Colin Zulianello enters his second season with the Stockton Heat in 2017-18 after joining the team ahead of their second season in Stockton.
Most recently having served 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, Zulianello has worked with Hockey Canada and runs his own goalie academy in his hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario with some of his pupils include 2016 Stanley Cup Champion Matt Murray of the Pittsburgh Penguins, St. Louis Blues netminder Carter Hutton, 2015-16 OHL Goaltender of the Year and First All-Star Team Mackenzie Blackwood and National Womens Hockey League Goaltender Amanda Makela of the Buffalo Beuts.
In his first season as the Heat’s Goaltending Coach, he watched both Jon Gillies and David Rittich earn their NHL Debuts with the Calgary Flames. Under Zulianello’s watch, Rittich established a number of Heat goaltending records and ranked among the league leaders in nearly every major goaltending category.
A goaltender himself, playing in the USHL, NCAA, ECHL and AHL, 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 combined.