Right-winger Jamie Leach was a role player on three different NHL clubs in the early 1990s. After an exemplary junior career, he put up impressive numbers in the minors and Britain. In attempting a big league career, he followed in the footsteps of his father, Reggie Leach.
Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Jamie grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey when his father starred for the Phialdephia Flyers. After playing for the local high school team, he spent a year with the New Westminster Bruins of the WHL, followed by three years as a top scorer in the OHL with the Hamilton Steelhawks and Niagara Falls Thunder.
The talented youngster was chosen 47th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987. He spent most of his four years in the Pens' organization as a prospect trying to make an impression in the IHL. He played 38 games when the club experienced a rash injuries while trying to defend its Stanley Cup title in 1991-92 but was returned to the minors when the regulars began to return.
Leach joined the Hartford Whalers and Florida Panthers briefly before returning to the minors and spending a year with the Canadian National Team. He moved to Great Britain in 1996 where he became a workhorse on the Sheffield Steelers and Nottingham Panthers.