For home games during the 2017-18 season, the Carleton Place Canadians will be profiling one player from the team. This time, the profile is on Michael Leach.
Birthdate: Jan. 30, 1999
Hometown: Dunrobin, Ont.
Weight: 194 lbs
Leach is in his second season with the Canadians Jr. A team as his third as a full-time member of the Carleton Place organization after being drafted by the team in the 2014 CCHL Draft.
Prior to entering the fold in Carleton Place, Leach played with the Ottawa Valley Titans AAA. During his major bantam season, Leach had a 11-3-2 record and a 2.47 goals-against average. His numbers improved in his minor midget season, where he had a 12-1-3 record and 2.38 GAA. Leach then joined the Carleton Place Canadians Midget AAA team in the first year the team was introduced. That season he had a 17-5-2 record and 1.86 GAA.
“I practiced with the junior team a lot my minor midget year and that helped a lot,” Leach said. “I’ve had great coaching, been with the same goalie coach for a while, Eli Rassi and then moving to Matt Dupod this year.”
Leach said being with the team last season and being around the club during the 2015-16 season has made this season “just another season now,” adding there’s no difference between what he is used to, or expects, versus what happens on the ice.
While in the crease, Leach describes himself as a hybrid goaltender.
“I rely a lot on my reflexes and positioning and just try to set myself up in the best position possible to make the save.”
He added that while he looks at other goalies like Carey Price and Jonathan Quick for some inspiration, he likes to play his own style of goaltender.
That style has worked for Leach this season as he is sporting a 12-2-0 record, a 1.72 GAA, three shut-outs and a .928 save percentage in 16 games played.