Experience: 2nd season
Birthdate: July 14, 1983
Hometown: Yorkton, SK, Canada
Tri-City Storm goaltending coach Matt Zaba joined the organziation in July 2017 after spending the previous two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater Colorado College. The 34-year-old played professional hockey for eight seasons (2007-15). 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.
Zaba co-founded Mountain High Hockey, where he specializes in helping goaltenders.
Zaba on joining Tri-City: “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 on Zaba: “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 led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament as a starter in 2005-06. He played in 18 games during Colorado College’s run to the 2005 Frozen Four.
Zaba started his professional career with the Charlotte Checkers in 2007-08, appearing in nine games before moving to the Idaho Steelheads for the remainder of the season.
From 2008-10, Zaba played in 61 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL). During 2009-10, Zaba made his NHL debut on January 23, 2010 for the New York Rangers. Over 33 minutes, Zaba made 16 saves and allowed two goals in a 6-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.
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. In the playoffs, Zaba sported a 1.49 goals against average in 17 games.
Zaba started his coaching career with the Colorado Rampage U-18 team as goalie coach in 2015-16.