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Follow the Glads on Snapchat!
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

The Glads are on Snapchat! Access, or download, the Snapchat app and add us by username (GladsHockey) or via the Snap code below. This year, Glads HQ plans to give fans a behind the scenes look at the making of our 2015-2016 season. Get a first person perspective on the ’Gladiator’ process and see the season progress before your very eyes. From off-season tasks through training camp and of course tons of BTS action during the season, we’ll give you access you won’t find anywhere else.

Plus - follow the Glads on Snapchat for a chance to win a FREE Gladiators Official Game Puck! We’ll pick 5 lucky winners out of any new followers from today (7/7) through this Sunday (7/12)!







200+ Team Reps Attend Mtgs
Monday, July 06, 2015

A record attendance of over 200 representatives from the 28 ECHL teams, including several owners, presidents and general managers, as well as representatives from nine Southern Professional Hockey League teams, attended the 20th Annual Sales, Marketing and Communications Meetings presented by Essensa at The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 25-26, 2015.

Keynote speakers were Frank Miceli, Senior Vice President of Sales and Franchise Business Operations of the San Antonio Spurs, who spoke about 10 Tips for Success in the Sports Business and Shaun Graham of Synergy Sales Solutions, who presented on selling sport to businesses. ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna provided his annual "State of the ECHL" address while Ryan Crelin, Senior Vice President of Business Operations, spoke about Selling your ECHL Brand.

Jim Delaney, President and CEO of Activate Sports & Entertainment, presented a breakout session on leveraging social and digital for partnership activation while Charles Melillo of NeuLion and Mike "JB" John-Baptiste of SendtoNews focused on generating revenue from video content. Rob Montpere of The Fur Circus led a session on bringing your brand outside of the arena.

Mark Iralson, co-founder of Game Changer 23, presented breakouts on game operations as entertainment while Dewayne Hankins, Vice President of Marketing & Digital for the Portland Trail Blazers led sessions on mobile platforms and creating your own content.

In addition to his keynote speech, Graham led breakouts on managing staff to your strengths and on business sales techniques while Ken Troupe of Sportsdesk Media presented on digital demographics to drive tickets.

Bill Guertin, CEO of The 800 Pound Gorilla, presented sessions on crafting sales emails, laying the renewal groundwork, contact as the renewal silver bullet, and finding new customers while Steve Delay, co-creator of The Ultimate Toolkit, led a breakout on themes and groups for sellouts.

A merchandise and retail forum was presented by ECHL licensed vendors.

For the 11th year in a row, AMI Graphics, the "Exclusive Signage Company of the ECHL", awarded a complete set of dasher board and under-ice graphics to an attending team, which was won by the Rapid City Rush for the 2015-16 season.

The annual welcome receptions and vendor’s showcase presented by CCM, which highlighted over 36 companies, provided an opportunity for teams to view products from League vendors and licensees. The Fur Circus sponsored lunch during the event for attendees.

The week also included the fourth annual ECHL Career Fair, presented by TeamWork Online. Nearly 30 candidates from across the country, along with 14 ECHL teams, attended the fair with multiple candidates receiving job offers on site.

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 21 states and one Canadian province for its 28th season in 2015-16. There have been 569 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 28 who made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL had 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.

This story originally appeared on ECHL.com July 6th



Glads Front Office Closed
Friday, June 26, 2015

The Gladiators Front Office will be closed from Monday, June 29th through Friday, July 3rd as both a reward for having met a organizational record sales goal during the 14-15 season, as well as in observance of the 4th of July holiday.

Any Glads Gear orders placed online during this time will be promptly mailed out via USPS Priority Mail on Monday, July 6th.

The Front Office will reopen on Monday, July 6th at 8:30 AM.

Have a safe and wonderful 4th of July, Glads Nation!


Hawk-A-Pella Sings for the GG
Thursday, June 25, 2015

"Hawk-a-Pella", the Mill Creek High School Chorus group, performed at the Gladiators game on February 3rd, providing fans with another fantastic performance! This ensemble, made up of junior and senior students sang both the National Anthem and God Bless America at that evening’s game against Orlando. This is the 2nd straight year the "Hawks" have joined the Gladiators at a game.

Seen here receiving their fund raising money are Chorus Teacher Ms. Stephanie Archer and her students, along with Jim Hall, the Gladiators Director of Community Relations.

If your School or Group is interested in performing at the Gladiators home game next Season, please contact the Gladiators Front Office at (770) 497-5100 or via e-mail at hockey@gwinnettgladiators.com.




Air Force Takes Flight with GG
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Gladiators are excited to announce a partnership with the U.S. Air Force for the 2015-2016 season. The Air Force will be a presenting sponsor of the 2nd Period of Play at all Gladiators home games this season. They will also be present at some of the biggest games of the season - including Military Appreciation Day on Sunday, November 5th.

"We are thrilled to have the Air Force as a partner for our 15-16 campaign" said Mike Miller, Gladiators Director of Corporate Partnerships "We are also so thankful for everything they do for our country".

The mission of the U.S. Air Force is to fly, fight and win in Air, Space and Cyberspace. For 2015, the Air Force Recruiting Service is hiring over 21,000 new Airmen. An emphasis is on recruiting people with no prior military service into one of about 140 enlisted career opportunities. The Air Force recruits to retain, so we recruit the brightest candidates possible, them provide them with tough, highly technical training that gives them the right skills to sustain the combat capability of America’s Air Force. For more information about Air Force benefits and opportunities, go to www.airforce.com.

If your company would like more information about partnering with the Gladiators for the upcoming season, contact Mike Miller at 770-497-5117.




Joey’s Toy Box Receives Bears
Monday, June 22, 2015

For the second season in a row, Gladiators Majority Owner Toby Jeffreys recently delivered bags of stuffed critters to our friends at Joey’s Toy Box. Located in Newnan, where Toby resides, JTB made contact with Jim Hall, the Gladiators Director of Community Relations, two seasons ago for an event they were planning. Jim spoke with Kim Doolittle, founder of Joey’s Toy Box (and mom to Joey) to coordinate the contribution from the team and also thought to mention our Teddy Bear Toss program. Kim was thrilled to benefit from our fan’s generosity and the rest, they say, is history!!

A little bit about Joey’s Toy Box...

Joey’s Toy Box provides support for the Child Life programs at the Aflac Children’s Cancer Centers and the Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta. The Child Life programs help children get through their medical treatments and procedures, which are often extremely intense for the kids. The medical procedures that these brave kids endure - sometimes on a daily basis include chemotherapy, radiation, blood transfusions, and various other surgical procedures.

If a child has had a particularly rough experience, he/she can go to the toy closet and pick out a special toy or stuffed animal to take home. However, the Child Life Programs do have a limited budget and rely mainly on donations the they receive during the holidays. This is where Joey wanted to step in. Being a lifelong cancer patient himself, he knew how important the toys were during his incredibly harsh treatments. He definitely did not want the cancer centers and hospitals to ever run out of toys for the other kids.

"The Gladiators would like to thank Joey’s Toy Box for helping to donate some of the many stuffed animals we gathered this season! We applaud their efforts on behalf of Aflac Children’s Cancer Centers and the Children’s Healthcare Of Atlanta, as well as Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital Atlanta, Egleston Children’s Hospital Atlanta, and Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Atlanta," said Jim Hall.

Thanks, as always, to Gladiators Nation for their amazing support of the community programs the Glads participate in. Your countless donations of stuffed animals season after season at our annual Teddy Bear Toss Night then allows us to make our way around the Metro Atlanta area leaving a ton of smiling little faces in our wake.



All 4 Seasons Airship Returns
Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Gladiators are excited to announce that longtime corporate partner All Four Seasons Garage Doors has inked a contract extension for the 2015-2016 season.

All Four Seasons will once again sponsor the fan favorite Gladiators Airship. The "Gwin-denburg" will resume it’s duty at Glads home games with pre-game and intermission flight plans, dropping coupons and prizes from multiple team partners to waiting fans below!

Find out more information about their great selection of garage doors for both residential and commercial on-line at www.allfourseasonsgarages.com.

If your company would like more information about partnering with the Gladiators for the 2015-2016 season, contact Mike Miller at 770-497-5117 or visit the Gladiators official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com.


