ECHL Alum Leach Goes Above, Beyond For Providence

By Joe McDonald
Sports Writer
Providence Journal

PROVIDENCE — In order for a team to have success, players need to know their roles, and if for some reason there’s a communication breakdown in the chain of command it’s the captain’s duty to correct things.

Providence Bruins captain Jay Leach, who played his first two professional seasons in the ECHL, is the embodiment of a true leader and that’s why he’s wearing the “C” on his sweater. This season, especially, he has been a critical component for a young and inexperienced P-Bruins club.

It’s not unusual to see Leach having a one-on-one conversation with any of his teammates, and now that the team is playing in the Atlantic Division Finals, his leadership has been even more critical.

“He’s been with us for a while now and he knows what our expectations are,” said Providence coach Scott Gordon, who played and coached in the ECHL “I’m sure there are many conversations he has that I don’t even know about, just to back up what we say and our philosophy as coaches. That’s so critical for a team’s success because you can’t, as a coach, oversee everything.”

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