COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today that Bill Zito, the founder and former president of Acme World Sports, has joined the National Hockey League club as an assistant general manager.
“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.”
Zito joins the Blue Jackets after having spent the past two decades building Acme World Sports into one of the top hockey agencies in the world by uncovering late-round or undrafted, lesser-known players as well as the top picks. Some of Zito’s clients have included: John Madden, former All-Star Brian Rafalski, Tuukka Rask, Kimmo Timonen, 2013 Vezina Trophy finalist Antti Niemi, and former Vezina Trophy and Conn Smythe Award winner Tim Thomas.
“It is with sincere humility and appreciation that I have accepted this opportunity to work with John Davidson, Jarmo Kekalainen, Chris MacFarland and the Blue Jackets staff,” said Zito. “I am excited and focused to begin this new journey.”
Zito is a graduate of Yale University, where he played varsity hockey from 1984-87. He then attended law school at the University of Wisconsin and during that time served as an assistant coach for the Badgers varsity hockey team and was a radio color commentator for Badger hockey. Upon earning his law degree, he went on to practice at major firms in New York and Chicago before founding Acme World Sports, LLC in 1995.
Zito was born on September 16, 1964 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Julie, are the parents of twin daughters, Gigi and Frankie, and son, Billy.