Rob Zettler

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Rob Zettler
Born (1968-03-08) March 8, 1968 (age 46)
Sept-Îles, QC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 199 lb (90 kg; 14 st 3 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Minnesota North Stars
San Jose Sharks
Philadelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Nashville Predators
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 55th overall, 1986
Minnesota North Stars
Playing career 1988–2002

Rob Zettler (born March 8, 1968) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for 14 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Nashville Predators and Washington Capitals. He is currently the head coach of the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

Playing career[edit]

Zettler was drafted 55th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft.

After two seasons with the North Stars organization, he was claimed by the San Jose Sharks in the 1991 NHL Dispersal Draft. On February 1, 1994, the Sharks traded Zettler to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Viacheslav Butsayev.

Philadelphia traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs for a fifth-round pick in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft on July 8, 1995. With Toronto Zettler enjoyed his most productive season in 1996-97, scoring 2 goals and adding 12 assists for 14 points. After being left unprotected by the Maple Leafs he was claimed by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.

On September 7, 1999, Zettler signed as a free agent with the Washington Capitals.

Rob Zettler announced his retirement on August 27, 2002, he finished his NHL career with 569 games, scoring 5 goals and 65 assists for 70 points.

Post playing career[edit]

He had been an assistant coach under Ron Wilson, but was relieved of his duties after Wilson's firing. He has also been an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks (under former San Jose and former Toronto head coach Ron Wilson). Zettler also served as colour commentator for Washington Capitals radio broadcasts. While a member of the Sharks coaching staff, he provided insight into games during telecasts with updates before the start of the second and third periods. On March 2, 2012, Zettler was again relieved of his position of assistant coach to Ron Wilson in favour of another position within the Toronto Maple Leafs organization.

In July 2012, Zettler was hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning to be an assistant coach with their AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.[1] After the promotion of Jon Cooper on March 25, 2013, Zettler was named the head coach of the Crunch.[2]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1988–89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 0
1989–90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 31 0 8 8 45
1990–91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 47 1 4 5 119
1991–92 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 1 8 9 99
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 0 7 7 150
1993–94 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 0 3 3 65
1993–94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 0 4 4 69
1994–95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 0 1 1 34 1 0 0 0 2
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 0 1 1 48 2 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 2 12 14 51
1997–98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 0 7 7 108
1998–99 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1999–00 Washington Capitals NHL 12 0 2 2 19 5 0 0 0 2
2000–01 Washington Capitals NHL 29 0 4 4 55 6 0 0 0 0
2001–02 Washington Capitals NHL 49 1 4 5 56
NHL totals 569 5 65 70 920 14 0 0 0 4

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