Brian Leetch ’86
Brian Leetch came to Avon Old Farms as an 11th grader in the fall of 1984. As a student at Avon Old Farms, Brian excelled in athletics and as a community leader. He was captain of the 1986 hockey team that achieved an undefeated regular season. During his senior year he collected 92 points for the hockey team, and is currently the leading scorer in Avon Old Farms history with 169 points – in just two seasons! Brian was also a remarkable baseball pitcher for Avon Old Farms. Leetch earned All-New England status in hockey and was awarded the Jennings and Murray Cups, given to the top underclassman and senior athlete, respectively. In his senior year, Brian served as Vice Warden of the Student Council, and on graduation day 1986, was a recipient of the Order of Old Farms (the highest student award for character, community service, and leadership).
After his time at Avon Old Farms, Brian Leetch enjoyed a distinguished career in hockey at every level. He attended Boston College, and was a Hobey Baker Award nominee as a freshman. Brian next played for the USA Olympic team, and soon after, the National Hockey League. Leetch played on three United States Olympic teams (1988, 1998, 2002), and led the team to a silver medal in 2002. He served as team captain of the 1988 and 2002 teams. In his professional career, he has earned the Norris Trophy twice (1992, 1997), which honors the NHL’s best defenseman. He also was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1994, awarded to the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs, when he led the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup championship. Leetch played in 11 NHL All-Star games, and is the second highest leading scorer in New York Rangers history with 981 points.
Leetch retired from professional hockey in 2006 after 18 seasons in the NHL. His number 2 was retired by the New York Rangers on January 24, 2008, and he is known by many as not only the “greatest Ranger ever,” but also as the greatest American-born hockey player.
Inducted May 8th, 2004