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Limited Anthem Dates Remain
Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ever dreamed of having your school or church choir, or other choral ensemble, sing the National Anthem in front of thousands before the big game? The Gladiators can give you that chance at stardom! With very limited availability, our available game nights will book up fast.

The Gladiators Anthem/Performance Program offers you the chance to perform either the National Anthem (every game), Canadian National Anthem (on Saturday nights), or God Bless America during the 1st intermission (on select dates.) Only one group per available anthem, per available game night, is allowed to perform, giving your choir the chance to shine.

The requirement to book a performance is a minimum of 50 group tickets purchased. Participating singers are required to have a ticket, per arena entrance policy, but we encourage our groups to invite family members, friends, and supporters of the school, church, or choral group you’re a part of. You’d be amazed how fast those 50 tickets go, and we’re always happy to help you plan for a larger group of "fans." You’ll be sat together, excluding when the choir is temporarily relocated in the arena bowl for the performance, and can enjoy a great night of fun and fellowship.

To inquire about available dates, get additional info, or begin planning your group with the Gladiators - contact our front office at 770-497-5100 (8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday) or via email at hockey(at)gwinnettgladiators.com.



NFMS Band Sells 300+ Tickets
Tuesday, July 28, 2015

On January 24th, the North Forsyth Middle School Band brought their instruments - and talents - to the arena for the Gladiators game against division rival Florida. The school used its 1st Intermission performance of "God Bless America" as the catalyst for their very successful Glads Fundraiser. The 80-person band had over 300 friends and family members in attendance for that evening’s "concert."

Mike Miller, Director of Corporate Partnerships, stopped by the school right before summer break to present Band Director Eddie Anthony and his student band with a check for $1,475.

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



GG Donate Record # of Bears
Monday, July 27, 2015

On the night of February 7, 2015 the Gladiators squared off again the Orlando Solar Bears for their annual Teddy Bear Toss Game. A Gladiator - and hockey - tradition, fans are encouraged to bring new and gently used Stuffed Animals to the arena in preparation to toss them on the ice once the Glads score their first goal. Brendan Walker had the honor of sending the fur flying when he put the puck past Goaltender Garret Sparks at the 8:30 mark of the 1st Period.

Glads fans came from both near and far (thanks Jed!) to create a massive downpour of critters. So much so, in fact, that the Gladiators donated a record number of 181 bags of stuffed animals to various Metro Atlanta Agencies and Organizations:

• Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
• The Mason Clinic
• Fragile Kids Foundation
• Spectrum Ministries
• BB Harris ES
• The Book Bank Foundation
• Relay for Life - Gwinnett Center
• The Taylor Brooks Foundation
• Gwinnett County Fire Department
• Hart County Foster Parents Association
• For My Sisters
• American Legion Post 251
• Salvation Army
• Joey’s Toy Box
• Dobbins ARB - Family Service Operations
• Lift Up Atlanta
• Prince of Peace Catholic Church / Knights of Columbus
• St. Joseph’s Hospital

We couldn’t have done it without YOU, Glads Nation! As always, we thank you so much for both your generosity and your support of our organization and it’s endeavors.






GA Fitness Deal Signed
Friday, July 24, 2015

The Gladiators are pleased to announce that they have finalized their deal with Georgia Fitness, extending their team partnership. The local business will again be the Official Workout Facility of the Gladiators for the 2015-2016 season.

Georgia Fitness (formerly Bodyplex) has been a dedicated partner of the organization since their inaugural year. Many of the Gladiators employees consider Georgia Fitness, with their multiple locations in the North Metro Atlanta area, to be their "home gym" year round.

Check out their locations in Suwanee and Sugar Hill and get more information on-line at www.georgiafitness.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.



Glads Ink Fiddler, Barteaux
Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Forward Todd Fiddler and Defenseman Ian Barteaux have agreed to terms with the Gladiators for the 2015-2016 season, the team announced on Tuesday. The rights to Todd Fiddler (along with Defenseman Matt Register) were acquired from the Ontario Reign back in June, completing the Garry Nunn trade deadline deal. Fiddler spent most 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 forward enjoyed a successful five year junior career in the WHL, capped off by his scoring 98 points (50G, 48A) in 66 games played during the 2013-2014 season. "If you look at Todd’s numbers from juniors, you can see he’s a pure goal scorer, " said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. " We believe he has that same ability to contribute offensively in the pro game. "Ian Barteaux (pronounced bar-TOE) joins the squad after the Gladiators received his rights from the Fort Wayne Komets, also back in June. The 6-foot defenseman completed five seasons with the University of Alberta Golden Bears, where he won the CIS National Championship in his senior year, before joining the Komets for his rookie campaign last season. Barteaux appeared in 47 games for Fort Wayne, amassing 69 penalty minutes and a +3 plus/minus rating. "Barteaux is a big, strong defenseman that plays a mature game," added Brandt. "He’s the guy that will play against opponents top lines but also contribute offensively."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. 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey". -###-


Bears Earn Bucks for Chorus
Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Gladiators welcomed Twin Rivers Middle School in Buford to their game against the South Carolina Stingrays on Friday, March 13th as part of the Gladiators Fundraiser Program sponsored by Peggy Slappey Properties. Gladiators Account Executive Doug Bushnell stopped by Twin Rivers right before the end of the school year to present Chorus Director Christopher Strickland and the chorus with a check for $1,367.

