New York Rangers Name Brian Leetch, Brad Richards Hockey Operations Advisors
VANCOUVER - NOVEMBER 16: Matt Cooke #24 of the Vancouver Canucks chases down the puck along with Brian Leetch #2 of the New York Rangers during the game at General Motors Place on November 16, 2002 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Canucks won 3-1. (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI)

The New York Rangers went back to their roots and hired Brian Leetch and Brad Richards to help the Rangers develop their prospects.

The New York Rangers have a plethora of stunning prospects to develop. But who can help them but a couple of champions?

Stanley Cup Champions Brian Leetch and Brad Richards were both hired today as advisers to hockey operations for the Rangers organization as announced by the Rangers’ Twitter account.

They will work on hockey-related decisions and off-ice player and prospect development. This job description includes working closely with players on their AHL Hartford Wolfpack team.

A Calder Trophy winner in his rookie year and a two-time Norris Trophy winner, Leetch played on the Rangers for 17 seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the team in 1994 while also collecting playoff MVP honors.  He was most recently hired to coach in the American Prospect’s game which is set to be played later this month.

Brad Richards is another Ranger player making his way back to the Garden. Richards donned a Rangers jersey for three seasons and played a key role on the team that made it to the Stanley Cup Finals during the 2014 season.

Richards is also a two-time Stanley Cup winner, as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2015.

The experience these two former players will bring to the organization will be invaluable to the players on the team now and the players that will come to the team in the future. Welcome back to the family, boys. We’re ecstatic to have you!

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