To a lot of people’s shock, The Tampa Bay Lightning did not renew the contract of the Norfolk Admirals assistant coach Mike Flanagan when they switched AHL affiliates to the Syracuse Crunch. Head coach John Cooper, of course, is on board.
Today it was announced that they have hired former NHL Defenseman and Toronto Maple Leafs assistant coach Rob Zettler to fill the position.
The 44 year old native of Sept. Iles, Quebec played in the NHL for 14 seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, Washington Capitals, the San Jose Sharks and the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored 5 goals and acquired 70 points in his 569 career NHL games.
In 2002 he retired from the ice, and joined the San Jose Sharks as the Sharks Radio color analyst. He helped to create the Sharks Alumni Association and helped a great deal with the foundation’s charitable organization. He also took part in fan development programs and helped by participating in youth clinics and programs.
From 2002 – 2008 Zettler was an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks. After that he spent almost 4 years with Toronto, also becoming an assistant coach there.
Vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman made the announcement today of Zettler’s hire. His experience in the NHL will allow him to help and guide Lightning defensive prospects and assist head coach John Cooper with their daily development.