Bruins welcome back old friend on the coaching staff

He's back for another tenure with the Bruins.

Michael W.

The Boston Bruins have welcomed back an old friend to the organization, as former forward Jay Leach has been hired to join the coaching staff. 

Leach played 70 games at the NHL level starting in 2005-06, also spending time with the New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks. He's coached the Bruins American Hockey League affiliate Providence Bruins, and has also spent time as an assistant with the Seattle Kraken. 

“The Boston Bruins are excited to welcome Jay Leach back to the organization,” said Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney. “Jay was a very successful coach with the Providence Bruins where he greatly impacted our player development system, and he also brings valuable experience as an assistant coach from the Seattle Kraken. We believe Jay will integrate quickly and complement our current staff as he comes back to the Bruins to work with our defense corps.”

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

"I’m thrilled to have Jay Leach join our coaching staff,” said Boston Bruins Head Coach Jim Montgomery. “Jay has an impressive track record at both the AHL and NHL level, and his experience connecting with players will greatly benefit our team.”

“I’d like to congratulate Joe Sacco on his promotion to Associate Coach. Joe has been an integral part of this staff due to his experience and the passion he brings to our group every day," added Montgomery. "I also want to thank John McLean for his work as an Assistant Coach this past season, and I’m grateful his knowledge of the game will continue to be a tremendous asset for our player development group.”

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