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MLL is Coming to Atlanta
Friday, August 22, 2014

On Saturday, August 23rd, the Major League Lacrosse Championship game will be played at 5/3 Bank Stadium on the Campus of Kennesaw State University. The Denver Outlaws will face off against the Rochester Rattlers for MLL supremacy.

Jim Hall, the Gladiators Director of Community Relations, and Head Coach Rick Emmett will be at the MLL "Fan Zone" between 4-7 PM to discuss the upcoming Gladiators 2014-2015 Season. They will have information on Season Ticket Plans, Group Discounts, and Kidís Activities. The Championship game will start at 7:00 PM, after the Fan Zone closes.

For additional information and ticket prices, please contact Maggie Gendernalik in the Kennesaw State University Ticket Office at: (770) 794-7990 or via e-mail at: mgendern@kennesaw.edu.



Preseason Schedule Set
Thursday, August 21, 2014

Gwinnett Gladiators fans will get their first chance to see their new 2014-15 squad in action with two preseason exhibition matches scheduled at home against their nearest division rivals in early October.

The Gladiators look to further enhance their positioning as "Atlantaís One and Only" professional hockey team by reaching out to fans in surrounding counties such as Cobb, Fulton, Forsyth, DeKalb, and other North Georgia communities. The initial exhibition game on Friday, Oct. 10th will be the first time the Gladiators play a home match outside of Gwinnett County, as they take on the South Carolina Stingrays at The Cooler in Alpharetta (http://www.coolerathletics.com) at 7:00 p.m.

Two days later, on Sunday, Oct. 12th, the team will host the Greenville Road Warriors at their official practice facility and training camp rink, the IceForum in Duluth (http://www.iceforum.com) at 5:30 p.m. Both The Cooler and the IceForum will accept donations to benefit their respective youth hockey organizations as admission.

Throughout the first half of October, the Gladiators will continue their tradition of holding training camp at the IceForum in preparation for the regular season. They will open the regular season in Evansville, Ind. on Saturday, Oct. 18th. The team will return to the Arena at Gwinnett Center the next weekend to open their 2014-15 home schedule with the beginning of a six game home stand.

First up will be the Wheeling Nailers on Friday, Oct. 24th at 7:35 p.m. for Opening Night with magnetic schedule hand-outs. (Please note that all Friday home games will begin at 7:35 p.m. this season.) The next night, the Gladiators will take on the Road Warriors at 7:05 for Calendar Giveaway Night at the Arena.

Gladiators season tickets, partial plans, and group outing opportunities are all still available for Opening Weekend and the rest of the 2014-15 season. Call the Gladiators front office at (770) 497-5100 or visit GwinnettGladiators.com for more information.

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).

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Glads Acccept ALS Challenge
Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Gladiators were challenged Tuesday to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge by Glads Nation member Kelly Parsons. Representing the Gladiators were Front Office Staffers Christi Johnson and Chris Leverett, and a donation was made to the ALS in honor of the late Harrison Leverett Sr.

The Glads have challenged the Front Office Staff of the Greenville Road Warriors, Dustin Bixby of Atlanta Motor Speedway, and Christine Troyke of the Gwinnett Daily Post. They now have 24 hours to make nice with some ICE!!

Click on the graphic below to watch the video...




Berkstresser Joins Glads
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

An integral leadership position was filled for the Gwinnett Gladiators with the signing of veteran forward Sean Berkstresser on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old joins the Gladiators after six seasons spent with the Greenville Road Warriors/Johnstown Chiefs organization. He holds the record for most games played in a Road Warriors jersey (262), and was named the team’s captain last season.

"It’s an honor to be a part of this organization and to be a Gladiator," said Berkstresser. "I’m excited to get training camp started and lead this year’s team through a winning season, and onto a Kelly Cup victory."

In 399 ECHL games, Berkstresser has collected 179 points (72g, 107a) and 485 penalty minutes. He has also chipped in 15 points (6g, 9a) in 37 postseason contests, all within the last four seasons.

"One of our goals going into this season was to improve our leadership, our grit - our determination. Sean’s game can be pretty well defined in those terms," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "We think that he is one of the key pieces to the team puzzle. He brings experience and leadership. Equally important, he’s looking to accomplish the same things that we are as an organization. He’s not messing around. He’s wants to win and win now."

The Apollo, Pennsylvania native began his professional career in 2008 with the Wheeling Nailers, playing in eight games after the conclusion of his playing career at Robert Morris University. In his four years at the Division I school, Berkstresser gathered 32 goals and 45 assists (77 points) in 128 games.

Berkstresser is the latest signing in what has been a busy off-season for the Gladiators. He joins Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Brenden Walker, and Nathan Burns in the growing group of forwards. The team has also signed defensemen Daniel Spivak (SPEE-vack), Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), Tony DeHart, and goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger) this summer.

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s 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 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 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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Montgomery ES Earns Check
Monday, August 18, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators recently visited Montgomery Elementary School, located in DeKalb county, to present the school with a fundraising check for $1010. The school earned the money when the chorus performed the American Nation Anthem prior to the March 29 game vs. Greenville during the 13-14 season.

According to Mikal Tecle, Chorus Teacher, the funds raised will be used to purchase sheet music and other classroom supplies for the chorus program.

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.


Gladiators Welcome Burns
Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of forward Nathan Burns for the 2014-15 season on Thursday.

Burns, 21, joins the Gladiators after five seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Vancouver Giants, Saskatoon Blades, and Swift Current Broncos. Over 309 career WHL games, Burns has tallied 195 points (75g, 120a) and 254 penalty minutes. He also has reached the playoffs four times, most recently with Swift Current this past spring, when he chipped in four goals and three assists in six games.

"He is a big body that can play center and the wing," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "Our head coach, Rick Emmett, worked with our AHL affiliate in Portland to get him into the Arizona Coyotes prospect camp earlier this summer, and everyone was impressed by what they saw from him. His stats show that he can put the puck in the net and he brings a solid 200 foot game. We’re excited about his potential."

In addition to his time with the Coyotes in July, the native of Edmonton, Alberta has been invited to the annual Traverse City Tournament by the New York Rangers. The prospect tournament takes place every September in Michigan, staged by eight NHL clubs as a way to showcase young, promising talent.

Burns is the youngest Gladiator currently under contract, and joins Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, and Brenden Walker in the stable of forwards. The team has also signed defensemen Daniel Spivak (SPEE-vack), Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), Tony DeHart, and goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger) this summer.

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s 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 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 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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DeHart Added to Blue Line
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of defenseman Tony DeHart for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.

DeHart, a fifth-round draft pick (125th overall) of the New York Islanders in 2010, split his time last season with the now-defunct St. Charles Chill of the CHL and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, scoring 12 points (2g, 10a) over 19 total games with the two squads. In 129 professional contests, the 24-year-old has 54 points (11g, 43a) and 123 penalty minutes to his name.

"One of our goals from a player personnel standpoint this season is to upgrade our defensive core and Tony is another step in that direction," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "He brings a big body with good hands and solid offensive potential. Equally important is what we have been told of him concerning his drive and character. He fought his way back through a nagging knee issue last year and is looking to prove that he’s back to form."

The Ballwin, Missouri native had a breakout sophomore season in 2012-13, scoring 30 points (5g, 25a) over 62 games with the Stockton Thunder, tied for second-most among their defensemen. That year he also played in all 23 of the Thunder’s playoff matches during the team’s run up to the Kelly Cup Finals.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman played for five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, his first two years with the London Knights before moving on to the Oshawa Generals, where he was named to the OHL All-Star Game in 2009-10. In 261 total OHL games, DeHart registered 116 points (23g, 93a) and 302 penalty minutes.

DeHart is the latest player to sign with Gwinnett, joining fellow defensemen Daniel Spivak (SPEE-vack) and Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), forwards Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, and Brenden Walker, and goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger).

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s 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 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 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 to Appear at The Ice
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Jim Hall, the Gladiators Director of Community Relations, will be at The Ice in Cumming on Wednesday - August 13th from 5 to 8 PM. Jim will have information about the upcoming 2014-2015 Season including schedules, Ticket Plan Info, Group Night Pricing, Youth Hockey/Team Party Info, and details on our affordable Family Plans.


GCPS Raises Scholarship Funds
Monday, August 11, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators welcomed Gwinnett County Public Schools to two games this past season (Saturday, November 23rd and Saturday, February 1st) as part of the Glads Fundraiser Program. Gladiators Account Executive Doug Bushnell stopped by recently to present Kelly Herndon with a check for $963.50, which will go towards the Gwinnett County Public Schools Scholarship Fund.

If you would like to learn more about how your school or group can be part of the Gladiators Fundraiser Program, please contact the Gladiators Front Office at 770-497-5100.



Walker Returns to Gwinnett
Saturday, August 09, 2014

A season after leading the Gwinnett Gladiators in lighting the lamp, forward Brenden Walker has re-signed with the team for the 2014-15 season, the Gladiators announced on Saturday.

Walker, who turned 22 on June 26th, also scored 22 goals for Gwinnett last season, and added 14 assists to total 36 points - good for sixth on the squad. He book-ended the Gladiators season by scoring the team’s first goal of the year in an October 18th loss to Greenville, and scoring the team’s final goal on April 12th, a game where he notched the Gladiators’ lone hat trick of the year.

The native of St. Anne, Manitoba had his rookie season effectively split in half when he had to fly home in mid-December because of a death in his close-knit family. Walker returned to the team nearly three weeks later, the day after Christmas, and quickly returned to form. Down the stretch, the forward scored a goal in seven of the team’s last 11 contests, totaling 10 goals and four assists over that period.

"We are very excited to have Brenden back with us this season. He is an exceptional talent and a quality individual," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "There were some learning phases that Walks made his way through last season. He also had to deal with some personal loss in his family. That’s a lot on a young pro.

"But, as the season progressed and he adjusted and overcame, we think he really began to show what he is capable of doing. He can be one of the best players on the ice every night when he makes that commitment. We think that this could be a break-out year for him."

Walker started his professional career as a part of the Arizona (then-Phoenix) Coyotes Training Camp in September 2013, before receiving a prospect assignment to the Gladiators in early October. Prior last season, he flourished for four years in Canada’s Western Hockey League, scoring 93 goals and 135 assists over 269 games.

Walker joins a burgeoning group of forwards already under contract in Duluth, along with Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, and Casey Pierro-Zabotel. The team has also signed defensemen Daniel Spivak (SPEE-vack) and Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), and goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger).

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s 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 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 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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