Dartmouth chooses NHL assistant as next men’s hockey coach

  • Reid Cashman

  • Quinnipiac University assistant men's hockey coach Reid Cashman talks to a Bobcat player in an undated photograph. Cashman was named Dartmouth College's new men's hockey coach on Monday, June 1, 2020. Courtesy Dartmouth sports information—© John Hassett 2014

  • Quinnipiac University assistant men's hockey coach Reid Cashman in an undated photograph. Dartmouth College named Cashman its new men's hockey coach on Monday, June 1, 2020. Courtesy Dartmouth sports information—RESTRICTED RIGHTS - Limited,...

  • Washington Capitals assistant coach Reid Cashman in an undated photograph. Dartmouth College named Cashman its new men's hockey coach on Monday, June 1, 2020. Courtesy Dartmouth sports information—

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/1/2020 4:41:31 PM
Modified: 6/1/2020 9:57:03 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College has reached into the professional ranks for its next men’s hockey coach.

Reid Cashman was named the Big Green’s new coach in a news release on Monday afternoon. Cashman, a Quinnipiac University graduate and former assistant coach with the Bobcats, arrives in Hanover following a four-year stint as an assistant in the Washington Capitals’ organization. The Dartmouth job is Cashman’s first as a head coach.

He takes over for Bob Gaudet, who announced his retirement in April. Gaudet, a former Dartmouth goaltender, won a program-record 331 games in 23 years with the Big Green.

A native of Red Wing, Minn., the 37-year-old Cashman is a 2007 graduate of Quinnipiac, where he was an All-American, a first-team all-ECAC Hockey selection and a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top college hockey player in the country. He returned to his alma mater to coach in 2011, helping the Bobcats to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2013 and ’16 before entering the professional ranks.

“I feel like I have been given the opportunity of a lifetime to be the head coach of the Dartmouth men’s hockey program,” Cashman said in the news release. “For 114 years, Dartmouth has competed at the highest level and has produced Olympians, All-Americans and NHL players. Along with the great history on the ice, Dartmouth College has been one of the finest institutions in the world for more than 250 years. It is truly an honor to be given this prestigious opportunity.”

Cashman will have to complete his season with the Capitals before moving north. The NHL remains on hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic, with plans for a 24-team postseason that could start in at least two centralized locations without fans later this month, concluding in July. He has been responsible for the Caps’ defense as an assistant there.

According to the website College Hockey News, Cashman was one of five finalists for the Dartmouth vacancy. That list included former Big Green defenseman Ben Lovejoy, who worked as a volunteer assistant for Gaudet last winter, his first as a coach after retiring from an 11-year NHL playing career. Cashman and Lovejoy were teammates for the 2008-09 season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Penguins of the American Hockey League.

Cashman played 151 games at Quinnipiac, his last two seasons coinciding with the program’s first two in ECAC Hockey following a move from the Atlantic Hockey Association.

After bouncing around the minor leagues and Europe as a player, Cashman came back to the Bobcats to begin his coaching career.

He joined the Capitals as an assistant with the AHL Hershey Bears in 2016, then moved up to the parent club in 2018.

“Reid’s professionalism, passion and purpose were evident to all who engaged with him,” Dartmouth athletic director Harry Sheehy said in the release. “Our department, players and alumni were all struck by his excitement and vision for the program. Personally, I was impressed by his track record of success in both recruiting and player development.

“Additionally, Reid possesses a great appreciation for the history and tradition of men’s hockey at Dartmouth. He is a terrific fit for Dartmouth, and I could not be more excited for the future.”

Dartmouth went 13-14-4 overall and 10-10-2 in league play last winter, earning home ice in the opening round of the ECAC tournament. Princeton ousted the Big Green in an upset with back-to-back overtime wins at Thompson Arena.

Nine players graduated and Dartmouth’s most talented prospect, sophomore forward and leading scorer Drew O’Connor, signed a free-agent contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Cashman will be formally introduced during a online news conference on Tuesday afternoon.

Greg Fennell can be reached at gfennell@vnews.com or 603-727-3226.

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