Jay joined the Rangers in 2015 and was named head coach of the club in May, 2016. Prior to being named head coach, he spent the 2015-16 season as an associate coach to Mike Van Ryn.
A first round draft pick in both the Ontario Hockey League and National Hockey League, Jay brings to the table more than 20 years of hockey experience as a player and a coach.
After a successful junior career spent as a member of the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves and Niagara Falls Thunder, he would go on to play 14 seasons in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins.
During his time in the NHL he competed in the Stanley Cup Final in 1999, the Eastern Conference Final three times (1998, 1999 and 2006) and was invited to Team Canada’s Olympic Camp in 2002. He was an alternate captain for the Sabres, an NHLPA Player Representative, and also nominated for the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey in 2004.
Jay was named as a member of the coaching staff for Team Canada Black at the 2015 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, and was a guest coach with the Under-18 teams as a part of the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase in August, 2015.
His foray into coaching began in 2010-11 when he volunteered his time as an assistant coach with the Niagara University Purple Eagles NCAA Division I men’s hockey team, then spent one season as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Sabres’ AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, in 2011-12. Before joining the Rangers, Jay was an assistant coach with the Erie Otters during the 2014-15 season.