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Jay Leach to coach Providence, Mike Dunham hired for goalie development

The one-time Bruin will be the new P-B’s bench boss, and a former NHLer will help develop goalies.

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The Providence Bruins are no longer head coach-less (whatever, pretend it’s a word): former Bruin defenseman Jay Leach will be the new bench boss.

The Bruins, in a media release this morning, announced that Leach will take the reins behind the bench for the upcoming season, and that Spencer Carbery has also been hired as his assistant.

From the release:

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, who was an assistant for the P-Bruins last year, played in two games for the Bruins about a decade ago; he also racked up 159 games with the Providence Bruins and played his college hockey at Providence College.

(I guess you could say he’s familiar with the area.)

Carbery coached the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL last year and bounced around the ECHL for a few years during his playing career.

Mike Dunham was named a goalie development coach (not goalie coach, that’s a different position), meaning he’ll work with the up-and-coming goalies throughout the Bruins’ system.

Dunham played more than 300 NHL games for five different teams.