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Pierro-Zabotel To Play For Team Canada West

by Joe Sager / Pittsburgh Penguins

Penguins prospect Casey Pierro-Zabotel will represent his country next month.

He was selected as one of 22 players who will make up Team Canada West at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge in Trail and Nelson, BC, from Nov. 5-11.

The Canada West roster is comprised of players from the Canadian Junior A Hockey League’s five western leagues: the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL), Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL), Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) and Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

“It brings me great pleasure to be able to announce the complete roster for Team Canada West today,” said general manager Darcy Rota. “The coaching staff has done a tremendous amount of scouting, and paid very close attention to the players we have in Western Canada. We are very confident that we have selected the best available players from this region to represent Team Canada West.”

“The players that we have selected for Team Canada West are ones that we feel will give us the best opportunity to win the gold medal in this tournament,” said head coach Boris Rybalka. “There are so many good players in the west, which made the selection process very difficult. We are very proud to have narrowed the list down to the 22 players who we feel will best represent our team in the 2007 World Junior A Challenge."

The roster announced today is the result of extensive scouting done by Rota, Rybalka (Camrose, AJHL) and assistant coaches Dwight McMillan (Weyburn, SJHL) and Al Glendinning (Merritt, BCHL).

The 2007 World Junior A Challenge is a six-team international event featuring two Canadian entries (West and East) and national teams from Russia, Germany, Belarus and the USA. The gold medal game will take place on Nov. 11.

Pierro-Zabotel, Pittsburgh’s third-round selection (80th overall) in June, is playing for Merritt in the BCHL. He has 16 points (8+8) in the team’s first 12 games. He is committed to Michigan Tech for 2008.

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