Zoo Bruins Staff

LizJasonDJason and Liz DiMatteo, Owners

Jason and Liz moved to Missoula in July 2014 with their five boys. Jason has been around hockey for over 30 years, playing at both the Junior A and NCAA collegiate levels as well as coaching at both levels and now plays in the Missoula adult
hockey league, GHL. Liz is in banking while Jason works in finance. They both
enjoy spending time with their kids and they love the community of
Missoula for their support of hockey!

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Coaching Staff

Emerson Etem,
Head Coach/General Manager

Etem, a Long Beach, CA-native, is a former first round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks back in 2010. He was selected 29th overall by the Ducks following a standout junior and international career.

Prior to his professional career, Etem played for the renowned Shattuck-St. Mary’s program before being selected to the U.S. National Development Program U18 Team in 2008-09 in the NAHL, finishing the season with 41 points in 49 total games.

In 18 international games, including six with the U.S. U17 program and two selections to the U.S. World Junior Team, including being named Associate Captain in 2011-12, Etem collected 11 points.

Etem was drafted into the Western Hockey League by the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2007 Bantam Draft and would join the Tigers in 2009 following his time with the USNDT. In 2009-10, Etem led all WHL rookies in goal scoring.

In three seasons with Medicine Hat, Etem finished with 296 points in 236 total games, including a 120 point regular season and playoffs in 2011-12. Following his WHL career, Etem joined the Syracuse Crunch for six regular season and playoff games in 2012 before moving to the Norfolk Admirals in 2012-13, playing 45 games for the Admirals and collecting 16 points.

It was also in 2012-13 Etem made his NHL debut for the Ducks, playing 38 regular season and seven playoff games for the Ducks in his rookie season while collecting a total of 15 points in 45 games that year.

The following two seasons Etem would again split time between Anaheim and Norfolk, playing a total of 90 games for the Ducks and picking up 24 points. In 2015 Etem was traded, along with a second-round draft pick, to the New York Rangers and made the opening night roster for the Rangers that season but after playing just 19 games with the Rangers he was traded to the Vancouver Canucks in January of 2016.

Although he played 39 games for the Canucks that year and re-signed in the off-season, at the start of the 2016-17 season he was placed on waivers and later picked up by his original team the Anaheim Ducks in October 2016. After three games with the Ducks Etem was reassigned to the San Diego Gulls and although he scored in his debut with the Gulls he suffered a knee injury which would later need surgery and end his playing career.

Etem would spend another two seasons playing limited games in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners and later the Ontario Reign, his injury would force him to retire from playing.

In all, Etem played a total of 196 NHL games, collecting 54 points including 28 goals and 26 assists.

Recently Etem has been working as a skills coach with SAHA Academy in Medicine Hat, Alberta. He has worked as an on-ice coach with all age players, including AHL, ECHL and AJHL players.


Beau Fournier, Assistant Coach

Hailing from Santa Monica, California, Beau Fournier started his playing career at Mohawk Valley in 1990. He went on to play 1991-1995 with the men's semi-pro Kings and ACHA UT Knoxville. Beau started his coaching career in
1996 as the Assistant Coach of the Squirt team in Knoxville, TN. From 1996 to 2019 Beau held numerous coaching, leadership, and evaluator positions within
the hockey community across the nation. Most recently, Beau was the Head Coach of the Bantam B Missoula Jr Bruins team in the 2019-2020 season. As a California native, Beau enjoys playing beach volleyball and spending time with his two sons, as well as his grandson.


Mitch Willert, Athletic Trainer

Mitch, a Sun Prairie Wisconsin native, is entering his first season as the athletic trainer for the Missoula Junior Bruins and MAYHA. A 2017 University of Wisconsin Stevens Point graduate, Mitch received his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and is now pursuing his master’s degree in health and human performance at the University of Montana. In his free time, Mitch enjoys exploring the outdoors, playing hockey, and spending time with friends and family.


Jason White - Alaska Scout
Steve Anderson - Minnesota Scout