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Jay Leach returns home

"Hockey is a game of momentum," said Leach. "You get a goal, it gives you a jump in your step. Two goals, and you start to believe that you've got the other team on their heels a bit."

Leach started in his home debut, and he immediately assumed a leadership role among his defenders. He was consistently talking with his new teammates between plays, giving them the information they needed to handle Worcester's offense.

Leach said that his leadership skills will extend beyond the ice.

"I think the biggest thing I can do is set an example from the time I arrive at the rink until the time I leave," said Leach. "I don't think there is one specific thing I can offer [the younger players] unless they ask me a direct question about something."

At least when he leaves the rink now, Leach will be entering familiar territory -- namely, his home region.

"I've been [to] a lot of places. Why not come and play for the hometown team?" said Leach.""

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