Capitals assistant coach Reid Cashman will be leaving Washington to become the head coach at Dartmouth, the Caps announced Monday. The news was first reported by ESPN's John Buccigross.
Sources indicate @Capitals assistant Reid Cashman has emerged as favorite to get Dartmouth Hockey Head Coaching job. Announcement should be soon. He would be a great hire. Cashman was an excellent player and coach at Quinnipiac pic.twitter.com/srx4e3cthd— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) June 1, 2020
"The Washington Capitals congratulate Reid Cashman on being named the head coach of Dartmouth College men’s hockey team," a statement from the team read. "We appreciate his tireless work ethic and contributions to the organization over the past four seasons, both with the Capitals and the Hershey Bears, working with the organization’s defensemen. Cashman will remain in his capacity as an assistant coach for the remainder of the season before joining Dartmouth."
The 2019-20 season was Cashman's second behind the bench in Washington where he coached primarily the team's defensemen. After his playing career, Cashman returned to his alma mater, Quinnipiac, as an assistant coach for three seasons and an additional two as associate coach. He then was hired in Hershey as an assistant coach for two years before joining Todd Reirden's staff in Washington.
Cashman had some big shoes to fill by when he came to Washington as he, ironically enough, had to replace Reirden as the team's defensive coach. Reirden had helped coach the defense to a Stanley Cup as a member of Barry Trotz's staff in 2018. Washington's goals against per game in the last two seasons was 3.02 and 3.07, both of which were higher than any of the four seasons with Reirden coaching the defense under Trotz.
Cashman will remain with the Caps through the 2020 postseason, according to the team's statement.
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