Allen, Texas – The Allen Americans, ECHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, and Head Coach Steve Martinson announced today that veteran forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel has been named a Player/Assistant Coach for the 2017-2018 season.
Pierro-Zabotel returned to Allen after playing with the Colorado Eagles last season, winning his second straight Kelly Cup. Casey was a part of the 2016 Allen Americans team that beat Wheeling in six games.
“This is a huge honor to be asked to be a player/assistant coach,” said Casey Pierro-Zabotel. “To come back to the team where I won my first championship and help them win more in years to come is my goal. To be able to learn from the guy (Steve Martinson) who has won so many championships will help me out tremendously. I took this opportunity to help me in life after hockey. I hope to retire here in Allen and hopefully be able to help coach here one day.”
When asked how his relationship with his teammates might change with his new role in Allen, Pierro-Zabotel didn’t hesitate in answering the question.
“I don’t plan on changing the relationships I have with the guys in the room. I plan to keep my leadership role the same.”
The former sixth round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins has played in 478 combined ECHL games with Wheeling, Cincinnati, Bakersfield, Gwinnett, Florida, Colorado and Allen. He started his pro career in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in 2009, playing in nine games.
“He’s one of the smartest players I’ve ever had,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. “He has the experience of playing in all situations, power play and penalty kill, and can help the younger players. He has a wealth of experience.”
The Americans open training camp next week at Allen Event Center, with the team opening the regular season on the road in Rapid City on Friday, October 13th. Tickets for the home opener against Orlando on October 21st are on sale NOW at Allen Event Center Box Office. Call 972-912-1000for more information.
SELECT-A-SEAT-EVENT: The Americans will hold an open house, Select-A-Seat this Saturday from 11-3. Head Coach Steve Martinson will hold a Q&A with fans at 1:00 PM about the current team heading into camp. Meet the new Ice Angels squad, along with Americans staff ready to assist you on seats. Free popcorn and dollar drinks will be available, as well as College Football on the TV’s so you won’t miss a thing.
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.