Lassonde Once Again Tabbed to be Part of Team USA Staff at World Junior Championships

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HANOVER, N.H. – USA Hockey announced the assistant coaches who will join head coach Scott Sandelin on the bench at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championships Ostrava and Trinec, Czech Republic, in late December and early January.
 
For the second straight year and the fourth time overall, Dartmouth associate head coach David Lassonde was tabbed to serve on the Americans’ staff.
 
“It’s always an honor to represent your country and once again I am very grateful to be part of one of hockey’s great championships and am especially excited to work with the staff coach Sandelin and USA hockey have assembled,” Lassonde said. “The talent level at the World Juniors is extremely high, and I am looking forward to working with some of our nation’s best young players as we look to once again position ourselves to take a run at gold in the Czech Republic.”
 
Lassonde was one of four assistant coaches named to the US National Junior Team staff on Wednesday, joining Steve Miller (associate head coach for Ohio State), Jerry Keefe (associate head coach for Northeastern) and Brett Larson (head coach of St. Cloud State).
 
Lassonde was an assistant on last year’s staff alongside Miller, Keefe and Sandelin, who has since been named the head coach after guiding his Minnesota Duluth team to its second straight national title and its third in nine years under his leadership.
 
As part of the staff at the 2019 WJC, Lassonde helped guide the Americans to a silver medal. He was also an assistant during the 2013 tournament that saw Team USA claim gold in Ufa, Russia.
 
No stranger to working with USA Hockey, Lassonde has also been a part of a gold medal at the 2017 World Deaf Ice Hockey Championship and the US Under-18 Select Team’s second-place finish at the 2016 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
 
The 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place from Dec. 26, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020. The United States enters the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship having medaled in four straight tournaments for the first time in US history after earning gold in 2017, silver in 2019 and bronze in both 2018 and 2016. All games will be carried on the NHL Network.

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