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Maple Leafs Acquire Brian Leetch From Rangers

Wednesday, 03.03.2004 / 8:18 PM / Press Releases
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Maple Leafs Acquire Brian Leetch From Rangers
(March 3, 2004) -- John Ferguson, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Wednesday evening that the hockey club has acquired defenceman Brian Leetch and a conditional draft choice from the New York Rangers in exchange for defenceman Max Kondratiev, forward Jarkko Immonen, Toronto's first-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft and the team's second-round pick in 2005.

Leetch is a two-time Norris winner.
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"Brian has been a premier defenceman in this league since first coming into the league," said Ferguson. "We look forward to having a player with his great credentials joining our group."

Leetch, 36, has played 57 games for the New York Rangers this season collecting 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) with 24 penalty minutes. He ranks fifth in the NHL in average ice time (26:14) and 10th among NHL defencemen in points. Leetch leads the team in powerplay points (19) and average ice time as well as leading all team defencemen in goals, assists, points and shots (165).

The native of Corpus Christi, Texas has captured the James Norris Memorial Trophy on two occasions (1992, 1997), the Calder Memorial Trophy in 1989 and the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1994. He has been named to the NHL First All-Star Team twice (1992, 1997) and to the NHL Second All-Star Team three times (1991, 1994, 1996). Leetch was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 1989 and has played in nine NHL All-Star Games (1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002). He won the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994.

Leetch ranks first among NHL defencemen in career overtime goals (7-tie) and second in career points among U.S. born defencemen (Phil Housley). He is the New York Rangers all-time leader among defencemen in goals (240), assists (741), and points (981) and ranks second on the club's all-time points list. Leetch is one of only three players in franchise history to play his 1000th career NHL game in a Rangers uniform (Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert). He has played for the United States at the Olympics on three occasions (1988, 1998, 2002) winning the Silver medal at Salt Lake City in 2002.

Leetch has played 1129 career NHL games for the New York Rangers collecting 981 points (240 goals, 741 assists) with 525 penalty minutes. He was the New York Rangers' first choice, ninth overall in the 1996 Entry Draft.

AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL RECORD:                REGULAR SEASON          PLAYOFFS
YEAR    CLUB    LEAGUE  GP      G       A       PTS     PIM     GP      G       A       PTS     PIM
1986-87 BOSTON COLLEGE  HE      37      9       38      47      10      --      --      --      ---     ---
1987-88 TEAM USA        NAT TEAM        50      13      61      74      38      --      --      --      ---     ---
        UNITED STATES   OLYMPICS        6       1       5       6       4       --      --      --      ---     ---
        NY RANGERS      NHL     17      2       12      14      0       --      --      --      ---     ---
1988-89 NY RANGERS      NHL     68      23      48      71      50      4       3       2       5       3
1989-90 NY RANGERS      NHL     72      11      45      56      26      --      --      --      ---     ---
1990-91 NY RANGERS      NHL     80      16      72      88      42      6       1       3       4       0
1991-92 NY RANGERS      NHL     80      22      80      102     26      13      4       11      15      4
1992-93 NY RANGERS      NHL     36      6       30      36      26      --      --      --      ---     ---
1993-94 NY RANGERS      NHL     84      23      56      79      67      23      11      23      34      6
1994-95 NY RANGERS      NHL     48      9       32      41      18      10      6       8       14      8
1995-96 NY RANGERS      NHL     82      15      70      85      30      11      1       6       7       4
1996-97 NY RANGERS      NHL     82      20      58      78      40      15      2       8       10      6
1997-98 NY RANGERS      NHL     76      17      33      50      32      --      --      --      ---     ---
        UNITED STATES   OLYMPICS        4       1       1       2       0       --      --      --      ---     ---
1998-99 NY RANGERS      NHL     82      13      42      55      42      --      --      --      ---     ---
1999-00 NY RANGERS      NHL     50      7       19      26      20      --      --      --      ---     ---
2000-01 NY RANGERS      NHL     82      21      58      79      34      --      --      --      ---     ---
2001-02 NY RANGERS      NHL     82      10      45      55      28      --      --      --      ---     ---
        UNITED STATES   OLYMPICS        6       0       5       5       0       --      --      --      ---     ---
2002-03 NY RANGERS      NHL     51      12      18      30      20      --      --      --      ---     ---
2003-04 NY RANGERS      NHL     57      13      23      36      24      --      --      --      ---     ---
        NHL TOTALS              1129    240     741     981     525     82      28      61      89      30     

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