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Ex-NHLer Jay Leach named Providence Bruins coach

By MARK DIVVER
The Providence Journal, R.I.

July 31. 2017 10:40PM




Jay Leach is the new head coach of the Providence Bruins.

The Providence Journal reported the expected hiring last week. On Monday, it became official, as Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced that Leach has been named the 12th head coach of the Providence Bruins.

Last season, Leach was an assistant under former UNH player Kevin Dean, who was promoted to Boston as an assistant coach last month after leading the P-Bruins to the Eastern Conference final for the first time in eight years.

Leach, 37, knows his way around Rhode Island. He is a Providence College alumnus and was Friar captain in 2001. He played three seasons on defense for the P-Bruins and was captain from 2005 to 2007. Leach played 11 seasons of pro hockey, including 70 NHL games with Boston, Tampa Bay, New Jersey, Montreal and San Jose.

In his first season in coaching, he was an assistant under former Boston Bruins assistant Geoff Ward and won a championship with Adler Mannheim in the German pro league in 2014-15.

Leach was an assistant under Mike Sullivan with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins early in the 2015-16 season. When Sullivan took over as Pittsburgh’s head coach, Leach was briefly the minor-league team’s interim head coach. He was given the title of associate head coach after Clark Donatelli was promoted from Wheeling of the ECHL and took over as the head coach.

Leach comes from an accomplished hockey family.

His uncle, Jay Leach, has been a college and pro coach for over 30 years, including eight seasons as an NHL assistant.

Another uncle, Mark Leach, has been an NHL scout for 20 years, first for Detroit and now for Dallas.

Jay’s cousin, former UNH star Steve Leach, played five seasons for the Boston Bruins and is a longtime scout for Calgary.

Hired to take Leach’s place as an assistant coach is Spencer Carbery, who was the head coach of the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League.


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