2013 All-Star Pierro-Zabotel returns to Gladiators

DULUTH, Ga. – The
Gwinnett Gladiators announced the return of Casey Pierro-Zabotel, after the forward started the 2013-14 season in Germany.

Pierro-Zabotel, 25, will return for his fifth season in the ECHL, and second with Gwinnett, following a brief 33-game stint with the Lausitzer Foxes of the DEL2 in Germany, where he had 22 points (5g-17a) in 33 games.

In 2012-13, Pierro-Zabotel led the Gladiators in goals and points, averaging over a point per game. In 66 regular-season games, he scored 75 points (22g-53a), and was a team high +19. He also led the team in the playoffs with nine points (1g-8a) in 10 games.

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round (80th overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the Ashcroft, British Columbia native spent two seasons in the Penguins organization with Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton before moving on to Cincinnati and Bakersfield of the ECHL.

In his ECHL career, Pierro-Zabotel has 205 points (60g-145a) in 253 games. He has also played in 14 AHL games, split between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Charlotte Checkers.

Prior to his professional career, the 6’2”, 207-pound forward played in 190 British Columbia Hockey League and 121 Western Hockey League games. From 2004 to 2007 with the Merritt Centennials (BCHL), Pierro-Zabotel had 210 points (92g-118a), and from 2007 to 2009 with the Vancouver Giants, he had 163 points (55g-108a), averaging well over a point per game in both leagues.