Jay Leach (ice hockey)

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Jay Leach
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Born (1979-09-02) September 2, 1979 (age 34)
Syracuse, NY, USA
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
team
Former teams
Free Agent
Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils
Montreal Canadiens
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 115th overall, 1998
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2001–present

Jay Christopher Leach (born September 2, 1979 in Syracuse, New York) is an American professional ice hockey player, who is an Unrestricted Free Agent. He formerly played with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Leach was drafted in the fifth round (115th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes. After spending several years in minor hockey leagues, he signed as a free agent with the National Hockey League's Boston Bruins on September 26, 2003. While with the Bruins he appeared in his first two NHL games during the 2005–06 season, collecting no points and seven penalty minutes. Leach spent most of his time in the Bruins organization with their AHL affiliate in 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. He is no longer on the Devils roster.[2]

Personal life[edit]

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

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  1. ^ "Price gets another call; Leach plays forward". Habs Inside/Out.com. 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2009-11-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Sharks, Devils deal minor-leaguers". Boston Globe. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-10. [dead link]

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