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Report: Brian Leetch out at NHL Department of Player Safety

Former New York Rangers great Brian Leetch joined the NHL's Department of Player safety in August 2013 and had said he was happy with his job. Photo: Getty Images

Former New York Rangers great Brian Leetch joined the NHL's Department of Player safety in August 2013 and had said he was happy with his job.

Rangers beat writer Larry Brooks is reporting that Brian Leetch is leaving the NHL's Department of Player Safety, apparently of his own volition.

Leetch, a Hall of Fame defenseman who won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the Broadway Blueshirts, joined the DoPS last August as the manager of player safety, replacing Rob Blake. Leetch was involved in reviewing plays to determine if they merited supplemental discipline, and was a league representative at meetings of the Board of Governors and general managers.

No word yet on what Leetch plans to do next, although he has expressed an interest in coaching. It's too soon to know who might fill his position, but there's speculation that Clause Loiselle, recently fired from his position as assistant GM in Toronto (by former DoPS boss Brendan Shanahan), is in line for a job with the league.

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