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IMPACT! November 2009

Understated Leetch gets nod, 3

Robitaille wasn’t lucky, 19

Lamoriello builds winners, 23


Brett Hull and the rest of 2009 class take the spotlight


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November 2009

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.

November 2009



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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



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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