UMass Hockey Extra Man Blog: Iacobellis Q&A
Sept. 17, 2013
Hello and welcome to the first installment of the UMass Hockey Extra Man Blog. A new addition to UMassAthletics.com for 2013-14, the Extra Man Blog will be bringing UMass hockey fans features, interviews, behind the scenes content and other "extras" throughout the year. For our first post, the Extra Man Blog sat down with freshman forward Steven Iacobellis for a Q&A.
EMB: Now that you have a few weeks of the semester under your belt, what are your first impressions of being a college student?
Iacobellis: "It's Crazy. Obviously there's a lot of fun that goes on here, but at the same time you have to keep the mindset that you are here for a reason. You're here to go to school and you're here to play hockey and be part of a team. It's really cool and it's a big change from everything else that I've done, but I'm looking forward to it."
EMB: Is there a specific class you are looking forward to?
Iacobellis: "I really like economics. You learn a lot, obviously, about the world and money and economics, so that's something that everybody needs in everyday life. It's a class I am really interested in and am looking forward to see what else comes from it."
EMB: In your bio it says you are planning to major in Management?
Iacobellis: "I haven't thought a whole lot about it yet. I do like the idea of management and I feel that I would be a good part of a management team. Hopefully one day that opportunity comes, but until then I'll have to work really hard to achieve that."
EMB: Are you rooming with a teammate? What has that been like so far?
Iacobellis: I'm rooming with Ray Pigozzi. He is a hilarious person. He's a smart kid, a funny kid, and he's just an overall good fun. I don't know him all that well yet but from what I know, he's really good."
EMB: What has it been like picking up and moving so far away from home?
Iacobellis: "Totally different. It's a long way from home. It's not only across the country but it's in another country. So it's a long way. There are things that need to be changed, like a phone number and that sort of stuff, but it's not anything that I am that unfamiliar with. It's cool."
EMB: Are there any specific games on the schedule that you're looking forward to?
Iacobellis: "Yeah. One of my good buddies plays for Denver, Joey LaLeggia. That's just before Christmas break so I'm really looking forward to that. Also from what I hear, playing BC and BU, some big rivalries and some big crowds so I'm definitely looking forward to those games as well."
EMB: Why did you choose UMass?
Iacobellis: I chose UMass because I heard a lot that I liked about the coaching staff and they seemed to really understand me and understand the way I play. I was given a fly down here halfway through last year and I met a lot of the guys and they all seemed like a great group. I'm really happy to be a part of it now."
EMB: What do you think the biggest adjustment will be for you transitioning from junior hockey to the college game?
Iacobellis: "From what I hear and also from what I see, and practicing here and there, it's a lot faster, a lot quicker, and it's like everything else. Guys are bigger, guys are better, guys are faster, and so I just have to be prepared."
EMB: Which NHLer do you model your game after?
Iacobellis: "I don't know if there's someone I model my game after. I know some people say I play like Doug Gilmour, so I'm going to stick with that."
EMB: What is something most people don't know about you?
Iacobellis: "That's a tough one. I'd have to say... I really don't know to be honest. I like playing golf. I'm a big golfer. I try to play"
EMB: We saw in your bio that your dad played soccer. Did you ever have any inclination to go that route? How did you get into playing hockey?
Iacobellis: "Until I think I was about 11 or 12, I played soccer and hockey and lacrosse, but soccer and hockey were my two biggest sports. He was obviously a big influence for both. I had a choice one year and he gave me a choice whether to play hockey or soccer and I felt I had a better chance of moving on in hockey, especially coming from Canada. It's a tough route to play soccer, so as well as he did, I don't know if I could ever follow in his footsteps, so I went the other way."