Leetch, only American-born playoff MVP, retires

Updated: May 25, 2007, 12:00 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Brian Leetch, one of the NHL's top defensemen who helped the New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup in 1994, retired Thursday after an 18-year career.

Leetch sat out last season as an unrestricted free agent after spending 2005-06 with the Boston Bruins, when the 10-time NHL All-Star had five goals and 27 assists in 61 games.

"I have been fortunate to be an NHL player since 1988," Leetch said in a statement. "I missed being in the NHL this past season but believe it ...

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