Thursday 27 July 2017

Weninger joins Warriors; Zaba joins Tri-City Storm as Goalie Coaches

 Tri-City Storm Head Coach and General Manager Anthony Noreen has named Matt Zaba the team’s goaltending coach. Zaba, 34, spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater Colorado College and played goaltender professionally for eight seasons (2007-15). He is the co-founder of Mountain High Hockey, where he specializes in working with goaltenders. 
A former eighth-round selection of the Los Angeles Kings in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Zaba played three seasons in the North American professional leagues. From 2007-10, he tended for four teams over 98 games and played one game with the New York Rangers in 2010.

“I’m excited to join the USHL ranks,” Zaba said. “I’ve heard great things from [former Storm assistant] Taylor Nelson and we’ve chatted about the team and the goalies coming in. It seems like a great opportunity.”

Noreen added, “Matt was a successful goaltender at all levels of competition. He’s been running a goalie school and has a lot of hands-on experience working with goaltenders. He’s going to bring a wealth of knowledge to our goaltenders through his teaching and experience.”

Zaba Coaching Career 
2015-16: Colorado Rampage U-18 (Goaltending Coach)
2015-17: Colorado College (Volunteer Assistant Coach)

Zaba Playing Career
2003-07: Colorado College (NCAA)
2007-10: Charlotte (ECHL), Idaho (ECHL), Hartford (AHL), New York (NHL – 1 GP)
2010-15: Overseas in Italy (2010-12) and Austria (2012-15)

Prior to his professional career, Zaba spent four years at Colorado College (2003-07) and compiled a career record of 55-42-10. Zaba was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team in 2003-04 and backstopped the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament as a starter in 2005-06. He played 18 games in 2004-05 during Colorado College’s run to the 2005 Frozen Four.

A native of Yorkton, SK, Zaba led the Vernon Vipers to the 2003 Fred Page Cup and won the BCHL’s Most Valuable Player award with a 2.21 goals against average.
(Tri-City Press Release)


Moose Jaw Warriors General Manager Alan Millar has announced the hiring of Matt Weninger as the teams new Goalie Coach.
Weninger is currently the Regional Consultant and Goaltending Lead for Hockey Alberta and previously worked with the Saskatchewan Hockey Association in 2015-2016 as a Goaltending and Coaching Consultant.
Weninger’s other Goalie Coach/Instructor experience include: Goalie Coach for the Yorkton Terriers (SJHL) from 2015-2017; Goalie Coach at Laurentian University (CIS) from 2014-2015; and Hockey Canada experience in 2016-2017 with the Program of Excellence Under-17 program.
Weninger played four seasons at St. Lawrence University (NCAA Division 1) from 2010 to 2014.  As a four year starter, he holds school records for career and single season games played, minutes played, consecutive games played, and total saves.  In 2014 Weninger was awarded the schools Terry Slater Perseverance Award.  At the conclusion of his college career, Weninger signed with the American Hockey League’s Adirondack Phantoms.  Prior to attending St. Lawrence University, Weninger played three years in the SJHL with Kindersley and Flin Flon.

(Moose Jaw Press Release)

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