June 5, 1980 |
Burnaby, BC, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||211 lb (96 kg; 15 st 1 lb)|
|NHL Draft||156th overall, 2000
Gregory M. Zanon (born June 5, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently an unrestricted free agent after playing under contract to the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Greg Zanon was drafted in the 5th round, 156th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators. He played four seasons, from 1999 to 2003, for the University of Nebraska at Omaha in the CCHA and was named to the CCHA First All-Star Team in 2001.
Unsigned from the Senators Zanon played three seasons for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League, an affiliate of the Nashville Predators. It wasn't until the 2005–06 season that he finally broke into the NHL when he played four games for the Predators. Zanon has risen in the NHL as a top player in the blocked shots statistic. He had 189 blocked shots in the 2007–08 NHL season. 
On July 1, 2009, Zanon signed a three-year deal with the Minnesota Wild. His first season with the Wild in 2009–10 was largely successful, while proving a reliable physical force he also registered a career high 13 assists and 15 points in 81 games.
In the last year of his contract with the Wild in the 2011–12 season, Zanon fell out of favour and was relegated as a healthy scratch in 7 games. He appeared in only 39 contests before he was dealt at the trade deadline to the Boston Bruins for Steven Kampfer, on February 27, 2012.
On July 1, 2012, Zanon signed as a free agent to a two-year deal worth $4.5 million with the Colorado Avalanche. In the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Zanon made his Avalanche debut, recording an assist in an opening night defeat to the Minnesota Wild on January 19, 2013. As a fixture on the Avalanche defense, Zanon was unable to replicate his earlier puck-clearing career form; however, he finished the season to lead the team with 122 blocked shots in 44 games.
On July 3, 2013, the Avalanche placed Zanon, alongside Matt Hunwick, on waivers. Upon clearing waivers, the Avalanche then exercised the option to buy out the remaining year of his contract on July 4, 2013. As a result of the buyout, the Avalanche paid Zanon $1.5 million (being two-thirds of his remaining salary) and he became an unrestricted free agent. Unable to attract an NHL offer as a free agent, Zanon signed a professional try-out contract with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL. As an alternate captain for the Rampage, Zanon returned to the AHL for the first time since 2007.
|1998–99||South Surrey Eagles||BCHL||59||17||54||71||154||—||—||—||—||—|
|1999–00||U. of Nebraska-Omaha||CCHA||42||3||26||29||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|2000–01||U. of Nebraska-Omaha||CCHA||39||12||16||28||64||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||U. of Nebraska-Omaha||CCHA||41||9||16||25||54||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||U. of Nebraska-Omaha||CCHA||32||6||19||25||44||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||24||0||4||4||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||74||3||23||26||42||3||0||0||0||4|
Awards and honours
- "All CCHA Teams". NCAA. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2009-11-10.
- "Greg Zanon Stats". The Hockey News. 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2009-10-01.
- "Wild agree terms with Greg Zanon". Minnesota Wild. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2010-04-11.
- "Zanon traded to Boston Bruins for Kampfer". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Reports: Bruins deal for Rolston, Mottau, Zanon". NHL.com. 2012-02-27. Retrieved 2012-02-27.
- "Avalanche sign Greg Zanon to two-year deal". CBS Sports. 2012-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-01.
- "Avalanche comeback falls short to Wild". Colorado Avalanche. 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
- "Avs look to lighten roster as NHL's free agency period looms". Denver Post. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-05.
- "Greg Zanon's contract bought out by Avalanche on eve of free agency". Denver Post. 2013-07-04. Retrieved 2013-07-04.
- "Greg Rallo named captain of the Rampage". San Antonio Rampage. 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
- "Olson and Zanon agree to one-year, two-way contracts". Florida Panthers. 2014-07-08. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
- "2012-13 CCHA Media Guide". ISSUU.com. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
- Greg Zanon's player profile at NHL.com
- Greg Zanon's career statistics at EliteProspects.com
- Greg Zanon's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman