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Colorado Avalanche alumnus joins DU coaching staff

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Stanley Cup winner Steven Reinprecht will be serving as volunteer assistant coach.

Steven Reinprecht celebrates
Steven Reinprecht played for the Avalanche during three years of his 18-year professional career.

Former Colorado Avalanche forward and 2001 Stanley Cup winner Steven Reinprecht joined the DU Pioneers as volunteer assistant coach, newly appointed head coach David Carle announced Friday.

The 42-year-old Reinprecht will assist primarily with faceoffs, game preparation and skill development.

“I am excited to be at DU and join David Carle’s staff,” Reinprecht told the Pioneers website. “I have known for a long time that when my playing career was finished, I wanted to be a college coach. The chance to join this staff is a tremendous honor and I am excited to help the Pioneers continue their rich tradition.

Reinprecht, an Edmonton native, signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Kings directly after his All-American collegiate career at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. He joined the Avalanche in 2000, where he stayed for three seasons.

He had 40 goals and 64 assists with the Avs before playing on other NHL, European and AHL teams. Reinprecht also won gold with Canada in 2003 at the IIHF Championships in Finland. He spent the last six seasons playing for the Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Nuremberg, Germany finishing last season on a line with former Avalanche forward John Mitchell.

Now, with his playing career behind him, Reinprecht looks to make the transition to coaching, starting in a great spot with DU.

“We are thrilled to add Steven to our staff,” Carle told DU’s website. “First and foremost, he is a great person. On the hockey side, he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from his playing career that will be invaluable to our staff and to our players.”

The Pioneers finished 23-10-8 last season with a total of 135 goals. Their first game of the 2018-19 season is slated for November 2 against Western Michigan at Magness Arena.