Edinburgh Capitals have signed Canadian forward Paul Zanette on a two-year deal from Italian club HC Bolzano.
After a top college career in the United States, Zanette played professionally in North America before spending the last three seasons in Italy, averaging more than a point a game in their domestic league. Last season with Bolzano, who migrated to the highly competitive Austrian Erste Liga – comprising of top teams from five different countries – he scored eight goals and 13 assists in 45 games.
Zanette will take advantage of Caps’ links with Heriot-Watt University to study for his MBA, and said: “I’m delighted to be an Edinburgh Capital. I’ve heard great things about the city and the fans. I totally buy into what the club is aiming at achieving. Riley (player coach Riley Emmerson) has assembled a great squad and we aren’t here to make up the numbers. I am coming here to win.
“Throughout my career I’ve won championships and I want to be part of a winning squad in Edinburgh.
“The club put together a great package for me, and I’m very grateful to be studying for my MBA at Heriot-Watt.”
Zanette is a former team-mate of new Edinburgh net-minder Carson Chubak, the two having played together at Niagara University, and Chubak is expecting big things from the 6ft 1in winger. Chubak, said: “Paul plays with a ton of passion. He is a high energy guy that the rest of the team will feed off. While I played with him at Niagara he had a great scoring touch and I expect Paul to have a great season in Edinburgh. The fans will love his style of play, as his flair will make the game more exciting for everyone.”