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Jay Leach returns to Bruins Organization as NHL assistant coach

Don Sweeney, general manager of the Boston Bruins, made the announcement today, June 12 Jay Leaching has been named Assistant Coach for the Boston Bruins. In addition, Joe Sacco has been named Associate Coach, and John McLean will join the Bruins player development staff as Skating and Skills Coach.

“The Boston Bruins are pleased to welcome Jay Leaching back to the organization,” said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney. “Jay was a highly successful coach with the Providence Bruins, where he had a major impact on our player development system, and he also brings valuable experience as an assistant coach of the Seattle Kraken. We believe Jay will quickly integrate and complement our current staff as he returns to the Bruins to work with our defense corps.

“John is shifting back into a skating and skill development position where he will remain integrated with our current staff and broaden his scope to work with our entire player development system,” Sweeney added. “John was instrumental in working with our medical staff on players returning from injury, and his experience as an assistant coach this season will provide great insights for young players in our organization to understand the individual work required to develop to develop as Brown.”

“I’m very happy with it Jay Leaching join our coaching staff,” said Boston Bruins Head Coach Jim Montgomery. “Jay has an impressive track record at both the AHL and NHL levels, and his experience interacting with players will greatly benefit our team.”

“I would like to congratulate Joe Sacco on his promotion to Associate Coach. Joe is an integral part of this staff because of his experience and the passion he brings to our group every day,” said Montgomery. “I would also like to thank John McLean for his work as assistant coach this past season, and I am grateful that his knowledge of the game will continue to be a huge asset to our player development group.”

Leaching, 44, was most recently an assistant coach of the Seattle Kraken from 2021 to 2024. Prior to his time in Seattle, he spent five seasons with the Providence Bruins, serving as Head Coach from 2017-2021. While he was at the helm in Providence, Leaching compiled an overall record of 136-77-26.

Earlier, Leaching served as an assistant coach for the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (2015-16) and the Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishokcey Liga in Germany (2014-15).

Leaching played eleven seasons in the NHL and AHL from 2002 to 2013. Through 70 career NHL games with New Jersey, San Jose, Montreal, Tampa Bay and Boston, the blueliner scored one goal and two assists for three points. He also appeared in 464 career AHL games for the Albany Devils, Worcester Sharks, Lowell Devils, Norfolk Admirals, Portland Pirates, Providence Bruins, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Springfield Falcons, recording 25 goals and 61 assists for 86 points with a plus-38 rating. . Prior to his professional career, Leaching played four seasons (1997-2001) at Providence College.

Leaching joins Sacco, Chris Kelly (assistant coach), Mathew Myers (video coordinator) and Dan Darrow (assistant video coordinator) to complete Montgomery’s coaching staff for the 2024-2025 season.

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