NHL Hall-of-Famer Brian Lett, who was born in New Hampshire and raised in Connecticut, died Sunday at the age of 83.
He was found dead at his home in New Canaan, Conn., the Hartford Courant reported.
The newspaper added that a cause of death was not immediately available.
Lett was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1999 and played 1,903 regular-season games for the New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild, Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals.
He won a Stanley Cup in 1989 with the Detroit Red Wing.
Brian Litt’s legacy is a great one, but his death has been a devastating blow for the game of hockey.
I’m sad to see it go.
I think it was one of those things where you can just see a career that he had come to an end.
It was just really tough.
I didn’t even know him.
He really was the glue that held everything together, and I think his spirit and his personality and his character and his drive was just incredible.
Litt, a native of the Connecticut towns of New Haven and South Windsor, Conn.
had a stellar career in the NHL, scoring over 1,000 points in 3,200 regular-game games, including 1,852 goals.
He became the first player in NHL history to score 1,800 goals and set career highs in goals (1,816) and assists (1) in the same season.
The Hall of Famers honored Lett with an honorary captaincy in 1999, and in 2005 he became the second-most-gifted player in the league behind Sidney Crosby, who scored 2,821 points.
Latt also won the Stanley Cup twice with the Montreal Canadiens, twice with Detroit and was named to the All-Star team three times with the Rangers.
He retired after the 1991-92 season with the Red Wings.
Lott’s first wife, JoAnn, died in 2008 at the young age of 89.