Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, who served as the Rangers’ hockey operations adviser since 2017, resigned from the organization on Thursday, The Post has learned.
Newly appointed president and general manager Chris Drury had asked Leetch to stay with the franchise, but the former Blueshirts defenseman still opted to step away. Leetch’s resignation comes on the heels of CEO Jim Dolan’s dismissals of former president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton, as well as Drury’s decision to relieve David Quinn of his head-coaching duties.
Gorton announced in September 2017 that Leetch was hired to work with the hockey operations department in both hockey-related decisions along with off-ice player and prospect development. Additionally, Leetch was charged with assisting prospects in the organization, which included the team’s AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Brad Richards, who played three seasons in New York, was also brought on in the same role at that time and remains with the team.
An 11-time NHL All-Star, Leetch played parts of 17 seasons with the Rangers from 1987-88 to 2003-04. He established franchise records in numerous categories, including career assists and single-seasons assists, as well as career goals, assists and points by a defenseman.
Leetch won two Norris Trophies, the Calder Trophy and became the first non-Canadian to win the Conn Smythe over the course of 18 seasons in the NHL. The Rangers retired his No. 2 jersey in 2008 and, at the time, made him the fifth player and first defenseman in franchise history to have his number hoisted into the rafters.