PROVIDENCE, R.I. – One season after joining the Providence Bruins as the team’s assistant coach, Jay Leach is now the 12th head coach in Providence Bruins franchise history. Joining Leach on the bench will be former ECHL Coach of the Year with the South Carolina Stingrays, Spencer Carbery. The Bruins finalized their coaching staff by adding former NHL goalie Mike Dunham as a goaltending coach, according to Mark Divver of the Providence Journal.
Before joining the Bruins, the 37-year-old Leach was an assistant coach with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during the 2015-16 campaign. He was also an assistant coach during the 2014-15 year in the DEL (Deutsche Eishockey Liga) with the Adler Mannheim winning a league championship.
In his playing career, the Syracuse, N.Y. native played close to 500 American Hockey League games, scoring 25 goals and collected 62 assists for 87 points. He played for the Albany Devils, Worcester Sharks, Lowell Devils, Portland Pirates, Norfolk Admirals, Providence Bruins, Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and the Springfield Falcons, serving as captain for three different teams during his AHL career. He also skated in 70 NHL games with the New Jersey Devils San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, and the Boston Bruins. He scored three points in his NHL career with a goal and two assists.
Carbery, 35, is a name that should be familiar to those who closely follow the Bruins organization. During Carbery’s five-year run with the South Carolina Stingrays, the team worked with the Boston Bruins, and in each year, the Stingrays made the Kelly Cup Playoffs. During the 2014-15 year, the Stingrays won 23 straight games, 13 of which came on the road, and both are ECHL records. Last season, Carbery was the head coach of the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL.
The native of Victoria, British Columbia played four years with the Bakersfield Condors, Stockton Thunder, Fresno Falcons, and South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL as well as the Tulsa Oilers in the Central Hockey League where he scored 48 goals and received 69 assists for 117 points in where he skated in 244 games. He won an ECHL Kelly Cup with the Stingrays during the 2008-09 season.
The Providence Bruins will kick off their 2017-18 campaign with the home opener at the Dunkin Donuts Center on Saturday, October 7 against the Springfield Thunderbirds.