Josh Ciocco, a 38-year-old assistant hockey coach at Merrimack College, passed away unexpectedly.
On Tuesday, October 4, it was officially announced that the former UNH hockey captain, who played the sport for many years before turning pro, had passed away.
Fans and other hockey players have paid tribute to Ciocco on Twitter by sharing heartfelt messages.
Merrimack announces Josh Ciocco’s death at 38
Josh Ciocco, an assistant hockey coach for Merrimack, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 38, according to a statement from Merrimack College Athletics.
The community of Merrimack and the men’s hockey team are devastated by the passing of assistant coach Josh Ciocco, according to the statement.
Josh, who was starting his fifth season with the Warriors, worked tirelessly to find outstanding and committed student-athletes for Merrimack and was as passionate about his commitment to helping them realise their full potential as coaches.
As of the time of writing, neither a cause of death nor an exact time had been disclosed.
His education and career
For the previous four seasons, Ciocco served as an assistant coach at Merrimack College. From 2013 to 2014, he worked as Alaska-assistant Anchorage’s coach.
He played for the Spruce Kings from 2000 to 2002 before to his coaching positions. After playing for the Silverbacks in 2002–2003, Ciocco transferred to the University of New Hampshire to pursue a political science degree.
From 2003 to 2007, he played for the university’s college squad for four seasons. From 2006 to 2007, he was a member of Wheeling and Fresno. He has also played for Salmon Arm and Vernon.
Since the 2018–19 season, Ciocco had served as Merrimack College’s assistant coach.
Tributes to Josh Ciocco
Josh Ciocco’s passing is being lamented by the hockey world, and many people who knew the player and coach have sent heartfelt eulogies on social media.
“I am deeply saddened to read of the demise of my former teammate Josh Ciocco this morning at the age of 38. He left us much too soon,” wrote Matt Quinn. I wish to send Josh’s family and friends my sympathy. He’ll be sorely missed.
“My heart is with all of my Merrimack family today as they grieve the passing of Coach Ciocco,” tweeted Liam Walsh. He was a special friend, coach, and mentor. Please remember Josh and his friends and family in your prayers.
I was very saddened to learn this morning that Merrimack assistant coach Josh Ciocco passed away abruptly yesterday at the age of 38, said Mike McMahon in another tribute. My thoughts are with Josh’s family and the Merrimack and UNH hockey programmes, where he played, as well as his hockey family.
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