Jay Leach (ice hockey)
September 2, 1979 |
Syracuse, NY, USA
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg; 15 st 5 lb)|
|Played for||Boston Bruins
Tampa Bay Lightning
New Jersey Devils
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||115th overall, 1998
Jay Christopher Leach (born September 2, 1979 in Syracuse, New York) is an American former professional ice hockey player and the current associate coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the American Hockey League. He is a former captain of the Albany Devils.
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.
Leach became an assistant coach with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in 2014, helping the team in winning their sixth DEL Championship.  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. Leach was named interim head coach in December 2015 after Sullivan was promoted to be the head coach at Pittsburgh before settling into his current position of associate head coach on a permanent basis to new Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Clark Donatelli. 
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Price gets another call; Leach plays forward". Habs Inside/Out.com. 2009-11-28. Archived from the original on December 1, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-28.
- "Sharks, Devils deal minor-leaguers". Boston Globe. 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-10.[dead link]
- Dougherty, Peter "Leach signs on as assistant coach in Germany" Albany Times-Union August 20, 2014
- "Mannheim takes DEL title". IIHF.com. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
- "Jay Leach Named Assistant Coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins". Pittsburgh Penguins Official Website. Retrieved 31 July 2015.
- "Jay Leach named WBS Interim Head Coach". NHL.com. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
- Lakso, Seth. "Clark Donatelli hired as WBS Penguins Head Coach". Penguins Insider. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
- Television interview with Scranton coach Jay Leach, WQMY-TV, 12 December 2015