Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Stephen Leach
Stephen Leach was a talented right-winger with a natural scoring touch. A consistent scorer in college and on the national team, he topped the 20-goal mark twice in an NHL career that topped 700 games.

Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Leach was chosen 34th overall by the Washington Capitals after dominating at Matignon High School. He then attended the University of New Hampshire for two seasons before getting an eleven-game look by the Caps in 1985-86. Leach played a few games for the Caps the next season but received most of ice time with the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL.

Prior to the 1987-88 season, the young forward committed himself to the U.S. national team and scored 26 goals in 49 exhibition matches. His year culminated with participation in the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Leach rejoined Washington after the tournament and was a third line regular for three seasons.

Leach lived out a childhood fantasy when he was traded to the Boston Bruins for Randy Burridge in June 1991. He scored 57 goals his first two seasons with the club and helped them reach the semi-finals in 1992. Over the next two years, he battled injuries and couldn't get steady ice time under coach Brian Sutter. Beginning with a trade to the St. Louis Blues during the 1995-96 season, Leach played with five different clubs during his last four years in the league. He retired after playing a couple of games for the AHL's Louisville Panthers in 2000-01.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Matignon Warriors High-MA 23 17 21 38
1983-84 Matignon Warriors High-MA 21 27 22 49 49
1984-85 U. of New Hampshire H-East 41 12 25 37 53
1984-85 United States WJC-A 7 2 0 2 12
1985-86 U. of New Hampshire H-East 25 22 6 28 30
1985-86 United States WJC-A 7 6 5 11 4
1985-86 Washington Capitals NHL 11 1 1 2 2 0 6 0 1 1 0
1986-87 Washington Capitals NHL 15 1 0 1 6 -4
1986-87 Binghamton Whalers AHL 54 18 21 39 39 13 3 1 4 6
1987-88 United States Nat-Tm 49 26 20 46 30
1987-88 United States Olympics 6 1 2 3 0
1987-88 Washington Capitals NHL 8 1 1 2 17 +2 9 2 1 3 0
1988-89 Washington Capitals NHL 74 11 19 30 94 -4 6 1 0 1 12
1989-90 Washington Capitals NHL 70 18 14 32 104 +10 14 2 2 4 8
1990-91 Washington Capitals NHL 68 11 19 30 99 -9 9 1 2 3 8
1991-92 Boston Bruins NHL 78 31 29 60 147 -8 15 4 0 4 10
1992-93 Boston Bruins NHL 79 26 25 51 126 -6 4 1 1 2 2
1993-94 Boston Bruins NHL 42 5 10 15 74 -10 5 0 1 1 2
1994-95 Boston Bruins NHL 35 5 6 11 68 -3
1995-96 Boston Bruins NHL 59 9 13 22 86 -4
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 14 2 4 6 22 -3 11 3 2 5 10
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 17 2 1 3 24 -2 6 0 0 0 33
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 45 4 5 9 42 -19
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 9 0 2 2 6 -1
1998-99 Detroit Vipers IHL 4 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 22 1 1 2 37 -6 7 1 1 2 2
1998-99 Springfield Falcons AHL 13 5 3 8 10 0
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 56 2 3 5 24 -11
1999-00 Wilkes-Barre Scranton Pens AHL 4 2 3 5 4 +1
2000-01 Louisville Panthers AHL 2 0 1 1 0
NHL Totals 702 130 153 283 978 92 15 11 26 87


Traded to Boston by Washington for Randy Burridge, June 21, 1991. Traded to St. Louis by Boston for Kevin Sawyer and Steve Staios, March 8, 1996. Traded to Carolina by St. Louis for Alexander Godynyuk and Carolina's 6th round choice (Brad Voth) in 1998 Entry Draft, June 27, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, October 4, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, December 3, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, October 19, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Louisville (AHL), November 15, 2000.