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"Hawk-A-Pella" Sings
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Special thanks goes out the Mill Creek High School Choral Ensemble, known as "Hawk-A-Pella" who performed the Star Spangled Banner from the ice this past season. Here accepting a fundraising check for the MCHS Chorus Program are the chorus Students along with Ms. Stephanie Archer, Mill Creek High school Chorus Teacher, and Mr. John OíDriscoll with the Mill Creek Chorus Booster Association.

Congratulations on a job well done! If your school or organization is interested in a Gladiators Fundraiser, please contact the Gladiators Front Office at (770) 497-5100.



Glads at Armed Forces Open
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On Monday, July 21st, the Gladiators were privileged to join the roster of sponsors supporting the troops and their families as part of the Georgia Armed Forces Open, hosted by Reunion Country Club in Hoschton. The annual golf tournament benefits two extraordinary causes, The Fallen Heroes of Georgia and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. Since 2001, more than 200 military service members from the state of Georgia have been lost in defense of our freedom and liberty.

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Your Glads Now On Instagram
Monday, July 21, 2014

With a new season on the horizon, the Gwinnett Gladiators are expanding their social media for 2014-2015 and are now on Instagram! Fans can follow the Gladiators on Instagram under the name @gwtgladiators.

The Gladís Instagram account will showcase a variety of photos, along with occasional videos. Occasionally, Gwinnett will utilize Instagram keep fans informed about upcoming events site via promo and info graphics.

Fans attending Gladiators games during the season can now share their photos and experiences with Gladiators Nation by tagging @gwtgladiators in their Instagram photos or by using the hashtag #goglads.

Be sure to download the Instagram app on your mobile phone if you donít already have it to enjoy all sorts of behind the scenes images from the Gladiators. Instagram is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store.

Instagram becomes the fourth social media platform on which the Gladiators have a presence, along with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In addition to Instagram, be sure to follow @gwtgladiators on Twitter, "like" the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gwinnettgladiators and subscribe to Gladiators TV on YouTube by searching for "GladiatorsHockey."

Click HERE to view the Gladiators on Instagram.


CPZ Commits to Gladiators
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with Forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel.

Pierro-Zabotel, 25, will return for his sixth season in the ECHL after posting seven goals and 21 assists in 36 games with Gwinnett last season. Previous to joining the Gladiators in mid-January, Pierro-Zabotel had a brief stint with the Lausitzer Foxes of the DEL2 in Germany, where he had five goals and 17 assists in 33 games.

"We are very happy to welcome CPZ back to the Glads," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "Casey is a player that can really impact our style of play. Everyone sees the assists and the goals in a game - and he can bring them. But, he really brings much more than that to the table. He’s a big body and he can play an irritating game for opponents. He’s also a face-off winning machine. When he’s going, it really is an awesome thing to watch."

Pierro-Zabotel led the Gladiators during the 2012-2013 season in both goals and points, averaging over one point per game. In 66 regular season games, he contributed 22 goals and 53 assists, and was a team high +19.

"Besides what he brings with his playing ability, we’re going to depend on Zabbo’s leadership to flourish this season," continued Chapman. "I know that he and Emmer have ’connected’ and Rick is going to be depending on that leadership. Not every leader is a loud, rah-rah type of guy. Some guys lead by setting the example and demanding accountability from teammates in a more quiet manner. That’s what Casey has in him and that’s what we expect to see this year. We’re really expecting big things."

Drafted 80th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the British Columbia native spent two seasons in the Penguins organization with Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Pierro-Zabotel furthered his tenure in the ECHL with Cincinnati and Bakersfield before finding a home with Gwinnett.

Over the course of his ECHL career, Pierro-Zabotel has 67 goals, 166 assists, and 233 points in 289 games. He has also played in 14 AHL games, split between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Charlotte Checkers.

Prior to turning pro, the 6’2", 207-pound forward 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.

The Gladiators return for their 2014-2015 campaign at The Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s Home Opening Weekend set for Friday, October 24th at 7:35 p.m. and Satuday, October 25th at 7:05 p.m. For ticket and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

For the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators) and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).

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WGHS Marches to the Bank
Monday, July 14, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators recently visited Walnut Grove High School, located in Walton County, to present the band program with a fundraising check for $540. The school earned the money when the band came out to perform the American National Anthem prior to the March 14 game vs. South Carolina.

