GREEN BAY, Wisc. Brasher Falls native Derek Lalonde made the most of his first hockey head coaching opportunity, guiding the Green Bay Gamblers to the championship of the U.S. Hockey League Wednesday with a 5-2 win over the Waterloo Black Hawks.
The U.S. Hockey League is the premier junior hockey league in the country and sends several players each year to NCAA Division I hockey.
Lalonde spent the past five seasons as an assistant at the University of Denver and applied for the Clarkson University coaching job last spring. He took the Gamblers job a few months later.
Green Bay set several franchise records in Lalondes first year, including reguar-season wins (47), road wins (25) and points (98).
A graduate of SUNY Cortland, Lalonde also has worked as an assistant at Ferris State, Lebanon Valley College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.