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Gwinnett Gladiators get high-scoring Pierro-Zabotel back

Photo: Amanda Hertel
Gwinnett Gladiators forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel is held off by Florida's Todd Pococke (#21) and netminder Rob Madore during Sunday's game. Madore made 39 saves in the Everblades 3-1 win at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Photo: Amanda Hertel Gwinnett Gladiators forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel is held off by Florida's Todd Pococke (#21) and netminder Rob Madore during Sunday's game. Madore made 39 saves in the Everblades 3-1 win at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced on Monday the return of Casey Pierro-Zabotel, a forward who 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 five goals and 17 assists 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 22 times and added 53 assists, and was a team high plus-19. He also led the team in the playoffs with nine points (one goal, eight assists) in its 10 games.

Drafted 80th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round 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 60 goals, 145 assists and 205 points 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-foot-2, 207-pounder 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 92 goals and 118 assists, and from 2007 to 2009 with the Vancouver Giants, he had 55 goals and 108 assists, averaging well over a point per game in both leagues.