Last Saturday afternoon, legendary defenseman Brian Leetch was at O’Neill’s Restaurant in Maspeth for a fundraising event. The New York Rangers champion hardly had a minute alone, constantly chatting with locals throughout the day.
Leetch is best known for helping lead the Rangers to their 1994 Stanley Cup victory. His long list of accolades include two-time Defenseman of the Year, a playoff MVP in 1994, and Rookie of the Year.
Leetch was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1998 and into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto the next year.
But Rangers fans will always remember the former captain for guiding their team to greatness.
“It was a big thing in New York because the Rangers hadn’t won the Stanley Cup in 54 years,” Leetch said. “I would love to watch the Rangers win one as a fan after being part of one as a player.”
Now that he’s a spectator of the game, Leetch said he’s excited about the current Rangers.
“They’re an interesting team,” he said. “They’re going through a transition of bringing younger players into the team.
He said as long as the Rangers have star goalie Henrik Lundqvist, they’ll be fine.
“He’s one of the best in the league and been there for a long time,” Leetch said. “Every year I say as long as Henrik is healthy, they got a chance to win the Stanley Cup.”