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Mark Zarbo

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Mark, a native of Grand Island, New York, has extensive hockey and athletic training experience.  As a youth Mark played for Grand Niagara (now Niagara Purple Eagles), Buffalo Regals, West Seneca Wings and the Buffalo Saints before making the jump into junior hockey.

Mark started playing junior hockey at the age of 15 for Wheatfield Blades in the Empire Junior B Hockey League where he was selected to the All-Star Team that season.

After his only season with the Wheatfield Blades, Mark was 1 of 6 defenseman in NYS selected to play for Team New York at the Annual USA Select 17 Festival in St. Cloud Minnesota.  This festival features the Top 200 Prospects at each age level in the USA every year.

During his senior year of high school Mark spent the first half of the season playing for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders in the USHL and second half of that season playing for the Youngstown Phantoms in the NAHL.

After graduation from Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, Ohio; he went back to Youngstown where he played the whole season.  That season he was selected to the NAHL All-Star Team.

After his second year in Youngstown, Mark moved onto playing for the CD Selects in the EJHL.  During his season in Capital District, Mark finished 2nd on his team in overall points as well as 2nd in the league in goals and 4th in points by a defenseman.  That season Mark was selected to play for the EJHL All-Star Team who competed against the USA U-18 Team, featuring fellow Buffalo Native Pat Kane.

After his junior career Mark played Division 1 college hockey at Bentley College for 1 season and 3 seasons at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).  Mark graduated from RPI with a BS in Business and Management in 2010.  After graduating from RPI Mark attended graduate school at the University of Buffalo where he received his Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree in 2014.  During graduate school Mark interned in the Buffalo Sabres Scouting Department helping to breakdown video for the 2012 NHL Draft.

Outside of coaching Mark is also a Physical Therapist.  Mark was Director of Physical Therapy for Advanced Care Physical Therapy inside IMPACT Sports.  Here Mark worked with youth to professional athletes across all sports providing manual treatment and exercise rehabilitation.  Currently Mark works for ACPT at their Wheatfield and Niagara Falls offices.

Mark has had the benefit of playing and training under some of the top coaches in North America including Darryl Belfry (NHL/Pro Skills Coach), Jim Montgomery (Head Coach University Denver & 4th All-time D1 College Points), Seth Apert (Head Coach USA 17-U National Team/Former RPI Head Coach), Jon Christiano (Pro Scout) and Gary Reeves (NHL/Pro Skills Coach).

Mark considers himself a teacher and is known for being a very detailed oriented coach.  Mark works with beginner to College/Professional players and is the head organizer for the Buffalo Showcase that brought 68 players from 9 different States and 3 countries as well as over 30 junior and college teams to the WNY area for a weekend showcase event.

Mark is able to work with players of all ages and levels.  Mark can teach any clinic or practice topic.


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Phone:  (716) 208-3724