According to Raymond Diaz, band director, the funds raised will be used to purchase the sheet music for this year’s football halftime show.

If your school, church, athletic organization or other non-profit is interested in finding out more about the Gladiators fundraising program please contact the Gladiators front office at 770-497-5100.


Guggenberger Returns to GWT
Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the return of goaltender Mark Guggenberger on Saturday as the third player signing for the 2014-2015 squad.

Guggenberger (pronounced GOOG-in-berger), 25, was the 12th goaltender to make an appearance for Gwinnett last season, and provided stability to the position down the stretch. The Richfield, MN native posted impressive numbers across the board in a Gladiators sweater, going 10-5 with a 2.75 goals against average and a .913 save percentage after Gwinnett acquired his rights from the Alaska Aces on February 28th in exchange for forward Alex Belzile.

"We found a good fit last season with Gugges," explained Steve Chapman, Gladiators President and General Manager. "At the time, between the call-ups and season-ending injuries that had plagued us at the goalie position, we were really looking for stability in net and Gugges came in and provided that for the team. He has the ability to make the big save, potentially steal a game, but - more than anything - he gives the guys confidence. Heís a gamer as well - a throwback - and thatís a good quality that fits our culture. I think, at the same time, we provided Mark with some of the stability that he needs to progress his career and to get it back on the track of being an elite player in the ECHL and beyond. Now, we have to build on that and take it beyond just being the start of a great story."

Guggenberger also appeared in six games with the Aces last season prior to playing in 18 with the Central Hockey Leagueís Allen Americans. Shortly after a 21-save shutout performance in Gwinnettís regular season finale against Elmira on April 12th, he received his first call-up to the American Hockey League for the Rochester Americans. In that game Guggenberger turned aside 41 shots, and stopped seven of ten attempts in a 2-1 shootout loss.

In his first ECHL campaign in 2012-13, Guggenberger starred for the Aces en route to winning 25 games and earning a spot on the ECHLís All-Second Team. Prior to that, he was named the CHLís Most Outstanding Goalie and Rookie of the Year as a member of the Texas Brahmas.

With the teamís 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the teamís Home Opener set for October 24th at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nationís premier "AA" hockey league and are affiliated with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).

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Glads, Arena Extend Contract
Thursday, July 10, 2014

On Thursday, Gwinnett Center and the Gwinnett Gladiators announced a 5-year contract extension thru the 2018-2019 ECHL season.

Gwinnett Center is a multi-purpose campus in Gwinnett County that includes The Arena at Gwinnett Center, and is home to the Gwinnett Gladiators. The first puck hit the ice on October 24, 2003, when the Gwinnett Gladiators secured their first win over the Augusta Lynx, 5-1.

Their twelfth season begins on the road on October 18, 2014, with their first home-stand at The Arena on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25.

"We are excited to have Gwinnett Gladiators hockey at The Arena for years to come," says assistant general manager, Ron Jackson. "They are a great partner, and we look forward to a Kelly Cup victory this year!"

Gladiators Majority Owner Toby Jeffreys echoed the sentiment: "The Gladiators Organization is pleased to continue our partnership with the GCVB and arena staff as we call The Arena at Gwinnett Center home. As Atlantaís One and Only professional hockey team, this allows us to continue our relationships and focus on the community as we bring affordable, family fun to Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta."

About Gwinnett Center
Just minutes outside of Atlanta, Gwinnett Centerís 80-acre lakefront campus can accommodate a variety of events from concerts, performances, meetings, trade shows, conventions, banquets, and celebrations. The multipurpose campus includes an amazing 13,000 seat arena, a 702-seat Performing Arts Center, 23 versatile meeting rooms, a 50,000 square foot exhibit hall, and a 21,600 square foot grand ballroom. Gwinnett Center is beautifully landscaped and architecturally stunning facility with an award-winning outdoor private garden, soaring atriums and modern angles which provide a beautiful backdrop for any event. The campus, operated by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau, distinguishes itself by hosting a diverse range of events, including the NCAA Womenís Gymnastics Championships, Lady Gaga, Catalyst Convention, George Strait, Beyoncť, Enrique Iglesias, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Menopause the Musical, American Idol Live!, Dave Matthews Band, Vicente Fernandez, Carrie Underwood, Eric Clapton, FLW Forrest Wood Cup, Michael Bublť, MUSE, and many more. For more information about events on Gwinnett Centerís campus, please visit www.gwinnettcenter.com/events.

