BARONS SIGN JOEY LEACH TO AHL CONTRACT
By Josh Evans, OKC Barons
The Oklahoma City Barons have signed defenseman Joey Leach to an AHL contract, Barons General Manager Bill Scott announced today.
Leach, a 6-4, 200-pounder from Wadena, Saskatchewan joined the Barons on an Amateur Tryout (ATO) late in the season after completing his junior eligibility. He appeared in one game for the Barons during his ATO, registering two shots on goal and serving two penalty minutes.
Prior to joining the Barons, Leach played five seasons with the Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League. During those five seasons, he played in 274 games, scored 134 points (27-107-134), served 299 penalty minutes and had a +/- rating of +96. Statistically, his best season was the 2011-12 campaign when he was the top scoring defenseman on his team with 43 points (12-31-43).
Originally drafted by the Calgary Flames in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Leach appeared in the postseason in all five seasons he played with the Ice, scoring nine points (1-8-9) in 37 postseason contests.
Oklahoma City opens their 38-game home schedule with a weekend set of games October 4 and 5. In addition to the home opener, the Barons are scheduled to play at home November 12, 15 and 16 and December 20 and 21. The Barons annual Education Field Trip Day will be November 12.
Hockey season begins in Oklahoma City on Friday, September with the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy when the Edmonton Oilers host the Dallas Stars in an NHL Preseason game. For more information about tickets, call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.
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