Greg Zanon chuckles when asked about the highlights of his summer. “Well, I’d say number one is signing on with the team, which was a pretty eventful thing.” Nothing has topped becoming a member of the Team of 18,000 and the defenseman can’t wait to get started.
Zanon has spent time in Minnesota, his wife is a native of Hastings, and he’s excited to live here. Of course, he’s eager to experience the Xcel Energy Center as a member of the home team, too.
“From a hockey standpoint, coming to Minnesota is going to be a change from Nashville, but I think it’s going to be a great change... from a personal standpoint, it’s a change for our family, obviously, but a positive one.”
It’s easy to tell that Zanon makes his family’s happiness a high priority. He has enjoyed a relaxing summer with his family, forgoing long vacations with his young children in favor of short trips to a British Columbia lake home almost every weekend.
“We’re pretty basic. We like spending time together as a family and we do a lot of summer activities.” Zanon adds that in addition to offseason training, he focuses on relaxing and “spending time with my kids and making sure they’re having a good summer, along with the rest of the family.”
Thankfully, Zanon and his family haven’t had to spend much of their cherished offseason time worrying about the details involved with moving their belongings. Nothing was packed to move when the Zanon family left Nashville at the end of the season and they haven’t been back since. Thus, the process of relocating to Minnesota is a little more complicated than the move for an average family. But, with the assistance of some very helpful friends, they are making sure everything is ready to move at the end of the summer – via Canada.
“We’ve spent a lot of the summer on the phone trying to track things down, but that’s all part of the process. We’re just happy that we’re going to go somewhere and really have a good time, in both hockey and personal aspects of life…We like Minnesota. I think it’s going to be a great spot for us to continue my career.”
While the 29-year-old has thoroughly enjoyed relaxing with his family this summer, it doesn’t mean he’s forgotten about the hard-hitting action that’s headed his way come fall. Zanon has focused on training workouts to stay in shape during the offseason. In addition to skating, he meets other hockey players from the area a few days each week for track exercises. They run with parachutes, climb stairs using weighted vests, run sprints and perform “quick feet” exercises to ensure they’re prepared for the start of the season.
Just like many fans across the state, Zanon is eager to see all of the Wild’s offseason changes come together in just a few weeks. Although, unlike those in the stands, Zanon will experience an entirely different type of exhilaration as he takes his first shift as a member of the Wild.
“They made some changes to make the team better and I’m excited to be a part of the new-look Wild.”