The news of Josh Ciocco’s passing has sent the world of hockey into a state of disbelief. Josh’s influence was far-reaching because he was an outstanding player as well as a coach who had a lot of expertise under his belt. Even during his own time on the ice, the Vernon Vipers were better off because he was a member of the team because of the contributions he made.
Unfortunately, Josh departed away at the young age of 38, leaving behind a vacuum in the sport of hockey that will most likely be difficult to fill. Let’s go over all of the known information as it stands right now and unpack it.
What Was the Reason of Hockey Player Josh Ciocco Death?
The demise of Josh was reported on October 4, 2022, and as of the time this article was written, the official cause of death has not been disclosed. The news of Josh’s passing was confirmed in an official statement that was published on the website of the Merrimack College Athletics Department.
In the post it says, “The Merrimack community and men’s hockey programme are deeply saddened by the passing of assistant coach, Josh Ciocco. Josh was entering his fifth season with the Warriors and was tireless in recruiting talented and dedicated student-athletes to Merrimack, and equally passionate in his commitment to coaching them to reach their greatest potential.”
The Vernon Vipers, for whom Josh had played, have issued yet another statement.
“The Vernon Vipers are extremely saddened to learn of the passing of former Viper Josh Ciocco! We want to pass our condolences along to Josh’s family and friends as well as Merrimack College where he was an assistant coach,” they shared.
Honor and Respect for Josh Ciocco
The hockey world is in mourning following the passing of Josh Ciocco, and many people who knew the hockey player and coach have written heartfelt memories on various social media platforms.
Matt Quinn expressed his profound grief: “I am extremely saddened to learn of the passing of my former teammate Josh Ciocco this morning at the age of 38 years old, gone too soon. I want to pass my condolences along to Josh’s family and friends. He will be missed.”
Liam Walsh expressed his sadness over the passing of Coach Ciocco in a tweet, writing, “My heart is with all of my Merrimack family today in mourning the loss of Coach Ciocco. He was a special coach, mentor and friend. Please keep Josh and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”
Another tribute was written by Mike McMahon, who said, “Very sorry to hear this morning that Merrimack assistant coach Josh Ciocco passed away suddenly yesterday at the age of 38. My thoughts are with Josh’s family, as well as his hockey family within the Merrimack and UNH programs where he was an alum.”
Early Life and Career
Over the course of the previous four seasons, Ciocco had been employed at Merrimack College in the capacity of an assistant coach. Prior to that, he spent the years 2013 and 2014 working as an assistant coach at Alaska-Anchorage.
Before he began his career in coaching, he spent the years 2000 to 2002 playing for the Spruce Kings. After that, Ciocco was a member of the Silverbacks and played for them for the season of 2002–2003. After that, he enrolled at the University of New Hampshire to study political science.
He played collegiate basketball for the university from 2003 until 2007, during which time he participated in the seasons for both Wheeling and Fresno (2006-07 and 2007-08, respectively). Additionally, he has played for the Vernon and Salmon Arm teams.
Since the 2018–19 season, Ciocco had been working as an assistant coach for the Merrimack College men’s basketball team.