Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to sit down with the Thunder’s leading goal scorer in Casey Pierro-Zabotel. Pierro-Zabotel has played for 10 different ECHL teams over the course of his career and along the way, has been apart of two Kelly Cup Championships.

AK: You’ve spent the last 10 years bouncing around the ECHL, including winning two Kelly Cup Championships. What has the experience been like for you?

CPZ: It’s been great. It’s been fun going to some of these places I’ve played in and I’ve been treated pretty well and winning is the best thing that’s happened, winning the Kelly Cup back-to-back years.

AK: Do you prefer playing in a big city like Cincinnati or a smaller city like Adirondack?

CPZ: I don’t really care about stuff like that. I try to look for a team with a winning culture and stuff like that.

AK: You only played in only eight games last season. What has this season been like for you, especially after how last season went for you?

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CPZ: Yeah, last year was tough to only play in those games and not be around the guys and be able to skate every day, but this year’s been awesome, it’s been good to have such a great experience and great time here and I’ve been lucky to score some goals.

AK: What got you into hockey as a kid?

CPZ: It was my parents. I think we always played hockey in our family and I started at an early age and my dad really just pushed me every day.

AK: Do you have a favorite arena to play in?

CPZ: Favorite arena has to be Idaho’s arena. It’s a fun place to play in, lots of great fans, loud and it’s a great atmosphere there.

Stay tuned to The Puck Authority as we will continue the Thunder Thoughts series next week.

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