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Denver assistant leaves program

Published: April 8, 2014, 5:00 pm, by Joe Paisley

lassonde mugDenver assistant David Lassonde resigned from the Pioneer staff to pursue coaching opportunities closer to his family in New Hampshire.

Lassonde spent three seasons at Denver and recently completed his 26th season as a college coach.  He assisted with all aspects of the Pioneer program including practice and game management, goaltending, recruiting and video breakdown.

“Denver hockey is losing an outstanding coach today but we support his decision to be closer to family,” DU coach Jim Montgomery said.  “Coach Lassonde was a big part of Denver Hockey and our success during his tenure at DU.  He led our outstanding penalty kill unit this season and developed NCHC Goalie of the Year Sam Brittain and All-American Juho Olkinuora. He will be sorely missed, but family must always come first in life.”

Lassonde was also an assistant on the staff for the 2012-13 U.S. National Junior Team, which captured the gold medal at the 2013 world junior championships in Russia. He was also part to the U.S. National Junior Team coaching staff in 2013-14.

“For the past three years I have enjoyed being associated with one of the nation’s top college hockey programs and will be forever grateful for the opportunity George Gwozdecky and Steve Miller gave me to come to Denver and practice my labor of love,” Lassonde said.  “I also want to thank Jim Montgomery for giving me the opportunity to remain at Denver with our year together culminating in winning the NCHC Championship.  It will always be a special memory of my time as a Pioneer.”

“Finally, I want to express my thanks to all the current and past players I have had the pleasure of coaching at Denver,” Lassonde said.  “One of the big reasons why we enter this profession is to have the opportunity to work with young men and watch them grow as people and athletes.  It is what drives us to do what we do and I am grateful to them for making my time at Denver such a rewarding one.”

His final day is April 30.