Blue Jackets hire Bill Zito as assistant general manager

Bruce Bennett

Bill Zito has been hired by the Columbus Blue Jackets as the club's general manager.

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Bill Zito as the assistant general manager to Jarmo Kekalainen, the team announced on Monday afternoon. Zito had previously worked as a player representative at Acme World Sports, a management company that he co-founded. His client list included Antti Niemi, Brian Rafalski, Kimmo Timonen, Tim Thomas, Tuukka Rask and Valtteri Filppula.

A graduate of Yale University, Zito earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin. While earning his degrees, Zito was a member of Yale's varsity hockey team and went onto become an assistant coach at Wisconsin.

In addition to Zito's two-plus decades of player representation, Kekalainen believes that he will offer valuable insight to the Blue Jackets organization, via the team's website:

"Bill Zito is an astute businessman who understands all facets of our game and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Columbus Blue Jackets," said Kekalainen. "I have known Bill for many years and believe he will be a great addition to our hockey operations staff as we continue our efforts to build a championship-caliber team."

Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch writes that Zito will head the team's pro scouting department and will play a key role in college scouting.

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