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ECAC Hockey: Rob Rassey Joins Harvard Staff As Assistant

Ted Donato has a new assistant as the Crimson look to return to the NCAA Tournament after a seven year hiatus.

Harvard hockey coach Ted Donato (2nd from left) has a new assistant in former Northeastern forward and Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) assistant coach Rob Rassey.
Harvard hockey coach Ted Donato (2nd from left) has a new assistant in former Northeastern forward and Youngstown Phantoms (USHL) assistant coach Rob Rassey.

Former Northeastern forward Rob Rassey has been named an assistant coach at Harvard University to replace the departed Jerry Forton, according to multiple sources. Rassey, a native of Shelby Township, Mich., played for the Huskies from 2005-2009. The second assistant position at Harvard opened up when Jerry Forton left to become an assistant with the Buffalo Sabres in the NHL.

It will be Rassey's first college coaching gig. He has been an assistant coach for the Youngstown Phantoms in the USHL for the past two seasons. Rassey will join Ted Donato's staff with fellow assistant coach Albie O'Connell. That is the connection that brought Rassey to the Cambridge Ivy League school. O'Connell was an assistant coach at Northeastern for Rassey's senior season.

Jeff Cox is a hockey reporter for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.