ELMIRA, N.Y. – A native of Vermilion, Alberta, Pietrus is quite accomplished off of the ice, as well. He received the Jackals’ Community Service Award last year and was a finalist for the ECHL’s Man of the Year Award. The highlight of his community efforts in 2011-12 was coordinating the "March Madness: Score With the Jackals" program alongside Center Street Elementary in Horseheads. Students in Grades 1-4 tracked their reading minutes through the month of March and the winning students participated in a floor hockey game with Jackals players. His off-ice work goes back to his days at Brown when he was a finalist for the Hockey Humanitarian Award as a senior in 2010.