Providence Bruins Coach Leach Gets All-Star Honors

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By: Mark Allred            Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

With a 3-1 victory and season sweep of the Utica Comets last night, the American Hockey League announced that Providence Bruins Head Coach Jay Leach will be the bench boss and represent the Atlantic Division at the 2018 AHL All-Star game.  The first-year Head Coach of the top minor-pro affiliate of the Boston Bruins has done what it takes to properly develop prospects along with Assistant Coaches Spencer Carbery and Trent Whitfield to catapult the 21-8-2-0 Providence team to the top of the Atlantic Division and even better Eastern Conference.

Leach, a native of Syracuse, New York was a former Captain of the Providence Bruins and also at the NCAA level with the Providence College Friars. Jay becomes the 12th head coach of Providence dating back to 1992 when the AHL franchise moved the Maine Mariners from Portland, Maine to the state of Rhode Island. As an AHL Bruins player, Leach played in 209 career games contributing 11-21-32 numbers with 324 penalty minutes. Leach appeared in two National Hockey League games with the Boston Bruins only to get seven minutes in penalties on the score sheet.

Leach and his Providence team get back to work tonight and end the season-long eight game road trip when they travel to Belleville, Ontario with a matchup against the new AHL franchise Belleville Senators. The Sens have a record of 12-17-0-3 and have lost their last game 4-3 against the Laval Rocket in Belleville and are 2-7-0-1 in the last ten games. Puck Drops from Yardmen Arena at 7pm and is the last game of 2017 and the team returns to the Dunkin” Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island after a month-long road trip next year on January 5, 2018, when they host the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Support Your Baby B’s!!!

If you’d like to watch tomorrow’s stars today, I highly suggest you take advantage of the cheap tickets and family atmosphere that’s available at every Providence Bruins home game at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence,  Rhode Island.  You can get ticket information and other great info by clicking HERE to enter the official Baby B’s website.

Also, if you do happen to go and support the team at the Dunk, be sure to stop by the Providence Bruins Fan Club table behind sections 101 and 102. Fantastic season ticket holders and Fan Club volunteers Jenna Labush, Rhonda Labush, and Steven Labush are always there with other valued members to help with any information and questions. You can also use the address below or visit the Official Fan Club page on the Providence Bruins website by clicking HERE. Follow the Baby B’s Fan Club on Social Media!


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Boston Bruins Name Kevin Dean Assistant Coach

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By Mark Allred                           Follow Me On Twitter @BlackAndGold277

When the Bruins ended their postseason run for the first time in two years against Ottawa, General Manager mentioned in the team’s exit meetings or locker cleanout day that the organization would like to explore options on the idea of adding another assistant coach to the mix. Well, today they made it happen with the addition of Kevin Dean.


Dean is a solid coach and did very well in his first season as a bench boss with the American Hockey Leagues Providence Bruins. After a 43-23-6-4 regular season and a Calder Cup Playoff run that got them to the third round, this is an excellent idea as a wave of developmental talent knocks on the door of potential roster spots in the next few seasons.  Obviously, the hiring of now NHL B’s coach Bruce Cassidy is a clear indication the team is going to get younger and another set of eye’s and voice as an assistant coach may have never come at a better time. Both Dean and Cassidy have been in this scenario before when they spent the 2011-12 to 2015-16 seasons behind the AHL bench and racked up a 207-128-21-24 record in 380 games.



With the upward movement of the coaching staff, Providence Journal Bruins Beat Writer Mark Divver mentioned Trent Whitfield and Jay Leach are likely to fill the gaps as they’ve been with the team for the 2016-17 year. Leach has been with the B’s for one season after an assistant job with the Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Whitfield, a former Assistant Coach in the AHL with the former Portland Pirates, joined the Baby B’s from the Western Hockey League with the Calgary Hitmen. Both Leach and Whitfield have spent time as players for the Bruins organization.

To me this looks like an R&D project taking shape and why not set the tone of something useful in building a core of educators to grasp the minds and creativity of the individual players who are about to spend many years in the National Hockey League. This is a positive step forward, and it looks like the B’s are setting the building blocks for many years of competitive hockey and possibly a yearly threat like they were for several seasons before missing the playoffs for two straight seasons.

This may be the biggest offseason of Sweeney’s career so far as he and scouts construct a roster to not only make the playoffs for the second straight year but possibly make a run in the late rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The offseason believe it or not is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes, the no hockey to watch does suck during the long dog day time off but looking at the direction this organization is going and dissecting certain decisions will also be intriguing.