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Paukovich Comes to Gwinnett
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Gladiators announced the signing of veteran forward Geoff Paukovich on Wednesday. Paukovich (pronounced POCK-ah-vich) has played in 401 regular season games in the ECHL and AHL over six seasons.

Last year, Paukovich, 28, was named captain of the Las Vegas Wranglers at the beginning of his fourth consecutive season with the team. He also picked up six goals and 11 assists over 61 games played. In all, the native of Englewood, Colorado played in 250 regular season and postseason contest with the Wranglers organization.

The 6-4, 215-pound forward was drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round (57th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. He began his professional career with the Stockton Thunder in 2007-08, where he recorded a career high 13 goals and 13 assists in 70 games.

From there, Paukovich spent the majority of the 2008-09 and the entirety of the 2009-10 seasons with the Springfield Falcons of the AHL, playing in 109 games.

Before his professional career began, Paukovich attended the University of Denver from 2004 to 2007, playing in 115 games for the Pioneers, and capturing the NCAA Championship in 2005.

Paukovich joins the Gladiators roster shortly before the team’s weekend set in Estero, Fla. against the Florida Everblades. The team’s next home game will be on Tuesday, November 25th 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 via IIA Photography/Las Vegas Wranglers




Gladiators AHL Update
Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A month into the season, the Gladiators have already had six players recalled or loaned to AHL teams, which is second-most over the same time frame in team history.

Those players include:

Dan O’Donoghue (F)
o With Gwinnett from 10/14 to 10/25: 1 game played, 0 goals, 1 assist
o With Portland from 10/25-present: 4 gp, 0g, 0a
Joel Hanley (D)
o With Gwinnett from 10/7 to 10/29: 3 gp, 1g, 0a
o With Portland from 10/29-present: 7gp, 0g, 1a
Bretton Stamler (D)
o With Gwinnett from 10/7 to 11/2: 5 gp, 0g, 3a
o With Hartford from 11/2-present: 4 gp, 0g, 0a
Jordon Southorn (D)
o With Gwinnett from 10/27 to 11/13: 5 gp, 2g, 3a
o With Portland from 11/13-present: 2 gp, 0g, 0a
Greg Carey (F)
o With Gwinnett from 11/1 to 11/15: 5 gp, 5g, 5a
o With Portland from 11/15-present: 2 gp, 0g, 1a
Casey Pierro-Zabotel (F)
o With Gwinnett from 7/16-11/17: 11 gp, 7g, 6a
o With Norfolk from 11/17-present: 0 gp, 0g, 0a

"Call-ups are always a double-edged sword," Gladiators President Steve Chapman said. "On the one-hand, that’s one of our purposes as an organization - to develop talent, to give guys a chance to reach the highest level of professional hockey that they can. It’s rewarding to see guys get chances to prove themselves at the next level and it’s especially rewarding when they do. On the other hand, when it comes in one massive wave like this, it’s a challenge.

"It’s not easy to lose six players to the AHL over a short period of time. And throw in some extended injuries to six key guys as well. But, it’s the reality and it’s what we have to deal with at the moment. We have to have enough character and commitment to see it through. Hot streaks and rough patches are going to happen at this level of hockey if you are an organization that truly develops players."

The only time the Gladiators have had more call-ups in such a short amount of time was in the 2007-08 season when the team had eight players assigned to the AHL:

• Dan Turple (Chicago) - 10/19
• Mike Vigilante (Manitoba) - 10/27
• Chad Denny (Chicago) - 10/31
• Scott Lehman (Chicago) - 11/5
• Jeff Campbell (Norfolk) - 11/7
• Colton Fretter (Chicago) - 11/12
• Chad Painchaud (Chicago) - 11/12
• Jon Awe (Houston) - 11/17

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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Admirals Sound Horn for CPZ
Monday, November 17, 2014

Gladiators alternate captain and current leading scorer, Casey Pierro-Zabotel has been recalled by the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, the team announced on Monday.

