SWAMP RABBITS ADD DYNAMIC OFFENSIVE THREAT
Greenville signs former Hobey Baker finalist Paul Zanette for the 2016-17 season
BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced the team has agreed to terms with forward Paul Zanette for the 2016-17 season.
“Paul is a dynamic player who will have a strong impact on our attack,” Head Coach Brian Gratz said. “He’s played more than 200 professional games and has served in leadership roles in the past, so his experience will definitely be a big positive for our team. He will be a key contributor in our effort to bring a Kelly Cup to Greenville.”
Zanette played each of the last four seasons in Europe, including 35 games with Sweden’s Edinburgh Capitals (EIHL) last season. He recorded 39 points (19g, 20a) and 48 penalty minutes in those contests while skating alongside forward Trevor Gerling, who signed with the Swamp Rabbits on June 27.
Towards the end of last season, the 28-year-old moved to Italy’s Asiago HC where he also played two seasons from 2012-14. He totaled 85 points (36g, 49a) and 68 penalty minutes in 80 combined games with Asiago HC, including three points (2g, 1a) in six games last season. In 2012-13, he notched 13 points (4g, 9a) in 13 playoff games, helping capture the Serie A Italian Championship.
“I’m looking forward to returning to the states and beginning this chapter of my career in Greenville,” Zanette said. “From what I’ve seen, the arena and city are among the best in the league and the organization really stuck out as the right fit for me. Now I just can’t wait to get started.”
A native of Nobleton, Ontario, Zanette began his professional career with the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs near the end of the 2010-11 season and made 13 appearances with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs during the 2011-12 campaign. He also played 26 ECHL games with the Toledo Walleye in 2011-12 and collected 14 points (5g, 9a) and four penalty minutes. Also, Zanette notched 21 points (8g, 13a) and a plus-3 rating in 45 games with Italy’s Bolzano HC in 2014-15.
Before turning pro, the 6’1, 190-pound winger played four seasons at Niagara University from 2007-11. He produced 105 points (53g, 52a) in 128 career games with the Purple Eagles, including a career-best 29 goals, 26 assists, and 55 points in 35 games as a senior. Zanette was named the 2011 Atlantic Hockey Player of the Year and a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award that season.
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