Rob Zettler played his first hockey at the tender age of four in his native Quebec and went on to enjoy a successful junior career in Sault Ste. Marie with the Greyhounds, making it all the way to the Memorial Cup tournament with the team in 1985.
He was chosen in the third round (55th overall) of the 1986 Entry Draft by Minnesota and played in parts of three seasons with the North Stars before being claimed by San Jose in the 1991 Dispersal Draft.
Zettler is a defensive defenceman but his excellent skating ability allows him to jump up into the play, albeit only as far as the centre ice area. He applies his finesse skills to getting the puck out of his end or making an outlet pass to a winger.
Always showing a positive attitude about his role as the fourth or fifth defenceman on the depth chart, he provides an organization with no-risk depth at the blueline along with an experienced presence for the younger players to look up to.
He has played with six teams over his 13-year NHL career, splitting the 2000-01 season between Washington and Portland of the AHL.