Pierro-Zabotel, 26, leads the Gladiators in scoring through 11 games this season. He has tallied seven goals and six assists, including three goals and an assist this past weekend.

Pierro-Zabotel is also the longest tenured Gwinnett player on the roster, with 123 games played in a Gladiators uniform - placing him in the top-25 all-time. That distinction has now been passed on to his line-mate, second-year forward Brenden Walker, who has played in 67 games with Gwinnett.

For the Kamloops, British Columbia native, this will be his third trip to the AHL, after previous assignments with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Charlotte. He has played in 14 AHL games, totaling three points on one goal and two assists.

Pierro-Zabotel departs the Gladiators a few days before the team’s trip to Estero, Fla. to take on the Florida Everblades. The team’s next home game will be on Tuesday, November 25th 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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Glads Stunted by PKs, 6-3
Sunday, November 16, 2014

The Gladiators (5-6-0-0) found themselves in the penalty box early and often against the Florida Everblades (9-2-0-1) on Sunday afternoon, and that ended up being the difference in the game as they took the 6-3 loss. Brenden Walker, Marshall Everson, and Casey Pierro-Zabotel all had a goal and an assist in the game.

The story of the game was special teams, as Florida cashed in on four of their six power play opportunities, while Gwinnett was 2-for-3. Through the first two periods, six of the seven goals scored for both sides were on the man advantage.

Just like the last time these two teams faced off over a week ago, Florida was able to strike first. On two consecutive power plays, the ‘Blades’ Gabriel Desjardins and Matt Mangene put goals on the board at 4:25 and 9:29, respectively. Less than thirty seconds later, Florida overwhelmed the Gladiators’ net, and Mike Aviani put their third goal of the period past Gwinnett goalie, Adam Brown. That goal proved to be the last Brown would see, as Mark Guggenberger took over goaltending duties at 10:03.

The Gladiators would chip one back in before the end of the period. On the team’s second power play of the game, Garry Nunn won the puck in the defensive end on a rebound off of a tremendous save from Guggenberger. Nunn sent it to up to an awaiting Marshall Everson, who sent a bullet into the net at 16:21.

The Everblades continued their assault in the second period, as former Gladiator Evan Bloodoff scored their fourth goal on a power play at 8:48. With the Gladiators buzzing around Allen York, a goal was eminent halfway through the second. At 10:33 Brenden Walker smashed a power play one-timer, backdoor from just outside the crease, on a dish from Casey Pierro-Zabotel. With only a couple minutes remaining, the Everblades’ John McInnis put in their fourth power play goal of the game, and his first of the season at 18:10.

Looking to make the comeback, the Gladiators came firing out of the gates early in the third period. On a surge of forward momentum, Bo Dolan smashed right into a herd of ‘Blades creating a screen, just before slipping the puck to Pierro-Zabotel, who sent it into a seemingly empty net at just 2:14. The Everblades were not done scoring though, as they put up their sixth and final goal of the match from Corey Trivino at 14:50.

The Gladiators will meet the Florida Everblades on their home ice this Friday at 7:30pm. The Glads will be back home on November 25th at 7:05 as they take on the South Carolina Stingrays.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website atwww.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


Carey Recalled by Portland
Saturday, November 15, 2014

The Portland Pirates announced that they have recalled forward Greg Carey from the Gwinnett Gladiators on Saturday. The rookie had played in five games for the Gladiators since his assignment to Gwinnett on November 1st.

Carey, 24, had a quiet first two games with the Gladiators, then burst out for four goals, including a natural hat trick against the South Carolina Stingrays on November 9th. He became only the fourth Gwinnett player in history to achieve either feat, and was the second to achieve both in the same game.

Carey then scored his fifth straight goal for the team on Thursday night along with an assist, and then added two more assists on Friday night. Before coming to North Georgia, Carey had played in five games with the Portland Pirates this year, totaling eight penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating.

