In today’s show I talk with former Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Florida Panthers and Team Canada forward Jamie Leach.
Stanley Cup winner Jamie Leach also went on to play for the Sheffield Steelers and the Nottingham Panthers.
Jamie Leach Interview.
We talk about his early years growing up with a famous hockey dad, the former Philadelphia Flyers forward and “Super Star” of his era, Reggie Leach and how his 1987 third round draft day pick, by the Pittsburgh Penguins, came as a complete surprise to him.
Jamie tells us about his time at Pittsburgh, his debut against the New York Rangers, the 1991 – 92 back to back Stanley Cup winning teams and the stars that wore the black and yellow jersey, the depth of the Penguins team and consequently the difficulty of breaking into line up.
We also talk of his decision to leave the club by asking to be traded, the move to the Hartford Whalers and why he was to subsequently regret the move.
Jamie in Sheffield
Later Jamie speaks of how former Penguins team mate Ken Priestlay, was pivotal in his decision to come to the UK to play for the Sheffield Steelers and why after just one season in Sheffield, Jamie decided to move 40 miles down the M1 motorway to sign for coach Mike Blaisdell at the Nottingham Panthers.
Jamie in Nottingham
We discuss his four years in Nottingham, his feeling about being made captain of the club, of the characters of the Panthers team and about the Nottingham Ice Stadium itself and the end of an era as he watched it being demolished to make way for the new National Ice Centre (NIC).
Finally Jamie tells us about his life today and about how, together with his dad Reggie, he utilises all of their accumulated Pro Hockey knowledge to successfully run his own Winnipeg based Hockey Business.
Shoot to Score
Jamie’s Shoot to Score hockey company specialises in running hockey camps designed to help develop aspiring hockey players, the company offers player and coach mentorship and personalised programs for players, coaches and even hockey associations.
You can checkout Jamie’s Shoot to Score hockey business by clicking on the link below:
Shoot to Score Hockey
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I also give a Get Well Shout Out to former Fife Flyers and Murrayfield Races D Man Scott Plews of the 100 Years UK Hockey Celebration of Ice Hockey website after a successful operation on his back.
You can also listen to Podcast interviews from Jamie’s alumni of former Nottingham Panthers players:
Marc Twaite Episode S1E02
Graham Waghorn Episode S1E06
Randall Weber Episode S1E07
Frankie Killen Episode S1E12
Jimmy Keyes Episode S1E13
Paul Adey Episode S1E16
Fred Perlini Episode S1E20
Craig Melancon Episode S1E21
Kenny McKie Episode S1E25
Todd Bidner Episode S1E27
Chuck Taylor Episode S1E29
Selmar Odelein Episode S2E01
Steve Carpenter Episode S2E06
Mario Belanger Episode S2E10
Paul Blahji Episode S2E12
Scott O’Connor Episode S3E03
Greg Hadden Episode S4E02
Barry Nieckar Episode S4 E06
André Malo Episode S4E10
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