BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, Monday, June 31, that the Boston Bruins have appointed Jay Leach as head coach of the Providence Bruins. Sweeney also announced that the team has hired Spencer Carbery Assistant Coach of the Providence Bruins to join Trent Whitfield on the staff and that Mike Dunham has been hired as Goaltender Development Coach who will join the Bruins' Development staff.
Leach, 37, served as an assistant coach for the Providence Bruins during the 2016-17 season, where the team racked up 96 points during the regular season and made their first appearance in the AHL Eastern Conference final since the 2008-09 season. Prior to his time with Providence, Leach served as an assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during the 2015-16 season, reaching the second round of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
The Syracuse, N.Y., native spent 11 seasons as a defenseman in the NHL and AHL from 2002-13. Leach skated in 70 career National Hockey League games for five different teams, (Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens, and San Jose Sharks) tallying a goal, two assists, 60 penalty minutes and a plus-three rating.
Originally a fifth-round (115th overall) pick of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Leach also appeared in 499 career AHL games, amassing 25 goals, 62 assists, 608 penalty minutes and a plus-34 rating. He played for the Providence Bruins for parts of four seasons from 2003-07, appearing in two NHL games with Boston during the 2005-06 season.
Prior to making the jump to professional hockey, Leach played four seasons at Providence College from 1997-2001 where he led his team to a bid in the 2001 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Carbery, 35, served as Head Coach for the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League from 2016-17 where the team finished with a 27-32-9 record. Prior to joining the Spirit, Carbery was Head Coach for the South Carolina Stingrays, for five seasons (2011-2016). In five seasons at the helm of South Carolina, Carbery accrued a 207-115-38 record, with his team earning postseason berths in five consecutive seasons, including a finals appearance in 2015. Carbery was named ECHL Coach of the Year (John Brophy Award) following the 2013-14 season.
As a player, Carbery played for the Cowichan Valley Capitals (2001-01) and Penticton Panthers (2001-02) of the BCHL before playing one season at the University of Alaska-Anchorage (2002-03). The forward finished up his collegiate career playing for St. Norbert College (2003-06). Carbery continued his hockey career with the Tulsa Oilers of the CHL before spending his next four seasons in the ECHL playing for four different teams, including three different teams in one season (Bakersfield Condors, Stockton Thunder and Fresno Falcons all in the 2007-08 season). Carbery finished his ECHL career with the Fresno Falcons and South Carolina Stingsrays from 2008-10, before joining the Stingrays as an Assistant Coach for the 2010-11 season. He was later appointed as Head Coach of the Stingrays the following season.
Carbery hails from Victoria, BC.
Dunham, 45, joins the Bruins organization after spending nine seasons with the New York Islanders staff as Goaltending Coach, beginning the 2007-08 season. Prior to his coaching career, Dunham played 10 seasons at the NHL level as a netminder, posting a career 2.74 GAA and .908 save percentage while accruing a 141-178-44 record between the pipes. Dunham played for five different teams in the National Hockey League with his longest tenure coming with the Nashville Predators from 1998-99 season to the 2002-03 season. Dunham also played for the New Jersey Devils (1996-97 season to the 1997-98 season), New York Rangers (2002-03 season to 2003-04 season), Atlanta Thrashers (2005-06 season) and New York Islanders 2006-07 season. Dunham earned the William M. Jennings Trophy for his performance during the 1996-97 season.
Prior to his professional career, Dunham played collegiate hockey at the University of Maine from 1990-1993.
The Johnson City, NY native was drafted in the third round, 53rd overall, of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.
TRANSACTION: Boston Bruins hire Jay Leach as Head Coach of the Providence Bruins (AHL); Spencer Carbery joins staff as Assistant Coach of the Providence Bruins; Mike Dunham joins development staff as Goaltender Development Coach.