New York Rangers Great Brian Leetch Named Coach of All-American Prospects Team
NEW YORK - JANUARY 24: Former New York Ranger Brian Leetch watches his retired banner being raised to the rafters during the ceremony to retire Leetch's #2 jersey on January 24, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Brian Leetch, along with fellow American Chris Chelios, were named coaches for the All American Prospect Game that will be played in Buffalo on September 21, 2017.

Brian Leetch will once again be representing the United States — but for the first time, it will be from the other side of the bench.

Leetch was chosen as one of the coaches for the All American Prospect Game, and he will be joined by fellow Team USA teammate Chris Chelios, who also is a former member of the Chicago Blackhawks. Both have had success in their longstanding hockey careers, both at the international level as well as in the NHL.

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“It is only fitting that a game aimed to showcase the future of American hockey be coached by two of the greatest American players to ever play,” said Jim Johansson, assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey.

The event will showcase 42 of the top American born prospects that are eligible for the 2018 NHL Draft. The game will take place in Buffalo at the KeyBank Center, home of the Buffalo Sabres and the arena that will host the 2018 World Junior Championships.

Leetch and Chelios have represented the United States on the international stage on 17 occasions, including five Olympic Winter Games, two World Cups of Hockey, three Canada Cups, two International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s World Championships and five IIHF World Junior Championships.

They will have a great responsibility in coaching future American hockey players, especially at a time when the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea will have no NHL players attending.

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