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.


Glads Ink Patterson for 15-16
Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Goaltender Kent Patterson will return to the Gladiators for the 2015-2016 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Patterson, 25, joined the Gladiators in January, after starting the season with the Orlando Solar Bears. In 37 ECHL games played last season Patterson accrued a 9-20-5 record, a 3.35 goals-against average, and a .899 save percentage. In 13-14, Patterson played in 40 regular season games for the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL, picking up 23 wins, a 2.71 GAA, and a .922 SV% as he led the team to the league’s Presidents’ Cup Finals.

"We are glad to have Patterson back for this season," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "He is a high quality goalie who is better than his record last season indicates. I’m excited for Kent to have the chance this year to truly showcase his level of talent between the pipes."

The Plymouth, Minnesota native was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Prior to starting his professional career, the netminder played for four years at the University of Minnesota.

"I’m excited to come back to play for such a loyal fan base," Patterson said. "I look forward to helping the organization be one of the most competitive and successful teams in the ECHL next season."

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. 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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YP Back for 2015-2016
Monday, July 13, 2015

The Gladiators are excited to announce the return of YP, an integral part of Glads Nation from year one, as a marketing partner again for the 2015-2016 season. YP will continue to sponsor the Keys to the Game segment prior to every home game, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to the arena to catch all the details on what you need to know for that evening’s match-up.

Also, as we get closer to Opening Weekend - October 23rd and 24th - be on the lookout for details on YP’s new promotion - The YP Cross Check Experience. Handled solely through the YP App, Glads Fans will have the chance to win exclusive Gladiator experiences to create their own personal moments of wow.

For more information on how YP can help your business, please visit them at www.yp.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.




ECHL BOG Adjusts OT Format
Thursday, July 09, 2015

The Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting was held at The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas at the end of June. A handful of items regarding the 2015-2016 were decided upon in those sessions...

Change to overtime/shootout format

The Board of Governors approved the following changes to the overtime and shootout format in the regular season.

Overtime will consist of five minutes of "sudden death" in a 3-on-3 format. If neither team scores during the overtime period, the game will proceed to a shootout. The number of shooters per team in the shootout has been reduced to three. After each team has taken three shots, if the score remains tied, the shootout will proceed to a "sudden death" format.

The "spin-o-rama" move has been eliminated from the shootout. Should a player score a goal in the shootout while making such a move, the goal will not be allowed.

Two referees for all Kelly Cup Playoff games

The Board of Governors has approved the use of two referees for all games during the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The two-referee system has been used during the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals in each of the past three seasons.

Adjustment to end zone hash marks

The Board of Governors approved changing the distance of the hash marks on the end-zone faceoff circles to 5 feet, 7 inches.

Harris elected as Chairman of the Board

The Board of Governors unanimously elected Cincinnati Cyclones’ President Ray Harris as the new Chairman of the Board. Harris replaces Gwinnett’s Steve Chapman, who had served as Chairman since the 2006-07 season.

"Ray is an experienced and successful operator and a long-time member of our Board of Governors and Executive Committee," ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna said. "We all value Ray’s leadership and direction and I look forward to working closely with him to continue to grow and strengthen the ECHL."



Sarig, Buzzeo Return for 15-16
Wednesday, July 08, 2015

After having joined the team late in the 2014-2015 season, defenseman Zach Sarig (pronounced SAH-rig) and forward Justin Buzzeo (pronounced BUZZ-e-oh) become the first signings for the 2015-2016 Gladiators squad. Sarig appeared in 11 games with Gwinnett, while Buzzeo skated in seven, contributing one goal and three assists for four points.

Prior to joining the Gladiators in March, Sarig, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defenseman completed a four-year career at Plymouth State University where he was named captain of the Panthers for the 2014-15 season. He led the team and all MSCA Conference defensemen in points with 27 points (five goals, 22 assists) in 28 games played, a 0.96 PPG average.

"I’m excited to return to the Glads and start from the beginning of the season," Sarig said via email. "I’m looking forward to getting to work and preparing for October."

Buzzeo completed his senior year at Ferris State University before joining the Gladiators, also in March. The Ontario native scored nine goals and 13 assists in 40 games for the Bulldogs during 14-15. The forward’s best collegiate year came in 2013-2014, when he was tied for first on the team with 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists).

"We are excited to have both Zach and Justin back with the Gladiators," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt "Zach brings a high compete level and plays a simple game. We look for him to build off of last year and be a reliable defenseman for us this season.

"Justin is a complete player. He has the offensive upside that goes along with hockey IQ and also has an edge to his game. He is someone who can play in all situations and we look for him to be a big contributor."

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. 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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