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Lassonde Leaves Denver Staff

CHN Staff Report

DENVER — Denver assistant coach David Lassonde has decided to step down to pursue coaching opportunities closer to his family.

Lassonde spent three seasons on the Denver coaching staff and recently completed his 26th overall season as a collegiate coach.

“Denver Hockey is losing an outstanding coach today but we support his decision to be closer to family,” DU head 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.”

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 IIHF World U20 Championship 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.”

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