South Carolina Stingrays’ defenseman Joey Leach is the AMI Graphics ECHL Plus Performer of the Month for March after leading the league lead with a plus-minus rating of +13.
Leach posted an even or better rating in all 11 games during the month including a +4 on March 4 in a 4-2 win at Atlanta. He posted a +2 rating on two occasions - March 11 and March 12, both against Atlanta.
The 24-year-old leads all ECHL defensemen, and is second overall in the league, with a +34 rating this season. He has tallied 15 points (6g-9a) in 53 games with the Stingrays and has added three assists in six games with Hershey of the American Hockey League.
A native of Wadena, Saskatchewan, Leach has 42 points (8g-37a) in 164 career ECHL games with South Carolina, Fort Wayne and Bakersfield and last season was fifth in the league with a +37 rating. Leach has also appeared in 23 career AHL games with Oklahoma City, Lake Erie and Hershey, recording four assists.
In recognition of his accomplishment, AMI Graphics will present Joey Leach with a personalized Plus Performer of the Month Banner during an on-ice ceremony at an upcoming Stingrays’ home game.
Runner Up: Kyle Ostrow, Colorado (+12).