2008-09: Zac Larraza scored 11 goals with 8 assists and 8 PMs in 26 games for the Arizona-based P.F. Chang’s Tier One junior team.
2009-10: Larraza played for the U.S. NTDP junior squad that competed in the USHL. In 30 games for that team, he scored 6 goals and added 5 assists for 11 points. Larazza played in 50 games for the U-17 national squad, scoring 8 goals and adding 8 assists for 17 points. Larazza played for the USA’s gold medal team at the 2010 World U-17 Hockey Challenge, picking up 1 assist in 6 games.
2010-11: Larazza again played for the U.S. NTDP team that played in the USHL. In 24 games, he scored 6 goals and added 3 assists for 9 points. Larazza played for the USA at the 2011 U-18 World Junior Championship, scoring 1 goal and adding 4 assists for 5 points in 6 games for the gold medal squad. Larazza has committed to the University of Denver.
2011-12: Larraza skated in 26 games for the University of Denver as a freshman – missing time due to a concussion and seeing limited time in a fourth line role for the high-scoring Pioneers. His only goal of the season was a memorable one – coming in double overtime against Minnesota-Duluth in the WCHA Final Five semifinals. Larraza had 4 assists and was an even plus/minus with 12 penalty minutes for the season. Denver reached the WCHA championship game after finishing third in the regular season and also received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.
2012-13: Larraza played in 36 of 39 games for the University of Denver as a sophomore. Skating on the Pioneers second line with senior Shawn Ostrow and sophomore Ty Loney, he scored 12 goals with 9 assists and was +12 with 48 penalty minutes. Denver finished tied for fourth in the WCHA, receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament despite losing to Colorado College in a three-game WCHA playoff series, and lost to New Hampshire, 5-2, in the NCAA Northeast Regional.
2013-14: Larraza had another solid campaign as a Junior at the University of Denver. Despite being only a junior, Larraza was selected as one of the teams tri-captains. He tallied 20 points in 34 games while being deployed in a shutdown role. Despite a mediocre regular season, the Pioneers, the Pioneers won the NCHC Tournament. In the Championship game against Miami of Ohio, Larraza scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period.
Larraza is a strong winger who is good on the boards and likes to use his size to his advantage in all areas of the ice. Has a quick release and a hard shot.
Arizona’s homegrown prospect will return to Denver for his final season of college hockey. He will serve as Captain for a Pioneers team that has a opportunity to return to the NCAA Tournament and hopes to make some noise. Head Coach Jim Montgomery is sure to lean on Larraza’s leadership and disciplined approach in high leverage situations.