The Rogers Royals boys hockey team have hired Jake Parenteau as an Assistant Coach for the 2019-2020 hockey season. Parenteau joins new head coach, Dave Brown, as a varsity assistant leading the defensemen.
“We are most excited about Parenteau’s high character. He had an amazing journey as a hockey player and he will be a tremendous leader for our young men in the Rogers community," Brown said.
Parenteau played for the Alaska Avalanche in the NAHL, and was leading the league in scoring among defensemen when he committed to the Minnesota Gophers as a 20-year old. Parenteau’s dad, Tom, also played for the Gophers, fulfilling a lifelong dream of Jake’s hockey career.
Parenteau was a 2010 NAHL Player of the Year candidate.
He played four seasons with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, including two Frozen Four appearances in 2012 and 2014. After playing for the Gophers, he went on to play professional hockey for the Iowa Wild and the Orlando Solar Bears before retiring.
In the past, Parenteau helped Chisago Lakes Youth Hockey Association and was the 2014 Donald M. Clark Community Service Award winner. The Chisago Lakes Hockey Association also awards the “Jake Parenteau Award” each season to a Chisago Lakes high school player.
All in all, Brown believes Parenteau possesses the experience, as well as all the traits that he's looking for in a coach.
“Candidates must exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice. Candidates must contribute to the integrity of the team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should also be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship,” Brown said. "The future of the Royals hockey program is culture driven and Parenteau’s character, leadership and experience are a huge addition to the team."