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|1984 NHL DRAFT PICK|
No. 34 overall by Washington Capitals
January 16, 1966
Height: 5-11 Weight:
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Matignon (Mass. High School)
Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA)
Hometown: Lexington, Massachusetts
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Junior Championships:
1984 (sixth place)
Mass. Division I H.S. Championship: 1982, 1983,
All-Scholastic First Team: 1983-84 (Matignon)
Miscellaneous: Attended Matignon High School in Cambridge, Mass.
| Debut: March 17, 1986 (Washington at Pittsburgh)|
21 (Washington); 27 (Boston); 27 (St. Louis); 27 (Car.);
28 (Ottawa); 23 (Phoenix); 23 (Pittsburgh)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
||Wash., Bos., STL, Car.,|
Ottawa, Phoenix, Pitt.
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
||WAS, BOS, STL, PHO||92
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.
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)
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|
Washington traded Leach to Boston in exchange for Randy Burridge on June 21,
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