Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rob Zettler
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.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Sault Ste. Marie Legion NOHA 40 9 24 33 28
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 60 2 14 16 37
1984-85 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds M-Cup 4 0 1 1 2
1985-86 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 57 5 23 28 92
1986-87 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 13 22 35 89 4 0 0 0 0
1987-88 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 7 41 48 77 6 2 2 4 9
1987-88 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 2 0 1 1 0 7 0 2 2 2
1988-89 Minnesota North Stars NHL 2 0 0 0 0 -1
1988-89 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 80 5 21 26 79 6 0 1 1 26
1989-90 Minnesota North Stars NHL 31 0 8 8 45 -7
1989-90 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 41 6 10 16 64 7 0 0 0 6
1990-91 Minnesota North Stars NHL 47 1 4 5 119 -10
1990-91 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 1 0 0 0 2
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 1 8 9 99 -23
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 0 7 7 150 -50
1993-94 San Jose Sharks NHL 42 0 3 3 65 -7
1993-94 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 0 4 4 69 -19
1994-95 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 32 0 1 1 34 -3 1 0 0 0 2
1995-96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 29 0 1 1 48 -1 2 0 0 0 0
1996-97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 2 12 14 51 +8
1996-97 Utah Grizzlies IHL 30 0 10 10 60
1997-98 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 59 0 7 7 108 -8
1998-99 Nashville Predators NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -2
1998-99 Utah Grizzlies IHL 77 2 16 18 136 +1
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 12 0 2 2 19 -1 5 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Portland Pirates AHL 23 2 2 4 27 +3
2000-01 Washington Capitals NHL 29 0 4 4 55 0 6 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Portland Pirates AHL 36 1 9 10 84 -5
2001-02 Washington Capitals NHL 49 1 4 5 56 +3
NHL Totals 569 5 65 70 920 14 0 0 0 4


Claimed by San Jose from Minnesota in Dispersal Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to Philadelphia by San Jose for Viacheslav Butsayev, February 1, 1994. Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia for Toronto's 5th round choice (Per-Ragna Bergqvist) in 1996 Entry Draft, July 8, 1995. Claimed by Nashville from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 26, 1998. Signed as a free agent by Washington, September 7, 1999.
Missed majority of 1999-2000 due to concussion vs. Albany (AHL), October 21, 1999.
Officially announced his retirement, August 27, 2002.
Named Assistant Coach by San Jose, December 5, 2002.