Over the last two seasons the native of Hamilton, Ontario was consistently one of the best players in NCAA hockey. From 2010 to 2014, Carey played for St. Lawrence University, averaging over a point per game for the Saints - 185 points (84g, 101a) in 152 games played. In his junior and senior seasons, he also was a top-three finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best player in college hockey.

Carey will join the Pirates in time for their game tonight in Portland. The Gladiators’ next game will be this Sunday the 16th at The Arena at Gwinnett Center at 2:05 p.m. for the culmination of the month of "Movember" with the third annual "Stache Bash" against the Florida Everblades.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website atwww.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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Movember Stick Auction SUN
Friday, November 14, 2014

In celebration of the Gladiators 3rd Annual ’Stache Bash, and to raise additional funds for the team’s official #MOVEMBER Fundraiser, the Glads will be auctioning off a one-of-a-kind team autographed stick at Sunday’s game. The stick, painted in the symbolic blue used for Prostate Cancer Awareness, has been autographed by the entire Gladiators squad and will be used by Gladiators Captain Sean Berkstresser during warm-ups before the game.

Fans who would like to participate in the auction can visit the Gladiators/Georgia Lottery Fan Information Booth, located in the main lobby of The Arena at Gwinnett Center, to place their bids in advance of the silent auction’s end at the conclusion of the 2nd Intermission. Proceeds from the auction will go directly to the team’s Movember fundraiser.

The silent auction will end promptly at the conclusion of the 2nd intermission. If, at the end, two bidders are locked in a bidding war, the auction will go live with bidding continuing among the two until a winner is determined. Cash, credit, or check (with presentation of a valid photo ID) are acceptable forms of payment. If the winning bidder pays with cash/credit, they may take the stick with them Sunday. If paying by check, the winning bidder must wait until their check clears the bank, and then they will be contacted by the Gladiators Office to come pick up the stick.

Fans can click HERE to donate directly to the Gladiators Movember team page.

PLUS, CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE GLADIATORS TEAM FACEBOOK PAGE AND VOTE IN OUR MOVEMBER ’STACHE OFF CONTEST!!




Glads Drop 3rd Pd Battle, 4-2
Friday, November 14, 2014

For the second consecutive evening, the Gladiators (5-5-0-0) could not hold to an early third period lead as they fell to the division-leading Greenville Road Warriors (8-4-0-0), 4-2 on Friday night. Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored two power play goals while Greg Carey added in two assists and Garry Nunn extended his point streak to four games.

Unlike on Thursday, the Gladiators shot out to the early lead. Casey Pierro-Zabotel gave the Gladiators the 1-0 lead in the first period with his fifth goal of the season on the power play at 5:25, assisted by Garry Nunn and Greg Carey. Pierro-Zabotel was able to jam the puck out of a scrum in front of the net to give the Gladiators their first first-goal lead in two weeks.

The same strategy worked in the second period as Pierro-Zabotel doubled up the Gladiators lead at 9:54, back on the power play, this time deflecting Brenden Walker’s shot from the right faceoff circle behind Jeff Malcolm using his skate. Before the end of the period, Greenville got one back on Chad Nehring’s fifth goal of the year at 18:47 of the period, just a minute before the intermission.

In the third, Greenville stormed ahead with two quick goals, just 28 seconds apart. First, Ryan Hegarty tied the score at two on the Road Warriors’ sixth power play opportunity of the game at 6:20. Then at 6:48, Sy Nutkevich gave the Road Warriors the lead on his first of the season on a quick three-on-two break. Vinny Saponari gave Greenville the insurance goal at 18:36 on their seventh power play chance, from Sean Escobedo and Chad Nehring.

Greenville outshot Gwinnett 35-to-26, and finished with five more power plays, going 2-for-8, while the Gladiators went 2-for-3. Mark Guggenberger made 31 saves on 35 shots, while Jeff Malcolm was 24-for-26.

The Gladiators’ next game will be this Sunday the 16th at The Arena at Gwinnett Center at 2:05 p.m. for the culmination of the month of “Movember” with the third annual “Stache Bash” against the Florida Everblades.

