Colin Zulianello comes to the Stockton Heat after most recently serving as the Goaltending Coach for the Sault St. Marie Greyhouds in the Ontario Hockey League and the Lakeland University Thunderwolves of the Canadian Inter-university Sport simultaneously.
A goaltender himself, playing in the USHL, NCAA, ECHL and AHL, Zulianello sits on Hockey Canada’s and the OHL’s Advisory Boards and has worked with Hockey Canada and run his own goalie academy in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
Zulianello has seen some of his academy pupils go on to have some great success, including 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who started the season with the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before finishing the season and going on a fantastic, 21-game run to a Stanley Cup Championship with a 2.08 goals-against-average and a .923 save-percentage.
In addition to Murray, Zulianello has taught former Nashville Predator and current St. Louis Blues goaltender Carter Hutton along with the 2015-16 OHL Goaltender of the Year and First All-Star Team Mackenzie Blackwood who’s set to enter his first year pro in the New Jersey Devils system this season. Another successful pupil is National Womens Hockey League Goaltender Amanda Makela of the Buffalo Beuts.
During his own career, Zulianello helped backstop Colorado College to three NCAA tournament appearances in four seasons and finished in the top 10 in all goaltending categories during his senior season, culminating in his first pro contract with the Phoenix Coyotes in 2001. Zulianello finished his playing career in 2004-05 playing 126 games in the ECHL and AHL.