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Bill Zaniboni Hired by Dells Ducks - Junior Hockey News

Published: Tuesday, 22 May 2012
By: Ducks Staff

The Dells Ducks, proud members of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League are pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Zaniboni to position of Head Coach.

After spending the last two seasons coaching the Bozeman Icedogs in the AWHL, it was time for him, wife Kim and son Vanek to move closer to their family in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan.

"I had a great time in Bozeman. Great Ownership, players, fans and experiences. It was just time to get a little closer to home, and John Schwarz presented the opportunity for us to do that with the Ducks." Said Zaniboni "The Ducks had a great first season and we are looking to build on that now. I immediately began working my mid western contacts for player information, and have begun targeting players to bring in this season."

"Bill was a person I have had great interest in. His reputation as a player development coach is well known, and his experience as a player and coach speaks volumes to the knowledge he can bring to our players." Said Dells Ducks President John Schwarz "We are very excited to get Bill in town and begin assembling the team."

Bill grew up in Plymouth, MA and started playing hockey at the age of two. Playing his high school hockey for Catholic Memorial High School in West Roxbury winning three State Championships and voted MVP junior and Senior year. Playing junior hockey in the USHL and NAHL before accepting a scholarship to Northern Michigan University playing in the CCHA.

At Northern Michigan University Bill was awarded the Peranni Cup his senior year for most game stars and winning community service awards his junior and senior year. Bill graduated with a B.S in Business Marketing. Playing Professional hockey in the ECHL, CHL, IHL,and SPHL. Ending his career with the Mississippi Surge was awarded team MVP and Goalie of the year while winning his first professional championship.

Bill started coaching when he was sixteen years old for USA hockey satellite programs and really enjoyed himself knowing this could be a great way to pass on his knowledge to the up and coming players. While playing hockey Bill always coached in the summer programs and continued learning about the game. Bill now owns my own goalie school call HockeyBeauties and have taught some very special kids (Matt Skoff - Sioux City Musketeers ushl), (Kent Simpson - Everet WHL drafted 2nd round Chicago BlackHawks) and (Kenny Rieter University of Minnisota Daluth) to name a few. Bill was also a volunteer assistant coach for the Soo Eagles (NOJHL) the past two years. Zaniboni has a Level 4 USA Hockey certification.


posted May. 22nd, 2012 - 2:57pm
Dave Danis says:
Is Kenny Rieter at "Minnisota Daluth" any relation to Kenny Reiter who played at Minnesota-Duluth? Someone needs spell check. That is one brutally written press release. It looks like it was written by a second grader.

posted May. 22nd, 2012 - 3:30pm
Jeff Tannery says:
I am a long time thunderbirds fan and a fan of the nojhl I never realized mr zaniboni was a assistant with the eagles I thought he had been out west as your article states.

posted May. 22nd, 2012 - 3:35pm
Randy Russon says:
I don't recall Bill being associated with the Soo Eagles either. I have covered them all four of their seasons in the NOJHL.

posted May. 22nd, 2012 - 4:07pm
Kjol Lahti says:
Randy Russon would know who was associated with any team in the NOJHL league

posted May. 22nd, 2012 - 7:35pm
Hockeyfan101 says:
Unfortunatly, some of this information is out of date. They obviously pulled some of the info from the Bozeman website which is old, written incorectly and poorly. Zaniboni was a volunteer assistant with the Eagles during the 2009-2010 season prior to reporting in Mississippi. This is why he was never actually listed and maybe why Mr. Russon is unaware. He also no longer has his Goalie School.


posted May. 23rd, 2012 - 6:34am
Randy Russon says:
Bill may or may not have had an association with the Soo Eagles. If he he did, I don't recall it. He didn't, according to Eagles coach Bruno Bragagnolo, have one during the two seasons that Bruno was at the helm of the NOJHL team. The Press Release being referred to, with regards to Bill, is rather confusing. I would think more care should be given when putting together a Press Release of official nature. Just my thoughts!

posted May. 23rd, 2012 - 10:28am
Kim Zaniboni says:
Hockey101 is correct. Bill worked with Paul Theriault of the Soo Eagles before going to play in Mississippi. Many of the players including Jack Watchhorn, Shawn LaDuce, Anthony Raymond and Brian Depp can attest to this. He also no longer runs his goalie camps. And I agree on the article, it is confusing and was never fixed on the Bozeman Website although requested. Although proper care should be taken before publishing a press release... proper investigating should take place before discrediting an individual.

posted May. 23rd, 2012 - 10:35am
Kim Zaniboni says:
Sorry I did not mean to post that twice and would also like to add that I mean no disrespect to Mr. Russon.

posted May. 23rd, 2012 - 10:42am
Randy Russon says:

I did not take your post as disrespectful at all. I am certainly aware of who Bill is from his goaltending days. I do recall Paul Theriault speaking highly of Bill. I have known Paul since high school. (That makes me almost as old as him, lol.)



posted May. 23rd, 2012 - 10:06pm
Josh Reis says:
Bill did a great job in Bozeman. Quality individual and a passionate coach.

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