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1984 NHL DRAFT PICK
Steve Leach
Selected in second round
No. 34 overall by Washington Capitals

Born January 16, 1966
Position: Right Wing
Height: 5-11   Weight: 180
BEFORE THE DRAFT
Last Team: Matignon (Mass. High School)          
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)
Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts
PRE-DRAFT STATISTICS
Year TeamLeague GPG ATP PIM
1981-82 MatignonMass. H.S. ---- ---- --
1982-83 MatignonMass. H.S. 2317 2138 --
1983-84 MatignonMass. H.S. 2127 2249 49

PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships:
1984 (sixth place)
Mass. Division I H.S. Championship: 1982, 1983, 1984 (Matignon)
Massachusetts All-Scholastic First Team: 1983-84 (Matignon)
Miscellaneous: Attended Matignon High School in Cambridge, Mass.
NHL CAREER
Debut: March 17, 1986 (Washington at Pittsburgh)
Numbers:  29, 21 (Washington); 27 (Boston); 27 (St. Louis); 27 (Car.);
28 (Ottawa); 23 (Phoenix); 23 (Pittsburgh)
Stanley Cup: Never won.  Playing Status: Retired 2000
CAREER NHL STATISTICS
Years TeamsGP GA TPPIM
1986-2000 Wash., Bos., STL, Car.,
Ottawa, Phoenix, Pitt.
702 130153 283978
CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS
YearsTeams GPG ATP PIM
1986-1999 WAS, BOS, STL, PHO92 1511 2687

NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Washington Records:
Fastest two goals by one player (10 seconds in first period  vs. Pittsburgh on Nov. 23, 1990. Goals at 16:29, 16:39)
St. Louis Playoffs Penalty-Minutes Leader: 1997 (33)
1997-98: Played on first Carolina Hurricanes team after franchise had relocated from Hartford.
Miscellaneous: Left University of New Hampshire after his sophomore season to sign with Washington for balance of 1985-86 season. ... Missed part of 1988-89 season with strained left knee, suffered during Washington's Feb. 20, 1989, game at Calgary. He did not return until Washington's March 5, 1989, game vs. Vancouver. ... Missed remainder of 1989-90 regular season with jammed thumb, an injury suffered during Washington's March 23, 1990, game vs. Montreal. He did not return to action until Game 2 of Washington's first-round playoff series at New Jersey on April 7, 1990. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with concussion, suffered during Washington's Oct. 10, 1990, game at N.Y. Rangers. He did not return to action until Washington's Oct. 17, 1990, game at New Jersey. ... Missed part of 1990-91 season with separated right shoulder, an injury suffered during Washington's Feb. 2, 1991, game vs. Winnipeg. He did not return to action until Washington's Feb. 15, 1991, game at Calgary. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with thigh injury, suffered during Boston's Oct. 22, 1992, game at Calgary. ... Missed part of 1992-93 season with torn rib cartilage, an injury suffered in January 1993. He continued playing with the injury until he re-aggravated it during Boston's Jan. 28, 1993, game vs. Winnipeg. He did not return to action until Boston's Feb. 9, 1993, game at St. Louis. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with sprained ligament in left knee, an injury suffered during Boston's Jan. 6, 1994, game vs. Winnipeg. He did not return to action until Boston's March 3, 1994, game vs. Los Angeles. ... Missed part of 1993-94 season with re-aggravation of left knee injury, suffered during Boston's March 5, 1994, game vs. Ottawa. He did not return to action until Boston's April 9, 1994, game vs. Tampa Bay. ... Missed remainder of 1995 season with broken left foot, an injury suffered during Boston's April 8, 1995, game vs. Tampa Bay. ... Missed majority of 1996-97 season with severely sprained left ankle, an injury suffered during St. Louis' Nov. 5, 1996, game at Toronto. The injury did required surgery later in the month, and Leach subsequently suffered a stress fracture in the ankle during his rehab. He did not return to action until St. Louis' March 27, 1997, game vs. Los Angeles. ... Scored game-winning goal for Carolina in team's first victory after leaving Hartford, a 2-1 win vs. New Jersey on Oct. 10, 1997. ... Missed part of 1997-98 season with strained neck, suffered in Carolina's Dec. 6, 1997, game at Boston. He did not return until Carolina's Dec. 20, 1997, game vs. Washington. ... Missed remainder of 1997-98 season with re-aggravation of neck injury, suffered during Carolina's Jan. 22, 1998, game at Ottawa. ... Signed with Ottawa as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Oct. 4, 1998. ... Signed with Phoenix as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Dec. 3, 1998. ... Missed part of 1998-99 with strained shoulder, an injury suffered during Phoenix's Jan. 8, 1999, game at Anaheim. He did not return to action until he was assigned to Springfield (AHL) later in the month. He was eventually recalled to Phoenix on March 4, 1999. ... Signed with Pittsburgh as a Group III unrestricted free agent on Oct. 19, 1999. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with back injury, suffered during Pittsburgh's Dec. 20, 1999, game at Montreal. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's Dec. 30, 1999, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. ... Missed part of 1999-00 season with shoulder injury, suffered during Pittsburgh's Feb. 24, 2000, game at Philadelphia. He did not return to action until Pittsburgh's March 16, 2000, game vs. Florida.
NON-NHL CAREER
Post-Draft Teams: New Hampshire (HE); Binghamton (AHL); Team USA; Detroit (IHL); Springfield (AHL); Wilkes-Barre, Louisville (AHL)
Olympics: 1988 (seventh place)
World Jr. Championships: 1985 (sixth place), 1986 (bronze medal)
NON-NHL AWARDS AND HONORS
Hockey East All-Rookie Team:
1984-85 (New Hampshire)
Team USA World Jr. Championships MVP: 1985 (tri-winner)
Wilkes-Barre Captain: February 2000
USA World Jr. Championships Captain: 1986
New Hampshire Leclerc Trophy (MVP): 1985-86
Miscellaneous: Competed in 1985 U.S. National Sports Festival. ... Was captain of first U.S. team to win a medal at the World Junior Championships when he won bronze in 1986. Leach led Team USA with 11 points and tied for the team leads with six goals and five assists. ... Assigned by Washington organization to spend 1987-88 season with U.S. Olympic team, preparing for first Olympics open to players with NHL experience. ... Signed tryout contract with Louisville (AHL) as an unrestricted free agent on Nov. 15, 2000. He played in two games before retiring. ... Active in charitable causes during his playing days, including work with Alzheimer's Foundation. ... Founded Steve Leach's Hockey Visions after his retirement. The company, based in the Boston area, offers power skating training and skills clinics for youth hockey players, and specializes in what it calls Overspeed Training, in which players are taught to push themselves to new heights in skating and physical activity through short bursts of speed.
Personal: Full name is Stephen Morgan Leach. ... Also known as Stephen Leach during his playing days. ... Younger brother of former minor-leaguer and NHL assistant coach Jay Leach. ... Youngest of seven children.
HOW HE GOT AWAY
TRADE: Washington traded Leach to Boston in exchange for Randy Burridge on June 21, 1991.

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SNAPSHOT '84
Total Selected: 250
Forwards: 142
Defense: 88
Goaltenders: 20
Major Junior: 110
Tier II/Jr. B: 16/9
College Players: 23
High School: 47
Midget: 4
U.S. Junior B: 1
Canadian: 145
Euro-Canadian: 2
USA Citizens: 62
U.S.-Born: 63
European: 41
Reached NHL: 102
Stanley Cup: 20
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 18
Year-end All-Star: 7
Olympians: 31
 
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