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2014 NHL Draft
Jay Leach

Jay Leach  #33

NUMBER: 33 BIRTHDATE: September 2, 1979
HEIGHT: 6' 5" BIRTHPLACE: Syracuse, NY, United States
WEIGHT: 220 DRAFTED: PHX / 1998 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 5th   (115th overall)

Played in 7 straight...Made Devils' 2010-11 debut Mar. 26 at Buf.;  became 20th player to be re-acquired and see action with NJ...Was recalled Mar. 26 from Albany (AHL) under emer. conditions;  had 1g-3a-4pts and 8 PIM in 16 games...Was assigned to Alb. Feb. 17...DND two games Feb. 11-16; was recalled from Alb. Feb. 11 under emer. conditions...Wears no. 33 after being assigned no. 2 and wearing 28/25 in past stints with NJ...Appeared in 50 games with Worcester (AHL), had 1g-4a-5pts and 45 PIM...2009-10:  Skated in 35 NHL contests;  28 with SJ/7 with Mtl...Scored his first career NHL goal (EN) on Mar. 11 with SJ vs. Nsh...Claimed off waivers from Mtl. by SJ on Dec. 1;  had 5 PIM in 7 games with Mtl...Was claimed by Mtl. on re-entry waivers from NJ, Nov. 6...Was assigned to Lowell (AHL) on Sep. 30...Started year with NJD org.;  posted 3a in 12 games with Low...Saw action with NJD in 2008-09, had 1a and 21 PIM in 24 games;  scored first career NHL point with assist Nov. 23, 2008 at TB.

Signed as a free agent by Boston, September 26, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Tampa Bay, July 3, 2007. Traded to Anaheim by Tampa Bay for Brandon Segal and Anaheim's 7th round choice (David Carle) in 2008 Entry Draft, February 26, 2008. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 17, 2008. Claimed on waivers by Montreal from New Jersey, November 6, 2009. Claimed on waivers by San Jose from Montreal, December 1, 2009. Traded to New Jersey by San Jose with Steven Zalewski for Michael Swift and Patrick Davis, February 9, 2011. Missed majority of 2011-12 due to recurring lower-body injury.
Quote of the Day

It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness