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Carey, Lee Reassigned
Thursday, March 05, 2015

The Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Gwinnett Gladiators, announced that forward Greg Carey and goaltender Mike Lee were reassigned from Portland to Gwinnett on Thursday. For both players, this is their third assignment to the Gladiators this season.

Carey, 24, has played in 14 games with the Gladiators this year, averaging over a point per game (17 points; 10 goals, seven assists). He has also tallied two of the Gladiators’ three hat tricks this season, one on November 9th against South Carolina, and another on January 23rd against Florida, the two teams Gwinnett will be playing this weekend.

The Hamilton, Ontario native has played in 29 games with the Pirates this season, with two goals and six assists. Carey played in 13 games with Portland last year at the conclusion of his four-year career with St. Lawrence University. While with the Saints, Carey was a Hobey Baker finalist his junior and senior seasons as one of the top NCAA point scorers in the country (12-13: 4th, 51 pts; 13-14: 3rd, 57 pts).

Lee, 24, has played in five games for the Gladiators this season, with a 2.98 GAA and a .897 SV%. This is Lee’s third year with the Gladiators after making his professional debut with the team in 2012. A third round (91st overall) selection of the Coyotes in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Lee was recalled directly from Gwinnett to Arizona on January 15th, the first time a Gladiator reached the NHL in the same season since 2009.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound netminder has also played in two games with the Pirates this season. Before his 2012 debut with the Gladiators, the Roseau, Minnesota native played for three seasons with St. Cloud State, with his best season coming in his final year there. He had a 2.23 GAA, a .930 SV%, and one shutout in 2011-12.

To accommodate space on the roster for Carey and Lee, forwards Dylan Smoskowitz and James McEwan were released from their SPC’s. In addition, rookie forward Dyson Stevenson was recalled to the Portland Pirates of the AHL and traded to Bridgeport on Monday.

Both Lee and Carey will join the Gladiators in time for their next game in North Charleston, SC as they take on the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, March 6th at 7:05 p.m. The next Gladiators home contest will be on Saturday, March 7th when they host the Stingrays for $5 Frenzy Night: Mesh Replica Jerseys at 7:05 p.m.

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 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 - where parking is always free.

As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

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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Photo Credit: Lindsay Hartmann




Glads Players Visit MPES
Wednesday, March 04, 2015

On Monday, March 2nd, Gladiators defensemen James Melindy and Patrick MacGregor, along with forward J.P. Labardo, spent their morning at Mountain Park Elementary in Lilburn to help kick off their Read Across America Week! Invited to the school by David Young, long-time Gladiators fan and Counselor at MPES, the trio visited classrooms around campus and spent time in the gym playing with a large group of very excited third graders.

As Monday was also the birthday of beloved author Dr. Suess, the guys also read Seussical favorites such as "Hop On Pop" and "Green Eggs & Ham" to four different kindergarten and 1st grade classes. MPES teacher Kristen Williams teaches in one of the classrooms visited by J.P. and James, and reports: "They were great! They took their time, they showed the pictures from the book just like they were supposed to, and did a fantastic job!"

Having worked in education for 24 years, Young understands the value of visits from these larger-than-life heroes. "The kids were so excited that the Gladiators players took time out of their busy schedule to visit with them, and to show their support for our school’s "Read Across America" activities! The players were great ambassadors for the sport of hockey and the Gwinnett Gladiators. They made our kids feel very special by their visit, and we look forward to doing it again next year!

  • Click HERE to view photos from the visit to Mountain Park Elementary.
  • Click HERE to watch footage from the visit via GladsTV.



  • Murovich Back in Gwinnett
    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have claimed forward Tyler Murovich off of waivers on Tuesday. Murovich had made a name for himself as a fan favorite for the Gladiators from 2011 to 2013, playing in 127 regular- and postseason games for the organization.

    Murovich, 25, had played in 41 games between the Wheeling Nailers and the Orlando Solar Bears this season, scoring 10 points on four goals and six assists. Murovich was released by the Solar Bears on Monday, allowing him to return to the Gladiators.

    "We are excited to have ’Murv’ back here in Gwinnett," said Gladiators Interim Head Coach Andy Brandt. "We know he will come to compete every night and lead both on and off the ice."

    The Pittsburgh, Penn. native first joined Brandt and the Gladiators in 2011-12, playing in 71 regular season games. He was the team’s third leading scorer that year with 47 points on 16 goals and 31 assists.

    The next season, Murovich played in 42 regular season games for Gwinnett (9g, 14a), as well as 18 games for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL. He was one of the Gladiators’ offensive leaders in the ’12-13 postseason, tossing in two goals and three assists in 10 games.

    "’Murv’ does all the little things right on the ice, and that’s why everybody here loves him," added Brandt. "On top of that, he’s such a stand-up guy for the team and the community. It’s easy to see why we’re so happy to have him back."

    The 5-foot-9, 187-pound forward is closing in on his 250th regular season game in the ECHL. He has played in 248 games in the ECHL, and another 64 in the AHL since 2009-10.

    Murovich will join the Gladiators in time for their next game in North Charleston, SC as they take on the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, March 6th at 7:05 p.m. He’ll make his return to Gwinnett on Saturday, March 7th when the Gladiators host the Stingrays for $5 Frenzy Night: Mesh Replica Jerseys at 7:05 p.m.

    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 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 - where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    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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    Photo Credit: Dale Zanine


    Gladiators Outslugged, 5-3
    Saturday, February 28, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Gladiators dropped a 5-3 decision to the Orlando Solar Bears on Saturday night that saw two separate full-ice scrums envelop the game late in the second period. The Gladiators (17-33-3-2) had goals from Zach Yuen, J.P. Labardo, and Dyson Stevenson before the skirmishes and Orlando (26-20-4-2) scored four unanswered after the fights to take the win.

    Things boiled to a head quickly at the 16:18 point of the 2nd period. Geoff Paukovich and Scott Tanski got things started with a fight after a save by Mark Guggenberger. The fight escalated to a full-ice scrum, and then as things were calming back down and the referees were sorting out the penalties, goaltender Garret Sparks challenged Mark Guggenberger from across the ice.

    Before the two could meet, Dyson Stevenson came darting through the zone to meet him and the two engaged in one of the more passionate fights this season. That led to ejections for Stevenson and Sparks, and things weren’t done yet.

    A minute later, at 17:10, Brock Montgomery crashed violently into Guggenberger on a save attempt. Montgomery lowered his shoulder through Guggenberger, tackling him to the ice and leading to a second set of brawling. Patrick MacGregor pulled Montgomery back to the boards, while Alexandre Carrier and Carl Nielsen tried to start separate fights to coax Guggenberger into an ejection situation.

    The Gwinnett goaltender kept his cool, while MacGregor, Carrier, and Nielsen earned ejections for themselves. For starting the fighting and barreling into Guggenberger, Montgomery was punished with two five minute majors and a game misconduct.

    The fights appeared to stunt the Gladiators’ momentum as they held a 3-1 lead to that point. Zach Yuen scored the first Gwinnett goal at 18:09 of the first period. The Gladiators were on a 5-on-3 power play, and Yuen jumped into a loose puck scrum on top of the crease, batting in the goal to tie the score at one.

    On the second half of that power play, J.P. Labardo tipped in another loose puck with just 34 seconds remaining in the period to give the Gladiators the 2-1 lead at the intermission.

    The Gladiators played their best hockey in the first half of the second period, taking eight of the period’s first ten shots. The strong play culminated with Stevenson’s goal at 7:42 from Labardo and Dan O’Donoghue. From there, the battle turned back in Orlando’s favor as they starting getting more physical against Gwinnett.

    While killing off Carrier’s five minute major, Orlando cut the deficit to one with Denver Manderson’s shorthanded goal with a minute remaining in the wild second period.

    Orlando took back the lead with three goals in the third period for the second straight night. First Max Nicastro’s power play point shot at 4:52, then a rare even strength goal from Patrick Watling at 9:01 to take the lead, and finally an empty net goal from Brady Vail with 19 seconds remaining in the game.

    In all, 152 penalty minutes were called between the two teams, with Orlando totaling almost two thirds of that - 97 minutes. Six players were ejected for their roles in the fights, four of them being Solar Bears, including Garret Sparks, who was ejected twice, once from the ice, and again for going into the stands to yell at the Gladiators in the third period.

    Joe Howe was 14-for-14 in relief of Sparks, who allowed three goals on 20 shots. Mark Guggenberger went the whole way for the Gladiators, stopping 37 of the 41 shots against him.

    The Gladiators have one more road game before heading back home to The Arena at Gwinnett Center, as they take on the red-hot South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday, March 6th at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on www.gwinnettgladiators.com/radio and WDUN.com, stream 3, starting at 6:50 p.m.

    Gwinnett will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday, March 7th for $5 Frenzy Night – Mesh Replica Jerseys also against the Stingrays.

    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 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 – where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    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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    Photo Credit: F. Medina/Orlando Solar Bears




    GWT Back in W Column, 4-3
    Friday, February 27, 2015

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The Gladiators (17-32-3-2) picked up a much needed shootout win against the Orlando Solar Bears (25-20-4-1) to snap their 10-game winless streak, 4-3 on Friday night. J.P. Labardo, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, and Sean Berkstresser scored in regulation for Gwinnett, while Dylan Smoskowitz scored the game-winner in the shootout’s sixth round.

    In the shootout, Gwinnett jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third round with Brenden Walker’s strike, the Gladiators’ first shootout tally since January 10th. In the bottom of the fourth, Brock Montgomery managed to get a deceptive wristshot from the top of the slot by Mark Guggenberger to tie things up at one.

    After Pierro-Zabotel was unsuccessful in the top of the fifth, Brady Vail had a chance to win it. Vail deked Guggenberger to his stomach while going to the low slot, and got the puck to his forehand with an empty net at the left post. Somehow Guggenberger managed to get the tip of his right skate on the puck and prevent the game-winning goal.

    In the next round, Dylan Smoskowitz shuttled the puck underneath Joe Howe in his first professional shootout attempt to give Gwinnett the lead back. Guggenberger stoned Patrick Watling in the bottom half of the round to seal the Gladiators’ win - their first since February 6th, also against the Solar Bears.

    Back in the first period, the Gladiators only registered six shots, but they made them worth it. Early in the period, J.P. Labardo took possession deep in the Gladiators’ offensive zone. Shooting from an odd angle behind the left shoulder of Joe Howe, he banked the shot in for his ninth tally of the season.

    Gwinnett kept pressing as the period went on, forcing a Mike Keenan hooking penalty at 10:50. Two seconds after the power play expired, Casey Pierro-Zabotel shot a slapper from the right point that caught Howe off-guard and went underneath him for Pierro-Zabotel’s team-leading 23rd of the season.

    Five minutes into the second, Gladiators starter Kent Patterson made an impressive stretch save on Solar Bears captain Stefan Della Rovere to prevent Orlando from getting on the board, but in the process he appeared to injure himself. Patterson skated off the ice on his own power, but he was done for the night, ceding the crease to Mark Guggenberger the rest of the way.

    The Gladiators registered even fewer shots in the second period, only three, but they only needed one to extend their lead. On their first shot of the period, Sean Berkstresser received a back-pass from Geoff Paukovich at the left circle and hammered in a one-timer at 11:54. For Berkstresser it was his ninth goal of the season, and his 200th professional point.

    The third period got away from Gwinnett, as they coughed up their three goal lead for the first time this season. Denver Manderson fueled the comeback with two goals in just over a minute from one another at 3:12, and then a power play goal at 4:27. Orlando kept up the intense pressure throughout the period, and with Howe pulled from his net with two minutes remaining in regulation, John McInnis found a juicy rebound off an initial shot by Manderson to tie the score.

    Orlando maintained significant pressure in the overtime period, Gwinnett’s third in over a week, but were unable to score, leading to the Gladiators’ winner in the shootout.

    Guggenberger picked up the win in relief, making 31 saves on 34 shots against, and Joe Howe was 13-for-16 in his crease. Patterson was 15-for-15 before exiting early in the second period.

    Both teams will take on one another yet again tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. in the Amway Center. The game will be broadcast on www.gwinnettgladiators.com/radio and WDUN.com, stream 3, starting at 7:45 p.m.

    Gwinnett will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday, March 7th for $5 Frenzy Night – Mesh Replica Jerseys against the South Carolina Stingrays.

    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 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 – where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    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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    Stejskal Rejoins the Glads
    Thursday, February 26, 2015

    The Iowa Wild of the AHL announced that they have released defenseman Joe Stejskal (pronounced STAY-skull) from his Professional Tryout Contract on Thursday, allowing him to return to the Gladiators.

