Born: April 28, 1981 (age 29)
5 ft 10
Career Transactions: Selected by Columbus in the eighth round (231st overall) in 2000 NHL entry draft…Joined the Aeros as a free agent last season…Returns to the Aeros on a AHL contract this season.
I remember speaking to Peter Zingoni in training camp last season. The Aeros were going to be a chance for him to set right some misconceptions that had arisen about him as a result on an injury-plagued 2008-09 season with the Norfolk Admirals in which he had only 14 points (7-7=14). The primary misconceptions being that he could no longer score and that he could no longer stay healthy.
Unfortunately for Zingoni, his 2009-10 season with the Aeros was much like his previous season with the Admirals as he suffered through a series of injuries that allowed him to hit the ice in 47 games and limited his scoring once again (8-6=14). I spoke to him again later in the season, when he was once again sitting out a game because of injury, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more frustrated player – no, Heather, not even Barry when he was dealing with his multiple injuries.
Zingoni was frustrated because of the injuries. He was frustrated because he wanted to be playing hockey. He was frustrated because he felt he was letting everybody down. He was frustrated because he knew that the team, which was battered by injuries all season, would be better if he were on the ice.
Zingoni comes into this season off of two injury-plagued seasons that have worn on him, without a doubt. And he’s having to learn another new system and he’s having to deal with another new coach. But he still has talent, he still has skill, and if he can stay healthy, he should be able to help this Aeros team.
Photo Courtesy of Chris Jerina