Giants’ Pierro-Zabotel named Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week

By League Press Release

CALGARY, AB. – The BOSTON PIZZA WHL Player of the Week is forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel of the Vancouver Giants.

Pierro-Zabotel picked up seven points, scoring two goals and five assists to go with a +7 rating, in two games over the past week, helping the Giants post a 2-0 record in that span.

On Friday, October 3rd, the Giants hosted their American rivals, the Seattle Thunderbirds, at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver. Pierro-Zabotel picked up one goal and two assists as the Giants defeated the Thunderbirds 10-2.

The next evening, Saturday, October 4th, Vancouver played host to another U.S. Division club, as the Portland Winter Hawks crossed the border to face the Giants. Pierro-Zabotel scored one goal and added three assists as the Giants downed the Winter Hawks 7-1. He was also named the games 1st Star.

With the two victories the Vancouver Giants have yet to lose a game in regulation (6-0-0-1) and find themselves in top spot among all WHL Clubs.

Pierro-Zabotel, an over-ager from Kamloops, British Columbia, is in his second season of play in the Western Hockey League. He joined the Giants last year after playing three seasons in the BCHL with the Merritt Centennials. At the 2007 NHL Entry Draft Pierro-Zabotel was selected in the 3rd round – 80th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The WHL has also nominated Dustin Tokarski of the Spokane Chiefs for the ADT CHL Goaltender of the Week Award. Tokarski posted a 2-0-0-1 record this past week with a shut-out, allowing just four goals on 89 shots for a 1.300 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage.

Boston Pizza WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 18 – Sept. 21: Jordan Weal, Regina Pats
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Joel Broda, Moose Jaw Warriors
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Vancouver Giants