Jay Leach (ice hockey)
September 2, 1979 |
Syracuse, NY, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|New Jersey Devils
Tampa Bay Lightning
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||115th overall, 1998
Jay Christopher Leach (born September 2, 1979 in Syracuse, New York) is an American professional ice hockey player, who is a free agent. He formerly played with the Albany Devils of the American Hockey League.
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.
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.
|2001–02||Mississippi Sea Wolves||ECHL||70||3||13||16||116||10||1||1||2||8|
|2003–04||Long Beach Ice Dogs||ECHL||3||0||1||1||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||Bridgeport Sound Tigers||AHL||23||0||1||1||33||7||0||1||1||10|
|2007–08||Tampa Bay Lightning||NHL||2||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||24||0||1||1||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||San Jose Sharks||NHL||28||1||1||2||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||7||0||0||0||7||—||—||—||—||—|