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Star defenceman Brian Leetch officially announces his retirement

The 39-year-old sat out the entire out 2006-07 season after spending 2005-06 with the Boston Bruins, when he recorded five goals and 27 assists in 61 games.

"I have been fortunate to be an NHL player since 1988," Leetch said in a statement. "I missed being in the NHL this past season, but believe it was the right time for me to stop playing."

Leetch was originally drafted by the New York Rangers ninth overall in the 1986 entry draft and spent parts of 16-plus seasons on Broadway.

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