Pierro-Zabotel keeping NHL dreams alive with ECHL’s Eagles
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For Casey Pierro-Zabotel, winning an ECHL Kelly Cup title last season with the Allen Americans has only made him hungrier to do the same this year with the Colorado Eagles.
A former NHL draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins (third round in 2007) and British Columbia Hockey League MVP, Pierro-Zabotel signed with the Eagles in the offseason and hasn’t looked back.
“I think I’ve had a really good season, been playing good and getting points, and I think our team has come together as a team really well,” said Pierro-Zabotel, a 28-year-old out of Kamloops, B.C. “I chose to sign with the Eagles because I’ve heard nothing but good things from other players who have played here and every time I’ve played against them, it’s been my favorite place to play (at the Budweiser Events Center).”
Ironically, Pierro-Zabotel skated in the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game in 2013 at the Budweiser Events Center.
“Casey is not only a terrific centerman that can win critical faceoffs, but he also plays as a true power forward, creating scoring chances by working hard in front of the net,” said Eagles GM Chris Stewart.
This season, Pierro-Zabotel has been satisfied with the way it has progressed thus far.
“My role has been to be a two-way forward that is responsible in all areas and to be a leader on this team since I have been playing pro for eight years,” explained Pierro-Zabotel. “I am very happy with my role on this team and I try to help out as much as I can. We have been very successful by playing a fast, up-pace game that is physical.”
Pierro-Zabotel has also seen a handful of stints in the American Hockey League and is not letting his ultimate goal of playing in the NHL elude him.
“This year has been very good for me so far and my NHL dream is always in my mind,” Pierro-Zabotel said. “I try to stay very positive towards that dream at all times.”
— Matt Mackinder