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John Wroblewski

Head Coach

John Wroblewski was named the second head coach in Gwinnett Gladiators history and just the fourth coach in the organization's 15 years in the ECHL on Aug. 3, 2011. Wroblewski joins Gwinnett after he served as an assistant coach with the Wheeling Nailers last year. He helped guide the Nailers to their best postseason finish since 1998 as Wheeling advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals. Before he joined the Nailers, Wroblewski began his coaching career with the USA Hockey Under 18 National Development Program from 2007 to 2010. In 2010, he helped the USA Under 18 National Development Team capture the Gold Medal in Minsk, Belarus. During his time with Team USA, Wroblewski served as an assistant to 2010-11 AHL Coach of the Year John Hynes and 2010-11 Calder Cup championship coach Kurt Kleinendorst. Wroblewski played four seasons in the ECHL with the Fresno Flacons from 2003-07 and served as team captain from 2005-07. He attended NHL training camp with the Vancouver Canucks in 2003 and AHL training camp with the Cleveland Barons in 2003 as well as the Worcester Sharks in 2006. In his four year professional career, the right winger earned 125 points (65g-60a) in 273 career ECHL games. The Neenah, Wisconsin native skated four seasons with the University of Notre Dame from 1999-2003. Wroblewski was the team captain of the Irish during his junior and senior seasons and was voted as team MVP by his teammates in 2003. In four years at Notre Dame, Wroblewski recorded 64 points (29g-35a) in 144 career collegiate games.

Rick Emmett

Assistant Coach

Rick Emmett begins his first season as an Assistant Coach with the Gwinnett Gladiators. Emmett is no stranger to the organization as he played three seasons with the Gladiators from 2003-2006 and helped Gwinnett capture the 2006 American Conference Championship. In 149 career games with the Gladiators, Emmett earned 67 points (24 goals, 43 assists) as a defenseman. The Etobicoke, Ontario native played 11 professional season in the ECHL, IHL and the UHL. In five seasons with the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League from 1996-2001, Emmett helped the Mallards capture the Colonial Hockey League Championship in 1997 and the United Hockey League Championship in 1998. Since his retirement from professional hockey, Emmett has served as the head coach of the former Atlanta Jr. Thrashers now the Atlanta Phoenix Squirt AA and Pee Wee Minor AA youth hockey teams based out of the Ice Forum in Duluth.