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IMPACT! November 2009

Understated Leetch gets nod, 3

Robitaille wasn’t lucky, 19

Lamoriello builds winners, 23

HULL HALL TO THE

Brett Hull and the rest of 2009 class take the spotlight


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PICTURE PERFECT START

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Brian Leetch still not comfortable with new Hall-of-Fame status. Page 3

Steve Yzerman became a winner when he honed his defensive game. Page 8

Brett Hull was always motivated to show he was the best. Page 13

IMPACT! November 2009

VP, Editorial/Production ...Bob Condor

Senior Director, Editorial....Phil Coffey Editor .................................Dave Lozo

Senior Producer........Daryl Haberman

Staff Writers.............Mike G. Morreale

John McGourty Dan Rosen

John Kreiser

Photographs . . . . . . . . .Getty Images

The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto welcomed Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille, Steve Yzerman and Lou Lamoriello this year.


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AMERICAN BEAUTY

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Brian Leetch is among the game’s greatest defenseman, but that’s the last thing he wants to hear these days

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JOHN MCGOURTY/NHL.com Staff Writer

rian Leetch ranks at the top of great American hockey players and the captain of the 1996 World Cup champions received a well-deserved honor Nov. 9 when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame -- even if he questions his worthiness. "It's a funny feeling because you don't feel like you belong, especially when I look at Steve Yzerman, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille, great players that I played against. Then there're the older players that I've read about and seen highlights. It seems like they should have a separate Hall of Fame for them that you'd never be able to get into. You're happy just to make this part. "It's going to be a humbling and strange feeling to be in the same building with so many greats of the game." Believe us, Leetch's accomplishments are vast. He was a champion high school and prep-school hockey and baseball player while growing up in Connecticut and a member of three U.S. National Junior teams from 1985-87. He also was a member of the 1987 U.S. National team. He became a member of the 1988, 1998 and 2002 U.S. Olympic hockey teams and also was a member of the silvermedal American team in the 1991 Canada Cup. Leetch was voted the best American player on the silver-medal team at the 2002 Olympics, and at the 1989 World Championship. He was named to the First All-Star Team at the 1987 World Junior Championship. He played one year at Boston College and took nearly every available honor short of the Hobey


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