In a story today on ESPN New York (in which his first name was spelt wrong), Brian Leetch recalls his memories following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, in which he lost a good friend, John Murrary.
In the first game after those events held at Madison Square Garden, Leetch scored the game-winning goal against the Buffalo Sabres in a 5-4 victory. Leetch, though, cannot remember that goal.
“I really don’t remember that [goal],” he said. “That time was a really emotional hard time, from what happened to the country, personally what had happened to my friend, people in our building in New York City, in Boston, people that they were friends with or people that they lost, so it was difficult.”
Leetch and Murray, who worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, attended Boston College together. In the post-college years, Murrary, a Rangers fan, would frequent Madison Square Garden and watch his friend play.
“We were together all the time from when he graduated to those last eight years of his life and he was a big part of mine,” Leetch said of Murray.
For millions of people both in New York and the country, the weeks and days leading up to 9/11 often re-opens old wounds of that Tuesday morning, when New York, Washington and Shanksville, PA.
“It’s always one of those times that if you know somebody that lost or you’ve lost somebody personally, it’s always a tough time,” said Leetch. “There’s no question about it.”
As a New Yorker who was directly affected by the attacks, Leetch’s loss hits close to home. Although I did not lose anyone in the attacks- though I know several people who did- my father lost his job after one of the Towers fell on his office building, and uncle, who worked in the building, was there that morning.
Very sad to hear Leetch talk about his friend. It’s difficult, but for the past several weeks and in the final days leading up to the anniversary, we’ll hear more and more stories like these.
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