BY: Ben DiCandilo
GREENVILLE, SC– The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that the team has named Dwayne Zinger the new Assistant Coach. Zinger joins the Road Warriors with over 10 years experience in professional hockey.
“Coming to Greenville was a great opportunity for me,” said Zinger. “I’ve heard nothing but excellent things about the city and the Road Warriors organization. I hope that I can help build on what Dean [Stork] has done the last two seasons and bring the Kelly Cup to Greenville.”
Zinger, a former defensemen, spent nine seasons in the American Hockey League with five different teams. In 536 games in the AHL, Zinger tallied 23 goals and 70 assists. In 2003, the Alberta native was called up to the NHL’s Washington Capitals. Zinger would play seven games with the Capitals. In what ended up being his last ever game in the NHL, Zinger recorded his only NHL point, an assist, on the game winning goal, giving the Capitals a 3-2 lead with just under a minute left in the third period.
In his last season before retiring, Zinger signed on with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL in 2009-10. He spent the season playing under then Assistant Coach Dean Stork. Also on the team was current Road Warriors forward Brett Robinson.
“Dwayne is an excellent addition to the Greenville Road Warriors hockey club,” said Road Warriors Head Coach Dean Stork. “As a defensemen for nine years in the AHL, he has lots of experience and knowledge in the defensive aspect of the game.”
Since retiring, Zinger has been involved in a number of projects around Cincinnati including starting his own training business, and coaching hockey at several different levels.
“Dwayne is a tremendous addition to our coaching staff and brings a wealth of playing experience from the NHL and AHL to Greenville,” said Road Warriors General Manager Chris Lewis. “Everyone we spoke to about him raved about his character, work ethic and desire to succeed. We feel that his addition to Dean’s staff will benefit our players in their development both on and off the ice.”
Season Tickets for the 2012-2013 season are now available! The Road Warriors have lowered prices and added great new benefits to their season ticket packages. For more information on Full Season and Weekend Ticket Plans, call 864-674-PUCK (7825).