Joey Leach (D)
South Carolina Stingrays
The Rays agreed to terms with Joey Leach for the 2017-18 season on Aug. 30, 2017. Leach split his time between South Carolina and Hershey last year, playing 35 games with the Stingrays and 18 with the Bears before helping SC in 22 playoff games during the team’s run to the Kelly Cup Finals. The 25-year-old finished the regular season with 20 points for South Carolina (four goals, 16 assists) and three assists with Hershey.
The native of Wadena, Sask. who stands at 6-foot-3, 203-pounds has now totaled 204 career ECHL games with South Carolina, the Fort Wayne Komets and the Bakersfield Condors and racked up 64 points on 12 goals and 52 assists. He has also contributed seven assists in 40 career AHL games for Hershey, the Lake Erie Monsters and the Oklahoma City Barons.
Previously a third-round selection of the Calgary Flames in the 2010 NHL Draft, Leach played four years of junior hockey in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Kootenay Ice where he was an offensive threat from the blue line. In his final two seasons, he totaled 77 points. The blueliner made his professional debut in 2012 with the AHL’s Barons.