Any casual reader of this blog knows how I feel about these two individuals.
Mike Richter is the most recognizable New York goalie of all time and one of the classiest people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. Unlike many "kooky" goalies, Richter is both smart and carries himself more like a professor than former NHL goalie.
Brian Leetch is nearly spitting image. He is the most recognizable New York defenseman of all time and equally classy. While I unfortunately have yet to directly meet him, interviews and testimonials of those who have met him have been nothing short of stunning.
On the ice, both showed the same poise and outstanding character. Their numbers hang in the MSG rafters for a reason. Each hold numerous Ranger records and were easily the best at their position for their country.
International accolades, NHL accolades, and amateur accolades can be found extensively on both of their resumes.
So without going too on too much about this: congratulations to Brian Leetch and Mike Richter on their recent award of being named to the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.
(Photo from Newsday.com)
Posted On Thursday, August 14, 2008 at at 4:30 PM by Woodside Acres