserves to be in the Hall. Not many could carry the puck from end to end like Leetch, one of the best defensemen ever to lace up the skates.
Also Congratulations to Lamoriello, Hull, Yzerman & Robitaille who all had great NHL careers.