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Bruins appoint Jay Leach as AHL head coach

New York Islanders v New Jersey Devils

NEWARK, NJ - SEPTEMBER 30: Jay Leach #33 of the New Jersey Devils skates against New York Islanders at the Prudential Center on September 30, 2011 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Islanders 1-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Boston Bruins have appointed Jay Leach as head coach of the Providence Bruins.

Leach, 37, replaces Kevin Dean, who was promoted earlier this offseason to work alongside Bruce Cassidy in Boston.

Leach, a former NHL defenseman who spent most of his pro career in the AHL, was an assistant coach last season in Providence. He joined the B’s organization last summer after a year spent as an assistant for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Bruins also announced that Spencer Carbery has been hired to assist Leach in Providence, and that Mike Dunham has been hired as Goaltender Development Coach.

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