Who is Bruno Zarrillo?
Bruno Zarrillo played his junior hockey days with the River East Royal Knights of the Manitoba Major Junior Hockey League where he totaled 277 points in two seasons.
Il Falco Nero (“The Blackhawk”) moved at a young age to play in Italy. He began his career Latemar HC for a single season. He then joined HC Bolzano and he instantly became a hit, totalling 133 points in his first season and 114 the next; he won the Italian Championsip in 1990. From then on, Zarrillo became a regular member of the Italian National Team, for whom he played very well.
Zarrillo won another league title with Bolzano before leaving for Germany to join the DEL KÃlner Haie. He split the 1996-97 season between Bolzano and Cologne; he joined SC Bern for the playoffs, helping them capture the NLA title in 1997. He spent the next four seasons with the KÃlner Haie, and the next with the NÃrnberg Ice Tigers. He then made a stop in the NLB with Sierre-Anniviers HC and SC Langenthal before returning to Italy with HC Milano, concluding his career with a last Series A title with the Vipers.
Zarrillo’s career highlights include being the top scorer in Germany as well as being the leading scorer at the 1996 World Championships round robin (ahead of Teemu Selanne by 1 point). He also won the Spengler Cup in the year 2000 and was team captain in three different countries.
Zarrillo played over 200 games for the Italian National Team, participated in 11 World Championships in the Elite and First Division, as well as 3 Olympic Games in 1992, 1994 and 1998.
On October 1, 2009 Bruno was inducted into The Manitoba Hockey Hall Of Fame