Jr. | F | Trenton, Mich.
was joined in Hockey East last season by his twin brother,
Tony, now a sophomore at Providence.
Statistics: Zancanaro had 14 points as a freshman
and 17 as a sophomore, with five goals each year. He and senior
Bryan Miller are the only Terriers to appear in every game
each of the last two seasons.
He Does: Zancanaro takes pride in playing a well-rounded
game, and he can do a little bit of everything, from scoring
to penalty killing. He’s only 5-foot-5, and like some
other shorter players – say Theo Fleury, or Tyson Nash
– opponents can find that Zancanaro has a get-under-your-skin
quality. “If you’re hard to play against, the
other team is always thinking about you and where you are,”
he says. “Some people don’t react well to that.”
Bigger Picture: It’ll be a season of new beginnings
on Babcock Street, with Agganis Arena set to open Jan. 3 and
the arrival of highly-touted Chris Bourque. That's good, because
the Terriers can’t wait to put last season behind them.
Zancanaro was among a group of players who stayed on campus
all summer with an eye toward a fresh start. He expects breakout
seasons from a number of his teammates, singling out Brian
McConnell, John Laliberte and David Van der Gulik as candidates
to see a spike in production. Zancanaro is another strong
possibility to see his offensive contribution grow.
to Zancanaro: “Our team toughness was something
we lacked last year. We need to go out and be physical. We
need to be tough to play against.”