Pat Leahy (ice hockey)

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Pat Leahy
Born (1979-06-09) June 9, 1979 (age 35)
Brighton, MA, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Boston Bruins
Nashville Predators
EHC Black Wings Linz
NHL Draft 122nd overall, 1998
New York Rangers
Playing career 2001–2014

Patrick Donald Leahy (born June 9, 1979 in Brighton, Massachusetts) is a former professional ice hockey right wing who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Boston Bruins and the Nashville Predators before spending the rest of career abroad with EHC Black Wings Linz of the Austrian Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Leahy originally played hockey at Boston College High School of the Catholic High School Conference. During his time at BC High, Leahy set a school record for points in career (with 140), was named to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald Dream Teams as a senior, and was honored with the titles of team captain and MVP.

After being drafted in the 5th round, 122nd overall, at the 1998 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, Leahy spent 4 years playing college hockey for Miami University in Oxford, Ohio before he turned pro in 2001. During his first year of professional hockey, Leahy played for four pro teams, including the Trenton Titans of the ECHL, the Hershey Bears, the Portland Pirates and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League. After bouncing around during the 2001–02 season, Leahy settled with the Providence Bruins for the entire 2002–03 season before signing with NHL affiliate, the Boston Bruins the following season on July 28, 2003.

During the 2003–04, Leahy made his NHL debut with the Bruins against the Philadelphia Flyers on December 6, 2003. After 6 scoreless games with Boston he was returned to the P-Bruins. Remaining with Providence through the 2004 NHL Lockout, Pat made the Bruins opening roster for the 2005–06 season and on October 8, 2005, he scored his first NHL goal (unassisted) against the Pittsburgh Penguins.[1] In 43 games with Boston he scored 4 goals for 8 points before re-assigned to Providence.

On July 17, 2006, Leahy left the Bruins organization and signed a one-year contract as a free agent with the Nashville Predators. Making just a single appearance with the Predators during the 2006–07 season, Leahy was assigned to AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals of the majority of the year.

Unable to establish a NHL spot after six professional seasons, Leahy signed with European team EHC Black Wings Linz of the Austrian Hockey League. Leahy spent the last 7 seasons of his career with Linz, culminating with a Championship in 2012 before retiring at the end of the 2013–14 season.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Miami University (Ohio) CCHA 28 0 1 1 24
1998–99 Miami University (Ohio) CCHA 34 10 20 30 40
1999–00 Miami University (Ohio) CCHA 36 16 22 38 89
2000–01 Miami University (Ohio) CCHA 37 13 19 32 52
2001–02 Trenton Titans ECHL 41 20 21 41 64
2001–02 Hershey Bears AHL 9 1 2 3 8
2001–02 Portland Pirates AHL 9 1 1 2 8
2001–02 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 14 2 2 4 2 20 3 4 7 4
2002–03 Providence Bruins AHL 66 20 23 43 63 4 1 0 1 18
2003–04 Providence Bruins AHL 55 14 16 30 37 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 6 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 38 1 14 15 18 17 4 6 10 20
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 43 4 4 8 1
2005–06 Providence Bruins AHL 4 1 2 3 4
2006–07 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 52 10 20 30 30 3 1 1 2 2
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2007–08 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 44 20 25 45 44 11 3 6 9 14
2008–09 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 54 18 25 43 62 6 2 0 2 4
2009–10 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 50 24 39 63 90 18 7 11 18 28
2010–11 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 50 14 25 39 38 5 1 1 2 4
2011–12 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 37 12 24 36 46 13 1 6 7 6
2012–13 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 43 24 26 50 16 13 3 3 6 14
2013–14 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 42 17 17 34 10 8 3 1 4 10
AHL totals 243 49 78 127 166 46 9 11 20 44
NHL totals 50 4 4 8 19

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video of Leahy's First NHL Goal". National Hockey League. 2005-10-08. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  2. ^ "Linz champion Leahy retires" (in German). volksblatt.at. 2014-03-20. Retrieved 2014-03-20. 

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