Capitals Development Camp Interview: David Vallorani

Washington Capitals Development Camp invitee David Vallorani finished his four year career at University of Massachusetts Lowell in March. The 5’8, 180 lb forward scored 114 points in 149 career games, finishing fourth on the River Hawks’ all-time games played list and 29th in scoring.  As a freshman, the Hamilton, Ontario, native earned Hockey East All-Rookie Team and Rookie of the Month honors.  He has also has been named Hockey East Player of the Week once in every season since his freshman year.  

Vallorani
Photo: Christian Abraham / Connecticut Post

A small, shifty playmaker, Vallorani made several excellent passes during the Camp’s opening day scrimmage.  He displayed the vision and technical passing skills of a pro player, but still has a few things to work on.  He is the kind of player who should get a pro tryout contract this season.  Here is his interview:

You fell down in drills this morning, you had a giveaway in front of your goal, and you had two chances to score and missed.  How did it feel to finally score a goal in the scrimmage?

It felt really good. I hit the post on the breakaway there. I had a great pass from Riley Barber, and I just put my head down and fired it.

How would you describe your playing style?

I’m more of a playmaker.  I like to distribute the puck, so I look to pass more than I look to shoot.

What made you choose UMass Lowell over Canadian Major Junior?

Just the education part of it, I just wanted to get my education first while playing hockey, and then continue playing wherever I can after that

How have you developed since you first arrived at UMass Lowell?

Going the college route, you develop as a player tremendously from your freshman year to your senior year.   It’s more about developing your game, the defensive part of it, those aspects.  Once you become a senior, you’ve been through the ropes, you’re a role model for the younger guys as well.

What would you say was the biggest factor in you never missing a game in college?

I don’t know, I like to play hockey.  I had a couple bumps and bruises, but I overcame those and still played every game.

What’s your goal for next season?

I just finished up at UMass Lowell, so I’m looking to play anywhere I can right now.

What do you hope to show at this camp?

I’m just looking to prove myself, show I that can be a good hockey player.

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