STORRS, Conn. - The UConn men's hockey team will play their Hockey East home opener Wednesday night against Boston College at the XL Center and a pair of Connecticut hockey legends will be in attendance to help kick-off the Huskies home slate in style. Former Husky great and All-American Todd Krygeir and former New York Ranger and Connecticut native Brian Leetch will be on hand for a ceremonial puck drop to help welcome Hockey East to Hartford.
Krygier is the greatest player to ever wear an UConn uniform, skating for the Huskies from 1984-88. He was a two-time All-American and still holds school records for career goals (99), career hat tricks (7), points scored in a game (9) and assists in a game (7). He ranks second in the UConn record book in career points scored with an even 200, third in career assists (101). During his 1987-88 All-American season, Krygier had 71 points, second all-time, on 32 goals and 39 assists.
Following his playing career, Krygier was drafted by the Hartford Whalers in the 1988 supplemental draft. He had a nine-year NHL career and is still the only Husky player to play in the NHL. Krygier had stints with the Whalers, the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks. He played in 543 career games, scoring 100 goals with 143 assists and played in 48 career playoff games scoring 10 goals with seven assists.
Leetch, a Cheshire Conn. native, had a distinguished playing career at every level. In just two seasons at Avon Old Farms School, Leetch became the school's all-time leading scorer collecting 169 points. During his senior season, he posted 92 points, captaining the team to an undefeated regular season.
After his time at Avon Old Farms, Leetch attended Boston College for one season and was a Hobey Baker Award nominee as a freshman. Leetch played on three United States Olympic teams (1988, 1998, 2002), and led the team to a silver medal in 2002. He served as team captain of the 1988 and 2002 teams. In his professional career, he has earned the Norris Trophy twice (1992, 1997), honoring the NHL's best defenseman.
He was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1994 as the most valuable player in the NHL playoffs, when he led the New York Rangers to a Stanley Cup championship. Leetch played in 11 NHL All-Star games, and is the second highest leading scorer in New York Rangers history with 981 points.
He retired in 2006 after 18 seasons in the NHL and his number 2 was retired by the New York Rangers on January 24, 2008. He is considered by many as not only the "greatest Ranger ever," but also as the greatest American-born hockey player.
Opening face-off against BC Wednesday night is scheduled for 7:05 pm. Visit UConnTickets.com to buy tickets to the Huskies Hockey East home opener.
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