David Lassonde to coach 2022 U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey Team
January 31, 2022
David Lassonde is serving as goaltending coach for the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team, marking his first assignment as an Olympic assistant coach.
USA Hockey’s national goaltending coach, Lassonde has served as an assistant coach in support of U.S. teams on the international stage on multiple occasions, most recently with the U.S. National Under-18 Team at the 2021 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.
He has been part of the coaching staff of three U.S. National Junior Teams, including in
2020, for the silver medal-winning 2019 squad and also the gold medal-winning 2013 team.
In addition, Lassonde also helped lead the U.S. Under-17 Men’s Select Team to the championship of the 2015 Five Nations Cup, and the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team to a second-place finish at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup.
Lassonde has also worked with Team USA at the World Deaf Ice Hockey Championships, winning a gold medal in 2017.
Prior to joining USA Hockey full-time, he spent more than three decades as an NCAA Division I men’s hockey coach, including stops at Dartmouth College, University of Denver, University of New Hampshire, Miami University, and the University of Wisconsin. His resume includes 20 trips to the NCAA Tournament with five appearances in the Frozen Four, three conference tournament titles and six regular-season championships. He has coached numerous All-American goaltenders over his career, including the likes of Ty Conklin, Mike Ayers, Sam Brittain and Kevin Regan.
While at New Hampshire, the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) recognized Lassonde with the Terry Flanagan Award in 2007, an honor presented annually to an assistant coach that has demonstrated a superior body of work throughout his career.
Lassonde spent two seasons (1981-83) as a goaltender for Providence College under legendary head coach Lou Lamoriello before graduating cum laude in 1984.