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Blue Jackets hire agent Bill Zito as assistant GM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired prominent player agent Bill Zito as assistant general manager.

Zito, who represented 2011 Conn Smythe Trophy-winner Tim Thomas, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask and Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen, among others, left his position as president of Acme World Sports to take the job in Columbus.

"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," Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement.

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The 48-year-old Zito founded Acme World Sports in 1995. He's a native of Pittsburgh and graduated from Yale University, where he played hockey from 1984 to 1987. He was an assistant coach at the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his law degree.

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