Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Matt Laatsch Named Assistant Coach In AHL

(left) Matt Laatsch will be an assistant coach with a new team next season next season

From: Hockey

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named Gord Dineen head coach of the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the Ducks named DU Alum Matt Laatsch assistant coach at Iowa.

Laatsch, 28 (8/19/80), served as one of two assistant coaches in Portland last season, where the team advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals of the Calder Cup Playoffs. Prior to joining the Ducks organization, Laatsch was an assistant coach at the University of Denver during the 2006-07 season. Laatsch was a member of both University of Denver teams that won back-to-back NCAA National Championships in 2004 and 2005.

Gord Dineen is the brother of former DU players Shawn & Kevin Dineen.


Twister said...

Is it just me or does Laatsch seem to be on the fast track to coaching success? He is obviously highly thought of.

du78 said...

Getting hooked up with the Dineens is a huge plus. Last year Matt worked for Kevin and Gordie was another one of the assistants. Besides both Dineens having NHL careers, their father, Bill, was a great coach and I am sure some of his style rubbed off on his sons. Matt has been able to absorb from Gwoz and the Dineens which is a very strong foundation for coaching.

Chick Magness said...

Matt is an amazing young man. Dedicated and hard working always . Congratulations to Matt and kudos to the organization for recognition of his talents .

Stylecoach said...

I'm always watching Laatsch he is really a very nice coach.