Three Former Friars Sign NHL Contracts

    July 2, 2012

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Three former Providence College men's hockey players signed new National Hockey League contracts this week. Jay Leach (Altamont, N.Y.) signed with the New Jersey Devils on Sunday July 1, Colin McDonald (Wethersfield, Conn.) signed with the New York Islanders, and Jon Rheault (Deering, N.H.) signed with the Florida Panthers on Monday July 2.

    Leach signed a one-year, two-way contract with New Jersey. Leach played four years for Providence College from 1997-01. In his years with the Friars, Leach registered six goals and 46 assists for 52 points. Prior to signing a new deal with the Devils, Leach had played for four other NHL teams, the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lighting, Montreal Canadiens, and San Jose Sharks.

    Colin McDonald signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Islanders. McDonald played for the Friars from 2003-07. He recorded 43 goals and 34 assists for 77 points with the Friars. McDonald played for two other NHL teams prior to signing his new contract, the Edmonton Oilers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. In his 2011-12 season with the Penguins, McDonald scored one goal.

    Jon Rheault played for Providence College from 2004-08. He recorded 56 goals and 49 assists for 105 points while playing with the Friars. Rheault played four years in the AHL before signing his contract with the Florida Panthers.