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.