    Stejskal, 26, was signed to a PTO contract with Iowa on February 7th, and played in seven games with the Wild this month, tallying four penalty minutes.

    The defenseman played in 43 games for the Gladiators this season, and was the team’s fourth leading scorer with 20 points (four goals, 16 assists), the most among the team’s blue-liners. He also leads the Gladiators with a +10 plus/minus rating, and was the ECHL’s Plus Performer for the month of January with a +13 along with teammate Eric Springer.

    A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Stejskal has played in 235 professional games with eight goals and 44 assists to his name. He played in his 100th career AHL match on Tuesday in Iowa’s 6-2 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins.

    Stejskal joins the Gladiators ahead of their two-game set with the Orlando Solar Bears, which begins on Friday the 27th at 8:00 p.m. The Gladiators’ next home game will be on Saturday, March 7th for $5 Mesh Replica Jersey Frenzy Night against the South Carolina Stingrays.

    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 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 - where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    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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    Photo Credit: Dale Zanine


    CPZ, Patterson ECHL Winners
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    The ECHL announced on Wednesday the winner for each of the 21 teams participating in the 2014-15 ECHL Fantasy Team, presented by The MeiGray Group, as well as the goaltenders who will be participating for each of the League’s 28 teams in the Golden Goalie Program.

    Gladiators Forward and Alternate Captain Casey Pierro-Zabotel was named to the Fantasy Team while Goaltender Kent Patterson got the nod for the Golden Goalie program. Casey and Kent will wear their special jerseys during the Saturday, March 7th home game against South Carolina.

    Fans had the opportunity to vote on ECHL.com for one player on each ECHL member team’s ballot to help select the 2014-15 Fantasy Team. The winning player will wear a special ECHL Fantasy Team jersey at an upcoming home game.

    A goaltender for each team will also participate in the MeiGray Golden Goalie Program. The starting goaltender for each team on the preselected date will wear a special jersey.

    Both the Fantasy Team skater and the Golden Goalie will wear a specially-designed jersey on the designated date. Dates are subject to change based on player availability.

    Each of the Fantasy Team skater and MeigGray goaltender jerseys will be available for bid through The MeiGray Group. Jerseys will be available for bid starting on Tuesday, March 17

    The schedule of teams, as well as the winning skater and the participating goaltender, is listed below. In the event that the winner for a team is unable to play in the preselected game, the second-place vote-getter from that team will wear the special jersey.

    About The MeiGray Group

    The leading distributor of game-worn hockey jerseys, The MeiGray Group has sold more than 7,000 ECHL game-worn jerseys since 2002-03.

    The MeiGray Group, which has sold more than 50,000 game-worn jerseys since its inception in 1997, partners with USA Hockey and directs the NHL-MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program. MeiGray Group also partners with the National Basketball Association.

    About the ECHL
    Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 559 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 18 who made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.





    GWT Grabs a Point vs FLA
    Wednesday, February 25, 2015

    ESTERO, Fla. - In their final game at Germain Arena in the 2014-15 season, the Gladiators outplayed the Florida Everblades for the majority of the game, but it was Florida that picked up the W on Wednesday, 3-2 in the shootout. Casey Pierro-Zabotel notched his team-leading 22nd goal of the season, and Brenden Walker had a goal and an assist.

    The Everblades came bursting out of the gate to start action, registering the first four shots on net in the game’s opening minutes. On the fourth shot, Jesse Graham scored his first ECHL goal by crashing into Mark Guggenberger at 2:53 on the power play. Just before the two collided to Guggenberger’s left, the puck squirted underneath Guggenberger and in.

    Gwinnett played the remainder of the first period well, taking a 9-to-8 shots advantage to the break, but Florida would extend their lead in the second. Brant Harris tapped in a one-timer on a pass from Jordan Henry through the crease. Harris’ goal at 7:17 made it 2-0 Florida, but the Gladiators would chomp back after that.

    At 12:58, Brenden Walker slapped a shot on Iles from the top of the zone. Casey Pierro-Zabotel grabbed the puck from out in front, dangled a forehand-backhand combination, and then lifted the puck easily on the backhand over the sprawling Iles to cut the deficit to one.

