Aspen High hockey coach to lead junior Squirts
The Aspen Times
Aspen High School hockey coach Dru Lucchesi picked up a whole bunch of new players this week.
Future players, that is.
Lucchesi, in his first season as the head coach of the AHS hockey team, will expand his hockey duties with the announcement that he will take over as the new Squirts coordinator (U10) for Aspen Junior Hockey.
“A native of Aspen and Aspen Junior Hockey, Lucchesi brings a wealth of knowledge, passion and experience,” said Shaun Hathaway, director of Aspen Junior Hockey, who added that Lucchesi will take an active role in player development.
After youth hockey in Aspen, Lucchesi joined the AAA San Diego Gulls midget team in 2006.
The next year, he skated for the Colorado Thunderbirds, a AAA team.
In 2012, Lucchesi graduated from Colorado State University after playing five seasons of ACHA Division I college hockey with the Rams.
After returning to Aspen, Lucchesi served as the Aspen High School assistant coach last season.
He moved up to head coach this year.
“As the Squirt coordinator, Lucchesi will help design practice plans and support both Squirt teams and the coaching staff,” Hathaway said. “He will also take a lead role in power skating and skill development.”
He said Aspen Junior Hockey is fortunate to have the high school coach take an active role in developing young players.
“His volunteer service to help our program improve speaks volumes about his commitment and passion for the game of hockey,” Hathaway said. “From top to bottom, our program has become much stronger with his presence.”
Lucchesi and the AHS hockey team return to action Friday from the holiday break.
The Skiers (2-4-0) will travel to the Front Range for a game in Loveland against unbeaten Resurrection Christian (6-0-0). The Cougars shut out Mullen 9-0 on Monday night.
The AHS boys will travel next week for a game Wednesday at Steamboat Springs.
Then, the Skiers will return to Aspen for five consecutive home games, starting Jan. 16 against Dakota Ridge.
Columbine, Chatfield, Mullen and Standley Lake all visit Aspen in January.
Fully aware he was in the midst of the mountain bike race of his life, Aspen’s John Gaston said he “tried to not think too far ahead” to prevent the magnitude of the moment from getting to him. He eventually finished runner-up in the iconic race.
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