For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website atwww.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: Richard Young


Road Warriors Slip By, 3-2
Thursday, November 13, 2014

GREENVILLE, SC – Facing their nearest opponent, and seemingly their fiercest rival, the Gladiators (5-4-0-0) couldn’t hold on to defeat the Greenville Road Warriors (7-4-0-0), despite having a lead in the third period. Greg Carey, Nathan Burns, and Garry Nunn all contributed two points on the night, while Adam Brown stopped 30 of the 33 shots he faced.

Just like the two Gladiators games over last weekend, the opposition opened up the scoring. Chad Nehring scored his fourth of the season at 13:11 on the power play from Charles-Olivier Roussel and Michael St. Croix. Just prior to the goal, the Gladiators tried to clear out the zone, and almost did at the right point, but the Road Warriors managed to pressure the puck for close to half of the power play, and Nehring took the quick wrist shot from the low slot, to Brown’s left, and he banked it in under the crossbar.

In the second, the Gladiators stormed back with nine shots on net, including the game-tying goal from Greg Carey, his fifth of the season, and his fifth straight for the team, dating back to his four-goal effort on Sunday. Just like Nehring’s goal, Carey took a quick shot in the low slot to Jeff Malcolm’s left, off a loose puck from the corner, and got one past the netminder.

In the third, the Gladiators took the early lead, this time with Carey picking up the primary assist. Out of the corner, Carey found a streaking Nathan Burns coming towards the net, and Burns one-timed the puck in for his first professional goal, just 35 seconds into the frame.

From there, Greenville stormed back with 11 more shots, banking in the game-tying goal from Ryan Hegarty at 8:29, and the game-winner from Josh Nicholls at 14:19. Greenville finished with the advantage in shots, 33-to-24, registering 11 shots each period.

Gwinnett will be back in Greenville again tomorrow night when they take on the Road Warriors for another 7 p.m. contest. The next time they will be home will be on Sunday, the 16th for the culmination of the month of “Movember” with the third annual “Stache Bash” against the Florida Everblades.

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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Southorn Heads North
Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Gladiators announced that defenseman Jordon Southorn was reassigned to their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates, on Thursday.

Southorn, 24, played in five games with the Gladiators since his assignment on October 27th. In those games, Southorn scored two goals and three assists, including an assist and two goals - one of which was the overtime game-winner - in his debut game on October 29th, a 5-4 OT win over the Orlando Solar Bears.

The Montreal, Quebec native played in one game with the Pirates at the end of last season - picking up two assists in that game - and added on two more games played this season. Last season in 53 games for the Fort Wayne Komets, Southorn collected 12 goals and 20 assists before being loaned to the Pirates on March 12th.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound defenseman was drafted in the fourth round (104th overall) by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. Since then, he has played in 210 regular season ECHL games with 105 points to his name (34g, 71a) and a +31 rating.

Southorn departs the Gladiators just ahead of their Thursday night match at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. The team’s next home game will be on Sunday, November 16th against the South Carolina Stingrays for "Stache Bash."

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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Free Car Checks Sunday
Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Is your car ready for holiday travel? As part of Gladiators team partner Montlick & Associates ongoing commitment to driver safety, we are proud to partner with the Safe America Organization to offer a free pre-holiday auto safety check. Experts from Safe America will perform free 10-Point Safety Inspections from 11am to 2pm on November 16th before the Gladiators game versus Florida.

Gwinnett Arena Parking Lot
6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Duluth, GA 30097


Safe America’s trained professionals will perform a 10-point safety check of your car or truck, including the following:
  • A close-up inspection of tires to make sure they have sufficient air pressure, treads and no punctures
  • A review of wiper blades, headlights and turnlights
  • An under-the-hood inspection of belts
  • Oil check
  • Battery check
  • Brake check
  • A review of vehicle’s auto emission sticker
    (to let you know if it is current or needs renewal)

    To schedule your appointment, please go to safeamerica.org or call them at 770-973-SAFE.