Sr. | F | Richmond Hill, Ontario
Key Statistics: Iuorio has an opportunity to join Niagara’s 100-point club with a good showing during his senior year and if he can manage to stay healthy – he’s missed 20 collegiate games due to injury (shoulder, knee, high ankle sprain), including six last season. In 88 career games he has 24 goals, 44 assists and 68 points. Niagara coach Dave Burkholder is convinced Iuorio would have won his team’s scoring title outright if he stayed healthy. As a junior, he produced 10 goals and 24 points, evenly splitting 18 points in league play. His previous career high was nine goals as a sophomore with a whopping 24 assists. His rookie year netted five goals and 11 points. Iuorio played with the Markham Waxers in the Ontario junior circuit, posting 51 goals and 119 points in 104 career games. During his final year in juniors (2008-09) he posted 28 goals, 41 assists and was named to the OPJHL Central Division all-star team.
What He Does: Iuorio is penciled in as a left winger but he can play any position up front. He understands the game well and is able to make plays. A top-six forward, Iuorio played the right point on the power play, taking the opportunity to unleash his above-average shot. He also spent a lot of time playing with Marc Zanette on the penalty kill. As dependable as he is on offense, Iuorio does not forget his defensive duties.
The Bigger Picture: Iuorio is well-respected by his teammates, and this season he moves up from assistant to top captain. Burkholder believes Iuorio has a shot at playing professionally in North America and certainly in Europe.
Niagara coach Dave Burkholder on Iuorio: “We are all hoping he’s going to have an injury free season and have a career-best year. He has a lot of Mojo in the locker room. When he speaks, people listen.”