The New York Rangers have announced that they will retire the number 2 that was worn with such class by Brian Leetch on 1/24/08 at MSG. Leetch's number will be only the fourth to be retired by the Rangers (not including Gretzky's #99).
Brian is arguably the pre-eminent American-born defenseman in NHL history. He excelled at both ends of the rink, and kept his nose clean outside the arena as well. He was incredible in the '94 playoffs and instrumental in the Rangers' first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years - and was rewarded as the first American EVER to win the Conn Smythe for his efforts.
There isn't a defenseman out there who shouldn't aspire to be like Brian Leetch.