WAKEFIELD, Mass.David Lassonde (Durham, N.H.), the Associate Head Coach of the University of New Hampshire men’s hockey team, was named the 11th recipient of the Terry Flanagan Award, which was announced by the American Hockey Coaches Association Executive Director Joe Bertagna on Tuesday afternoon.
    The award is named in the memory of Terry Flanagan, a former Wildcat player and an assistant coach at Bowling Green University. The award is given annually to an assistant coach that has a superior body of work in his coaching career. Other notable Hockey East winners include Grant Standbrook of Maine and Brian Durocher, a former assistant with Boston University and Stu Irving of Merrimack. Last year’s recipient was Bill Powers of Michigan.
    “We are happy that David’s efforts were recognized by the AHCA for his hard work, commitment and dedication to college hockey, in particular with the Wildcat hockey program,” said UNH head coach Dick Umile.
    Lassonde currently is primarily responsible for coaching the Wildcat defense and goaltenders. Coach Lassonde, who began his collegiate coaching career with the Wildcats in 1988, is in his 10th consecutive season and 13th overall at UNH. He served as an assistant coach with Jeff Sauer at Wisconsin from 1991-1994 and with Mark Mazzoleni at Miami-Ohio from 1994-1997.
    “David is a quality individual who is an outstanding coach in the college hockey community,” said former Wisconsin head coach Jeff Sauer. “He is an outstanding young coach who knows the game, is an excellent teacher and student of the game. This award is deserved and in the true state of the legacy of Terry Flanagan.”
    In his coaching career, he has helped teams to five Frozen Fours and 12 NCAA Tournament appearances.
    In addition to his college work, Lassonde has been active with USA Hockey through summer festivals as well as serving on the staff of the Under-18 Team at the 2005 World Junior Cup in Slovakia. Lassonde is active in the summer months directing a camp at UNH and working Stan Mikita’s School for the Hearing Impaired in Chicago.
    He is a 1984 graduate of Providence College earning his degree in history education. He was a goalie on the Friars from 1981-1983 under coach Lou Lamoriello.
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