Wednesday, October 19, 2005

BRUINS DEFENCEMAN BRIAN LEETCH, THE 69TH PLAYER IN NHL HISTORY TO REACH 1,000 CAREER POINTS

Leetch is a solid veteran presence who will replace the departed Sergei Gonchar on defense. He signed a one-year contract with the Bruins on Wednesday. NHL Rookie of Year in 1989; won Norris Trophy as top defenseman in 1992; Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoffs' MVP in 1994 when he helped lead NY Rangers to 1st Stanley Cup title in 54 years, accomplished one more feat, he gained 1,000th point of his career and became the 69th player of NHL history to do so. Though the joy of the moment was largely overshadowed by the Bruins' exasperating 4-3 loss to the Canadiens, Brian Leetch joined a very prestigious fraternity of the achievers. Leetch reached the 1,000-point plateau in career scoring. He became only the seventh rearguard in NHL history to reach 1,000, joining Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al Macinnis, Phil Housley, Larry Murphy and Denis Potvin. Brian Leetch scored on a power play and assisted on Nick Boynton's goal in the second period. Leetch was originally drafted by New York as their first round choice, ninth overall, in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.

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