AMERICANS ADD SIGNIFICANT PIECE UP THE MIDDLE
July 31st, 2017 by Tommy Daniels
Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel is returning to Allen after one season away.
Pierro-Zabotel was a key piece in the Allen Americans second Kelly Cup Championship in 2016, putting up 47 points in 58 games for Allen. The resident of Ashcroft, BC, is a former third round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Last season, Pierro-Zabotel played in Colorado helping to lead the Eagles to a Kelly Cup Championship, putting up 15 points in 20 postseason games. He finished runner-up to Chad Costello in the ECHL MVP race last year with 88 points in 72 games (24 goals and 64 assists).
“I’m really excited to have Casey (Pierro-Zabotel) back,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. “He’s the best two-way center in the league. He can play a ton of minutes for us. He’s great on face-offs. We use him on the power play. He’s going to be a welcomed addition to help us get the Kelly Cup back.”
Casey Pierro-Zabotel, 28, stands 6-feet and two inches tall, weighing in at 205 pounds. He played his junior hockey in the Western Hockey League with the Vancouver Giants, where he put up 115 points in 72 games during the 2008-2009 season.
Pierro-Zabotel is the eighth player announced by Allen so far this offseason, and the third forward signed by the club. In addition to Pierro-Zabotel, the following players have been signed and announced the Americans; Jonathan Lessard, Tanner Eberle, Mike Gunn, Miles Liberati, Eric Roy, Joel Chouinard and Riley Gill. Bryan Moore and David Makowski were both signed to AHL contracts by the San Jose Barracuda.
The Americans open the regular season on Friday, October 13th in Rapid City, with the home opener on Saturday, October 21st against Orlando. Click here for the complete 2017-2018 schedule.
About the Americans
The Allen Americans play in the ECHL, the premiere AA hockey league in North America. The Americans were established in 2009 and have won four AA championships in eight full seasons of minor pro hockey. In those eight seasons, Allen has qualified for the playoffs every year with five trips to the league finals. Allen will enter its fourth season in the ECHL this October, after playing five years in the now defunct Central Hockey League.