|Position:||Associate Head Coach|
David Lassonde joined the Dartmouth men's hockey coaching staff for the 2014-15 season and helped the Big Green toa 17-12-4 record in his first season. Lassonde will serve as associate head coach on Bob Gaudet's staff.
In 2014-15 with Lassonde on the Big Green's bench, Dartmouth finished tied for fourth in the ECAC Hockey standings and was second in the Ivy League, just one point back of first-place Yale.
The Rochester, New Hampshire, native brings with him to Dartmouth an impressive résumé in college which includes 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament with five appearances in the Frozen Four, three conference tournament titles and six regular-season championships in addition to working with 10 players who were named Hobey Baker Finalists.
In his most recent job prior to Dartmouth, Lassonde helped lead Denver to the NCHC Tournament Championship in the league’s inaugural season and a berth in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Additionally, under Lassonde’s tutelage, senior goaltender Sam Brittain was named a 2013-14 West First-Team All-American for his play between the pipes for the Pioneers.
In 2012-13, while still at Denver, Lassonde also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team that captured the Gold Medal at the 2013 IIHF World U20 Championship in Ufa, Russia. In that time, Lassonde coached American netminder John Gibson — now with the Anaheim Ducks — helping him earn the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award.
Prior to his time in Denver (2011-14), Lassonde was on staff at the University of New Hampshire as an assistant (1988-1991/1997-2002) and associate head coach (2002-11). Between his two stints with the Wildcats, Lassonde spent three seasons at both Wisconsin (1991-94) and Miami (Ohio) University (1994-97).
The American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) recognized Lassonde with the Terry Flanagan Award in 2007. The honor is presented annually to an assistant coach that has demonstrated a superior body of work throughout his career.
A 1984 cum laude graduate from Providence College, he played goalie for the Friars under current New Jersey Devils President and hockey legend Lou Lamoriello from 1981-83.
At Dartmouth, Lassonde will work closely with the Big Green’s forwards and power-play units as well as the team’s goalies. He will begin work in Hanover in late June.
THE LASSONDE FILE
- Gold Medal with 2013 USA Hockey World Junior Team
- 5 Frozen Fours
- 3 National Championship Games
- 20 NCAA Tournaments
- 20 seasons with 20 or more wins
- 3 League Championships
- 6 Regular Season Championships
- Staff of the Year Award (1999/UNH) American Hockey Coaches Association
- Terry Flanagan Award (2007) - American Hockey Coaches Association
- 10 Hobey Baker Finalists
- 32 All Americans
- 8 Conference Players of the Year
- 1 USA Hockey Player of the Year
- 1 National Rookie of the Year
- 5 Conference Rookies of the Year