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Bruins appoint Jay Leach as P-Bruins coach, add 2 more to staff

Ty Anderson
July 31, 2017 - 1:50 pm

For the second season in a row, thanks to Kevin Dean joining the staff as one of Bruce Cassidy’s assistant coaches this upcoming season after just one season as the head coach with the Providence Bruins, Bruins general manager Don Sweeney was forced to spend his offseason searching for a new Providence Bruins head coach.

After weeks of searching, Sweeney has found that bench boss, as the Bruins announced that Jay Leach has been appointed the newest head coach of the P-Bruins.

Leach served as an assistant coach for the P-Bruins last season, where the team recorded 96 points during the regular season and made their first AHL Eastern Conference Finals appearance since the 2008-09 season. Prior to his time with Providence, Leach served as an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2015-16, reaching the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

While still new, the 37-year-old Leach has AHL head coaching experience, believe it or not, with a 3-0-0-1 record as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre interim head coach in between Sullivan’s promotion and the club’s hiring of Clark Donatelli. Once Donatelli was hired, the 36-year-old Leach’s title with the Baby Pens was changed to associate head coach.

Though a Syracuse, N.Y. native, Leach is familiar with both the area and organization beyond just this past season, too, as he spent his collegiate career with the Providence Friars from 1997 to 2001, and skated with the Bruins organization from 2003 to 2007.

Sweeney also announced that the team has hired Spencer Carbery as an assistant coach to join Trent Whitfield on the P-Bruins staff, and that Mike Dunham has been hired as a goaltender development coach to join the Bruins’ development staff.

The 35-year-old Carbery was the head coach for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League in 2016-17, where the team finished with a 27-32-9 record.

Carbery has some prior connection to the Bruins organization, however, as he was the head coach for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL from 2011 to 2016.

In five seasons in South Carolina, Carbery went 207-115-38, with his team earning postseason berths in five consecutive seasons, including a finals appearance in 2015. Carbery was named ECHL Coach of the Year following the 2013-14 season.

The 45-year-old Dunham, meanwhile, joins the Bruins organization after spending nine seasons with the Islanders staff as a goaltending coach, beginning in 2007-08.  

Prior to his coaching career, Dunham played 10 seasons in the NHL, posting a career 2.74 GAA and .908 save percentage while accruing a 141-178-44 record.

Dunham played for five different teams in the NHL with his longest tenure coming with the Nashville Predators from 1998 to 2003. Dunham also played for the Devils for two seasons, Rangers for two years, and then the Thrashers and Islanders for one season each. Dunham, a Johnson City, N.Y. native, also won the William M. Jennings Trophy for his performance with Martin Brodeur on the Devils during the 1996-97 season.

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