Luke Gassett began his coaching career assisting head coach Matt Ocello with the St. Louis Eagles U11 CSDHL team.
Gassett played collegiately at Lindenwood University (ACHA II), where he appeared in 125 games over four years, tallying 107 points (36 G, 71 A), sitting at 12th all-time. During his time at Lindenwood, the team appeared in four straight ACHA II National Tournaments, including two Final Fours and the only National Championship game appearance in team history in 2018. Gassett was selected twice as an ACHA Academic All-American in 2020 and 2021. He played a fifth year at the University of Mississippi (CHF) while earning a Master of Accountancy. He appeared in 19 games, scoring 28 points.
As a youth, Gassett played primarily for Affton Hockey. He was a member of the 1998 Affton CSDHL team and in 2013 Gassett played on the Affton Americans U14 CSDHL team coached by Matt Ocello that won the Tier II USA Hockey National Championship. He played two more seasons for Ocello at the U18 level, earning a 3rd place U18 finish at the USA Hockey National Championships. In 2017, Gassett was the captain of the U18 AIC Prospects team, also coached by Matt Ocello.
Luke is a graduate of St. Louis University High School. He was a four-year varsity starter, playing in three Challenge Cup finals. As a senior, he captained the team that earned the program’s first Challenge Cup top overall seed in 46 years. Gassett appeared in 90 games, totaling 138 points (68 G, 70 A). In 2020, he was one of three forwards selected to the St. Louis Post Dispatch 1st Team All-Decade.
“Growing up and playing at Affton, I know the tradition and pride around the Jr. Blues program. It is an honor to be involved with such an historic team and help players achieve their goals,” Gassett said about his new position with the Jr. Blues.
“Luke will be a great asset to the St. Louis Jr. Blues Program. Growing up as a player with Affton Youth Hockey, Luke is very familiar with the program and understands the types of players that we are looking to add to our team. He understands the expectations that we have for our players both on-ice and off-ice,” said Ocello.