    Over a minute later, the first line would strike again, this time with Walker finishing the play. Garry Nunn started the play with an impressive forecheck steal at the top of the zone and drew the frantic Everblades defense to the left circle. He then threaded a pass across the zone to Walker, who was left unguarded. Walker held on to the puck as he entered the low slot, and then wristed the tog drag shot underneath the crossbar at 14:39.

    Following a scoreless third, the game would reach overtime, Gwinnett’s second in a week, but not before a heart attack before the buzzer. Steven Whitney pulled a steal off the stick of newest Gladiator Patrick McEachen, and was off to the races on a breakaway with five seconds left. Mark Guggenberger aggressively challenged out of his crease and made his most important save of the night, robbing Whitney at the left post as the clock expired.

    Neither side scored in the overtime, even with a full two-minute, 4-on-3 power play for Gwinnett. In the shootout, the Gladiators’ second of the year, Florida swept the first three rounds, with Mike Marquardt, Alex Lavoie, and Mitch Wahl all scoring on their chances, and Iles stoning Walker, Pierro-Zabotel, and Will MacDonald.

    In the end, Gwinnett outshot Florida 32-30, with Mark Guggenberger making 27 saves to Andy Iles’ 30. The Gladiators were 0-for-7 on the power play, and the second-ranked Everblades’ power play only scored once on five opportunities.

    The Gladiators will now head from the Gulf Coast of Florida to the Atlantic Coast to take on the Orlando Solar Bears for the first time at the Amway Center this season. Their first game will be at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 27th. The game will be broadcast on www.gwinnettgladiators.com/radio and WDUN.com, stream 3, starting at 7:45 p.m.

    Gwinnett will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday, March 7th for $5 Frenzy Night – Mesh Replica Jerseys against the South Carolina Stingrays.

    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 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 – where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s “One and Only” professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    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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    Photo Credit: Al Larson



    Gladiators Acquire McEachen
    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    The Gladiators announced on Tuesday that they have acquired defenseman Patrick McEachen (pronounced mick-KEY-an) from the Florida Everblades, retroactive to Saturday.

    The 24-year-old McEachen has played in 21 games for the Everblades this year, his first professional season. He has notched three assists to go along with his 20 penalty minutes and a -5 plus/minus rating.

    A native of Stouffville, Ontario, the defenseman played for four seasons with Queens University in Kingston, Ontario from 2010 to 2014. In all, he totaled 39 points on 11 goals and 28 assists over 91 games with the Golden Gaels.

    Before the 2014-15 season began, McEachen spent time in the Carolina Hurricanes prospect camp and played for the Hurricanes in the Traverse City Prospects Tournament in September.

    McEachen joins the Gladiators ahead of their next game, a 7:30 p.m. tilt against his former team, the Florida Everblades, in Estero, Fla. on Wednesday, February 25th. The Gladiators’ next home game will be on Saturday, March 7th for $5 Mesh Replica Jersey Frenzy Night against the South Carolina Stingrays.

    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 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 - where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    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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    Photo Courtesy of David Albers, Naples Daily News



    O’Donoghue Returns to GWT
    Monday, February 23, 2015

    The Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Gwinnett Gladiators, have announced that Arizona Coyotes prospect Dan O’Donoghue was assigned to the Gladiators on Monday.

    For O’Donoghue, 24, this is his third assignment to Gwinnett this season. The forward played in the Gladiators’ first game on October 18th in Evansville before being recalled to Portland. He then played in four games for the Gladiators at the end of November, picking up his first professional goal on November 25th, a 4-1 win over the South Carolina Stingrays.

    The Port Jefferson, NY native has played in 16 games for the Pirates this year, registering two penalty minutes and a -3 plus/minus rating. Prior to his professional career, O’Donoghue played in 155 games for Mercyhurst University of the Atlantic Hockey Association. He scored a total of 45 goals and 74 assists for the Lakers, with his best season coming in his senior year (15g, 28a, +16).

    O’Donoghue will join the Gladiators ahead of their next game, a 7:30 p.m. tilt with the Florida Everblades in Estero, Fla. on Wednesday, February 25th. The Gladiators’ next home game will be on Saturday, March 7th for $5 Mesh Replica Jersey Frenzy Night against the South Carolina Stingrays.

    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 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 - where parking is always free.

    As Atlanta’s "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

    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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