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Jay Leach (ice hockey)

Jay Leach
Born (1979-09-02) September 2, 1979
Syracuse, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils
Montreal Canadiens
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 115th overall, 1998
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2001–2013

Jay Christopher Leach (born September 2, 1979 in Syracuse, New York) is an American former professional ice hockey player and a current assistant coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League. He is a former captain of the Albany Devils.

Playing career

Leach was drafted in the fifth round (115th overall) by the Providence. On July 3, 2007, he was signed as a free agent by the Tampa Bay Lightning. He played in two games for the Lightning during the 2007–08 season but spent most of the season in the AHL. On February 26, 2008 he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks. Later, during the summer of 2008 he signed with the New Jersey Devils. On November 6, 2009, Leach was claimed by the Montreal Canadiens on re-entry waivers from the Devils. On November 28, 2009, due to a high number of injuries to Canadiens forwards, Leach played forward instead of his usual defense position.[1]

Leach was claimed off waivers by the San Jose Sharks on December 1, 2009, and he played 28 games for the Sharks during the season. He recorded his first NHL goal in an 8 to 5 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators on March 11, 2010. He began the 2010–11 season playing for the AHL's Worcester Sharks, but on February 9, 2011, he was traded back to the New Jersey Devils along with Steven Zalewski in exchange for Patrick Davis and Mike Swift..[2]

Coaching career

Leach became an assistant coach with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2014, helping the team in winning their sixth DEL Championship.[3] [4] On July 7, 2015, Leach was appointed as assistant coach to Mike Sullivan for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL.[5]

Personal life

Leach is married to NHL Network's Kathryn Tappen. He is also the nephew of former NHL forward Stephen Leach.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Providence College HE 32 0 8 8 29
1998–99 Providence College HE 33 1 8 9 42
1999–00 Providence College HE 37 1 9 10 101
2000–01 Providence College HE 40 4 21 25 104
2001–02 Mississippi Sea Wolves ECHL 70 3 13 16 116 10 1 1 2 8
2002–03 Augusta Lynx ECHL 65 8 11 19 162
2002–03 Springfield Falcons AHL 9 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Long Beach Ice Dogs ECHL 3 0 1 1 4
2003–04 Providence Bruins AHL 3 0 0 0 4
2003–04 Trenton Titans ECHL 31 2 11 13 45
2003–04 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 23 0 1 1 33 7 0 1 1 10
2004–05 Trenton Titans ECHL 11 0 2 2 17
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 62 4 5 9 92 17 0 0 0 28
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 71 5 11 16 100 6 0 1 1 15
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 2 0 0 0 7
2006–07 Providence Bruins AHL 73 2 5 7 128 13 0 4 4 13
2007–08 Norfolk Admirals AHL 55 3 8 11 54
2007–08 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Portland Pirates AHL 20 3 6 9 30 18 1 0 1 7
2008–09 Lowell Devils AHL 24 2 4 6 29
2008–09 New Jersey Devils NHL 24 0 1 1 21
2009–10 Lowell Devils AHL 12 0 3 3 10
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 0 0 0 5
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 28 1 1 2 20
2010–11 Worcester Sharks AHL 50 1 4 5 45
2010–11 Albany Devils AHL 16 1 3 4 8
2010–11 New Jersey Devils NHL 7 0 0 0 7
2011–12 Albany Devils AHL 21 0 2 2 12
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 60 4 10 14 63
NHL totals 70 1 2 3 60

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1998 United States WJC 5th 7 0 1 1 8
Junior totals 7 0 1 1 8

References

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  3. ^ Dougherty, Peter "Leach signs on as assistant coach in Germany" Albany Times-Union August 20, 2014
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External links

  • Jay Leach's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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