Kids Club Sign-Ups Underway
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Want to get your child excited about the game of hockey and get up close and personal with Gladiators players? The Maximus Kids Club is just what the doctor ordered! As a club member, kids ages 2-12 receive tickets to seven games throughout the season along with a t-shirt, membership card, autographed birthday card from the team and many other benefits.

Each member also receives special invitations to "Kids Club only" events with their favorite Gladiators periodically throughout the season.

The standard kids club membership starts at only $35 per child but can be upgraded to premium/attack level seating for $70 per child.

For more information about the coolest club in town contact Chris Leverett, Kids Club Director, at 770-497-5107 or click HERE to sign your child up today.



Seasons-End Roster Released
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the team’s season ending roster today. By ECHL rule, teams are allowed a maximum of 20 players on the final roster, but those who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2014-2015 may not be included (i.e. players who were under contract to teams in either the National Hockey League or the American Hockey League).

After completing their remaining future consideration trades on Monday, the Gladiators submitted a final roster of 20 players: Kevin Albers, Daniel Bahntge, Ian Barteaux, Art Bidlevskii, Nathan Burns, Justin Buzzeo, Todd Fiddler, Thomas Frazee, Ryan Hegarty, Brock Higgs, Jacob Johnston, Alexander Lavoie, Brandon Maclean, Eric Meland, Mike Merrifield, Matt Register, Tyler Shiplo, Jeff Silengo, Eric Springer, and Zach Yuen.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1st. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2015-2016 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1st.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until August 1st, at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until August 1st. After August 1st, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by August 31st, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in October 2015. For ticket 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. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and 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) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators)

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Glads Sew Up Trade Deals
Monday, June 15, 2015

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the completion of their six outstanding future consideration trades on Monday. All but one of the deals originally took place during the week of March 9th, leading up to the ECHL’s Trade Deadline during the afternoon of March 12th.

The rights to Defenseman Matt Register and Forward Todd Fiddler were acquired from the Ontario Reign to complete the Garry Nunn trade back from March 11th. Register, who just wrapped up his third season with the Reign, was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 2015. The Alberta native was also named to the All-ECHL First Team in 2014 and received ECHL Defenseman of the Year honors that same season. Fiddler spent the bulk of the 14-15 season with the Quad City Mallards, scoring 13 goals and 14 assists in 50 games, before being traded to Ontario in early March.
The Gladiators also received Defenseman Ryan Hegarty and Forward Thomas Frazee’s rights from the Greenville Road Warriors to complete a trade that saw forward Scott Arnold come to Gwinnett earlier this year, in exchange for forward Anthony Luciani. Hegarty spent the past two seasons with Greenville, appearing in 68 games last year as an Assistant Captain and amassing 34 points off of 10 goals and 24 assists. Frazee scored 41 points in 70 games played in 14-15.

To complete a trade with Florida that sent Casey Pierro-Zabotel to the Everblades in exchange for forwards Jeff Silengo and Jason Wilson, the Gladiators also receive the rights to forward Alex Lavoie. The Anjou, Quebec native appeared in 67 games for Florida, notching 21 goals and 36 assists for 57 points. Lavoie registered his 100th career point on January 13th in Greenville.

In exchange for goaltender Mark Guggenberger, Gwinnett receives the rights to defenseman Ian Barteaux from the Fort Wayne Komets. After completing five seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, where he won the CIS National Championship in his senior year, Barteaux joined the Komets for his rookie campaign in 14-15 collecting 69 penalty minutes in 47 games to go along with a +3 plus/minus rating.

Defenseman Jacob Johnston’s rights have been acquired from the Utah Grizzlies to complete the March 9th Brendan Walker trade. Johnston played in ten games with the Greenville Road Warriors in 14-15 before joining Utah for 59 match-ups, amassing 40 points over the course of his 69 games played.

Finally, to complete a February 6th trade that sent Anthony Perdicaro to the Wichita Thunder, the Gladiators receive the rights to Eric Meland. The defenseman appeared in 61 games with the Thunder this past season, scoring seven goals and 29 assists for 36 points.
Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt said of the transactions, "These assets we’ve acquired are the end result of our major roster overhaul from March. We’re looking forward to incorporating these players into our plans for the upcoming season, and hope to see a direct impact from the transactions we’ve made."

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in October 2015. For ticket 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. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and 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) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators)

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