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10-25-2010, 12:10 PM
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London selects the star of the 1998 Winter Olympics, Rob Zamuner, LW

Originally Posted by The Hockey News
ASSETS: Big, strong and versatile forward was primarily known for his defensive brilliance but could also help out on offense during his prime years thanks to yeoman's work. Never recorded a 20-goal campaign in the NHL yet came close on a handful of occasions. Signed as a free agent by the expansion Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992, he captained the same club later in 1998-99. A career highlight proved to be his participation as a member of Team Canada in the 1998 Olympics.

FLAWS: Not the fleetest of skaters and didn't have a dangerous shot or nifty hands, the rugged forward also ran into his share of injuries.

CAREER POTENTIAL: Gritty and dependable two-way forward.

Good size: 6'3", 203 lbs
Selke Record: 13th (1996), 7th (1997), 22nd (2001)
Captain of the Lightning in 98-99.

Here's what some guy said about him:

Originally Posted by God Bless Canada
Zaumner was the best defensive LW left on my list. I wouldn't pick a defensive specialist in this, though. He was probably one of the top five or so defensive forwards in the league from 1993 to 1998, but he was shafted in the Selke voting because that's when voters were looking at an offensive player who backchecks. (The 1995-96 Selke vote might be the biggest joke for any award in NHL history). Jere Lehtinen and Mike Peca would have never won their Selkes if they had to face those voting standards
Originally Posted by wikipedia
Internationally, Zamuner played twice on Canada's world championship teams. Zamuner's unprecedented defensive play, along with his exceptional face-off taking ability led to a surprise selection on Canada's 1998 Olympic men's hockey team.

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