COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – USA Hockey announced Friday afternoon that Dartmouth associate head coach David Lassonde will serve on the coaching staff of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team.
Lassonde will join head coach David Quinn of Boston University, as well as fellow assistants Mike Hastings of Minnesota State and Ohio State’s Steve Miller on the Americans’ bench.
The U.S. National Junior Team will take part in the 2019 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018 – Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
“It’s always an honor to be asked to represent your country in any way,” Lassonde said. “I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with our nation’s top young players at an event that — outside of the Olympics — is perhaps the most highly anticipated hockey tournament in the world.”
No stranger to working with USA Hockey, this will be Lassonde’s third time with the National Junior Team after also serving as an assistant in 2013 and 2014. The Americans won the gold in 2013 when the World Juniors was held in Ufa, Russia. That year, Lassonde was instrumental in his tutelage of goaltender John Gibson, who would not only lead the U.S. to gold, but was named the tournament MVP in the process.
Additionally, Lassonde has been a part of U.S. coaching staffs that won the gold medal at the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship that took place in Buffalo as well as a silver at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in the Czech Republic.
The 2018-19 season will be Lassonde’s fifth with the Big Green. He was the 2007 recipient of the Terry Flanagan Award, presented annually by the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) to an assistant coach that has demonstrated a superior body of work throughout his career.