Ray Pigozzi Commits To University of Denver

Ray Pigozzi
Ray Pigozzi (5'11 174 lbs. Evanston, IL.) committed to DU this week according to Heisenberg's Website.  Pigozzi was one of the youngest players in the USHL last season at 16 years old.
Pigozzi had been linked to Michigan, Wisconsin, and most notably New Hampshire on various recruiting websites.  David Lassonde's move from UNH to DU may have been the factor for the young left winger, but certainly DU was watching Pigozzi in the USHL last season.
Pigozzi will arrive at DU in 2013, after spending the next two seasons in the USHL with Des Moines.  He is described as a physical forward who's not afraid to mix things up.

Last season he appeared in 51 games for Des Moines and recorded 6 goals and 12 assists. He played his midget hockey with the Chicago Mission where he was a member of their Under-16 national championship team.
2011 Recruiting Class
D Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
F Zac Larraza (U.S. Under-18)
D Joey LaLeggia (Penticton Vees, BCHL)
F Larkin Jacobson (Janesville Jets, NAHL)
D-F Wade Bennett (Wichita Falls, NAHL)
F Matt Tabrum (Omaha, USHL)
D Josiah Didier (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Daniel Doremus (Sioux Falls, USHL)
G Juho Olkinuora (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Ty Loney (Youngstown, USHL)

2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL)
D Dakota Mermis (U.S. Under-18)
D Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL)
F Garrett Allen (Unknown)
D Nolan Zajac (Cedar Rapids, USHL)

2013 Recruiting Class
F Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL)
F Landon Smith (Cedar Rapids, USHL)
F Connor Chatham (U.S. Under-17)
D Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-17)
F Ray Pigozzi (Des Moines, USHL)

2014 Recruiting Class
F Jared Fiegl (Colorado Rampage, U-16)


Anonymous said...

With a name like Pigozzi, you know he's tough.

Welcome to Denver, Ray.

He'll love Mustard's Last Stand in Denver - it's just like the one in Evanston, Ill. - his hometown.

dusince59 said...

Good start for the new assistant coach!

Anonymous said...

Boone is apparently now an official mascot.

What a long road it's been, hat's off to DG et al.

C-H-C said...

With all due respect to Coach Lassonde, who did a terrific job at UNH, he probably was not a factor in Pigozzi's decision. Lassonde's involvement in recruiting was primarily for goalies. As a forward, Pigozzi probably had the most contact with UNH's Coach Borek (who coaches the offense and powerplay). Best of luck to both.

Anonymous said...

I grew up playing hockey with Ray's Father and Uncle's. Ray Junior comes from amazing hockey blood. If he's 1/2 as good as his Dad and Uncle's he will be the league MVP all 4 years.