St. Cloud State
Sr. | F | Maple Grove, Minn.
described by his coach as a "rat terrier type,"
led the Huskies offensively last season.
Statistics: Led the Huskies offensively with 27 points
(16 goals, 11 assists); led the team in power play goals (4)
and shorthanded goals (3); Notched 15 points in one 13-game
stretch last season; Named to All-Tournament team in the Dunkin’
Donuts Coffee Pot.
He Does: Without imposing size (he’s listed
at 5-8, but has bulked up to nearly 200) Iannazzo says he
instead relies on his skates and his smarts to get into positions
“where good things happen.” Coming off a breakout
junior season and a solid summer of training, Iannazzo will
be called upon to lead a team that limped to the finish last
year, losing their last seven games. On a roster filled with
more question marks than exclamation points, fans in the Granite
City are hopeful that Iannazzo’s junior season success
will be part of the bedrock their team can build on this time
Bigger Picture: The Huskies scored just 113 goals
last season – their worst offensive output since moving
up to D-I in 1987. So despite the fact that Iannazzo doubled
his sophomore season point total last year, his coach expects
even more this time around. Iannazzo has spent the summer
getting stronger and is prepared to spend his senior year
making plays and taking abuse in front of the opponents’
net – a place he calls “bloody nose alley.”
Cloud State coach Craig Dahl on Iannazzo: “Dave’s
game is best served by the rat terrier type of play in front
of the net, where he kind of bites onto your leg and starts
shaking and won’t let go. He’s effective when
he gets in there where the goals are scored.”