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 a solid campaign as a junior at the University of Denver. Selected as one of the team’s tri-captains, He tallied 10 goals with 10 assists in 34 games and was +5 with 43 penalty minutes while being deployed in a shutdown role. Denver finished sixth in the first-year NCHC but defeated fellow upstart Miami (which finished last in the regular season) in the conference championship game; earning an NCAA berth. Larraza scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period in the NCHC championship game. Denver lost to Boston College, 6-2, in the Northeast Regional semifinals.
2014-15: Larraza skated in 38 of 40 games for Denver in his senior season. He matched his career high from his sophomore year with 12 goals and was -2 with 8 assists and 14 penalty minutes. Six of his 12 goals were scored on the power play. The Pioneers finished fourth in the NCHC, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after defeating North Dakota, 5-1 in the NCHC third-place game. The Pioneers topped Boston College, 5-2, in the semifinals before a 4-1 loss to eventual national champion Providence in the East Regional final. Larrraza was not signed by the Coyotes to an entry-level contract — becoming an unrestricted free agent.
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. He has a quick release and a hard shot.
Larraza was invited to skate for the Florida Panthers' rookie team and will attend training camp as a free agent looking to earn an entry-level contract. As with many late round picks, he faces long odds in one day reaching the NHL and will likely start his pro career at either the AHL or ECHL level in 2015-16. In terms of his long term potential, he projects as a physical two-way forward with limited scoring ability who is willing to do all of the little jobs necessary to help his team win.