SHENZHEN, CHINA – Mike LaZazzera of Agawam, Massachusetts has joined the coaching staff of the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).
LaZazzera, whose 32-year coaching career consists of high school, college, junior and professional hockey, will join new head coach Bob Deraney’s staff for the 2018-19 season. “I am very excited to welcome Mike to our coaching staff. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our organization having coached and held various roles at all levels of hockey. He is versatile and experienced in developing forwards and defenseman and is well versed in all phases of the game. Mike is a great addition to our staff and is as excited as I am to get started,” said Deraney.
Last season, LaZazzera served as head coach of the Springfield Pics of the US Premier Hockey league. He has also acted as head coach for the Winston Salem T-Birds (SPHL), Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL), Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL), Springfield College and Agawam High School (Massachusetts MIAA Division I). He is an experienced assistant coach, having worked for the Portland Pirates (AHL), Phoenix Roadrunners (IHL), Tallahassee Tiger Sharks (ECHL), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL), Reading Royals (ECHL), Greensboro Monarchs (ECHL), University of Maine (Hockey East) and Plymouth Whalers (OHL). In 2006, LaZazzera spent two years with the New York Islanders as the video coach under NHL Jack Adams winners Ted Nolan and current Las Vegas Knights head coach Gerard Gallant.
“I would like to thank the Kunlun Red Star for this opportunity and believing in me and my ability to work within this great organization,” LaZazzera said. “It is a tremendous honor to be a part of the Kunlun Red Star family and work side by side with Bob Deraney and Rob Morgan. I am looking forward to this new challenge in my life and couldn’t be happier taking this journey with Bob.”
LaZazzera has Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Education in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College and is currently a PhD Candidate in Sport & Exercise Psychology.