Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jamie Leach
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Cherry Hill East High School High-NJ 60 48 51 99 68
1984-85 Philadelphia Jr. Flyers NEJHL 70 35 35 70 24
1985-86 New Westminster Bruins WHL 58 8 7 15 20
1986-87 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 64 12 19 31 67
1987-88 Hamilton Steelhawks OHL 64 24 19 43 79 14 6 7 13 12
1988-89 Niagara Falls Thunder OHL 58 45 62 107 47 17 9 11 20 25
1989-90 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 10 0 3 3 0 +3
1989-90 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 72 22 36 58 39 15 9 4 13 14
1990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 7 2 0 2 0 -1
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 43 33 22 55 26
1991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 38 5 4 9 8 -2
1991-92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 3 1 1 2 2
1992-93 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -2
1992-93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 9 5 3 8 2 4 1 2 3 0
1992-93 Hartford Whalers NHL 19 3 2 5 2 -5
1992-93 Springfield Indians AHL 29 13 15 28 33
1993-94 Florida Panthers NHL 2 1 0 1 0 -2
1993-94 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 74 15 19 34 64 11 1 0 1 4
1994-95 Canada Nat-Tm 41 12 26 38 26
1994-95 Cincinnati Cyclones IHL 11 0 2 2 9
1994-95 San Diego Gulls IHL 4 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Rochester Americans AHL 47 12 14 26 52 2 0 0 0 0
1995-96 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 5 6 1 7 4
1996-97 Sheffield Steelers BH-Cup 10 13 4 17 4
1996-97 Sheffield Steelers Britain 36 17 20 37 26 8 4 5 9 12
1997-98 Nottingham Panthers BH-Cup 11 6 7 13 2
1997-98 Nottingham Panthers Britain 39 20 25 45 36 5 1 1 2 2
1998-99 Nottingham Panthers BH-Cup 12 8 9 17 10
1998-99 Nottingham Panthers Britain 32 16 13 29 14 8 4 5 9 0
1999-00 Nottingham Panthers BH-Cup 9 2 5 7 4
1999-00 Nottingham Panthers Britain 42 17 29 46 18 6 2 3 5 12
2000-01 Nottingham Panthers BH-Cup 10 2 3 5 6
2000-01 Nottingham Panthers Britain 46 16 10 26 16 6 1 3 4 2
NHL Totals 81 11 9 20 12


Son of Reggie Claimed on waivers by Hartford from Pittsburgh, November 21, 1992. Signed as a free agent by Florida, August 31, 1993.
Officially announced his retirement and named Assistant Coach of New Jersey, August 3, 2001.