Ex-Winterhawk didn't stay retired for long; now he coaches youth hockey

TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Paul Gaustad wants to give back to the youth hockey community that helped him have a long pro career.When he decided that 14 years in professional hockey were enough, Paul Gaustad had a simple plan:

"My whole goal this year was to basically relax," he says. "Be a father. Relax. Do things like I haven't been able to do — like go skiing."

That plan lasted all of a couple of months.

When stepson Phillip Lamancusa's hockey team found itself without a coach, Gaustad stepped forward.

So, instead of battling the best players in the world, Gaustad is preparing teenagers for hockey games and life beyond high school. The former Portland Winterhawks and NHL star from Beaverton, who retired in September, is trying to learn more about the world of youth hockey that once provided the foundation for his career.

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