About Gwinnett Gladiators
The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nationís premier "AA" hockey league and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).




Max and Pals Have FUN
Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Back on June 16th everyone’s favorite lovable lion, Maximus, was invited to the Duluth Town Green this Saturday to help with the Hi-Hope Centerís "Family Fun Day" event! Max had a great time meeting tons of new friends and spending time with his BFF Chopper, of the Gwinnett Braves. Hijinks and hilarity ensued!

Rob Mottola, Producer/Director of East2West Media Group, Inc., and Video Room Director of all Gladiators Home Games, was on hand to capture the afternoonís fun.

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Glads Sign Everson, Cameron
Tuesday, July 08, 2014

After a terrific rookie campaign in which he led the team in points, forward Marshall Everson becomes the first signing for the 2014-2015 Gwinnett Gladiators squad. In addition, the team also announced the signing of forward Randy Cameron.

Everson (pronounced EVE-er-son), 23, anchored the Gwinnett offense during his rookie season in 2013-14. The Edina, MN native led the team with 43 points (21 goals, 22 assists) in 53 games, and finished second in goals trailing only Brenden Walker (22). Everson scored his first pro goal on November 9th against Greenville, and went on to finish 15th in the ECHL in rookie scoring while posting nine multi-point games. He also ended the season on a strong note, registering at least a point in 13 of his final 19 games.

"We are excited to welcome Eves back to the Glads," said Gladiators Team President Steve Chapman. "Marshall is a quality individual that plays an intelligent, hard-working game. He has a great shot and that special ability to pot the big goal. He had a solid rookie season with us and we are expecting him to continue to develop both his skill set and his leadership abilities next season. He should be on the radar of a few AHL teams and will be a major contributor to our team goals."

Prior to his time in Gwinnett, Everson racked up 63 points in 119 games at Harvard. After he wrapped up his senior season in 2012-13, he appeared in the final two games in the Peoria Rivermenís AHL history.

Cameron, 25, posted 21 points (5 goals, 16 assists) in 28 games as an alternate captain with St. Thomas University (Canadian Interuniversity Sport) last season to finish a four year career there. During his time with the Tommies, the Cornwall, Prince Edward Island native tallied 66 points (27 goals, 39 assists) in 95 games. Prior to that, Cameron played for the Moncton Wildcats in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for four seasons, appearing in 256 games (72 goals, 125 assists, 197 points). He was teammates with former Gwinnett goaltender Louis Domingue on the 2009-10 Moncton QMJHL Championship team, and was an alternate captain his final two seasons there.

"Randy Cameron comes highly recommended to us by one of our former players, Justin Bowers, who is now the head coach of the Woodstock Slammers in Junior A," said Chapman. "That recommendation carries a lot of weight with us. Randy has put up some quality numbers in the CIS and has the potential to make an impact for us at center and in the room."

With the teamís 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Centerwith the teamís Home Opener set for October 24th at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nationís premier "AA" hockey league and are affiliated with the Phoenix Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).

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Coyotes Hold Prospect Camp
Monday, July 07, 2014

Arizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes will hold their prospect development camp July 7-11 with on-ice sessions starting tomorrow, July 8, at the Ice Den (9375 East Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260). All on-ice sessions are from 2:15 - 3:45 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Among the top prospects expected to attend the camp include former first round draft choices Brendan Perlini (2014), Max Domi (2013), and Henrik Samuelsson (2012). In addition, prospects including forwards Ryan MacInnis, Laurent Dauphin and Arizona natives Zac Larraza and Brendan Burke will participate. Tyler Gaudet, who signed with the Coyotes as a free agent in 2013 along with all of the Coyotes 2014 draft choices will also attend the camp.

The camp will provide players with NHL coaching and instruction in both on and off-ice workout sessions. Players will be available to the media following their on-ice training sessions.

Click HERE for a full Coyotes Prospect Camp roster.


This article originally appeared on the official website of the Arizona Coyotes on June 30th. Click HERE to visit their website for further Prospect Camp details and notes.