HANOVER, N.H. – Dartmouth Men’s Hockey Head Coach Bob Gaudet ’81 has announced that David Lassonde will join his staff for the 2014-15 season.
Lassonde will serve as associate head coach, filling the role of departing Dave Peters who leaves to take over as the new Head Coach for the Selects Academy at the South Kent School in Connecticut.
"I am very pleased to have David join our staff and am excited to welcome him to the Dartmouth hockey family." Gaudet said. "David brings a wealth of experience and a passion for the game that I know will be major assets to our program.
“I have worked with David over the years in numerous hockey clinics and festivals, and have always admired and respected his work ethic, knowledge of the game, eye for talent and coaching ability," Gaudet added.
The Rochester, N.H., 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.
Most recently, 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.
“I would like to thank Coach Gaudet and the entire Dartmouth athletic administration for giving me the opportunity to return to the Granite State and practice my labor of love,” Lassonde said. “During my recent visit to Hanover, I was very impressed with the culture Coach Gaudet, Peters and John Rose have created around the hockey program, and I am grateful for the opportunity to become part of, and contribute to, the tradition of Big Green Hockey.
“Competition in ECAC Hockey has never been greater and I welcome the challenges of working in the league and at my first Ivy League institution,” Lassonde continued. “I am excited about this new chapter in my coaching career and ready to begin the work of helping the program, and its players, realize their goals, both on and off the ice.”
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