The Gwinnett Gladiators have been a success on and off the ice since their inception over seven years ago. Here's a look back at the Gladiators over their past seven years.
December 21, 2002 - The Gladiators unveiled their jerseys that you see every game. Gwinnett Center General Manager Preston Williams, Tommy Hughes and Duluth Mayor Shirly Lasseter along with Gladiators General Manager Steve Chapman unveiled the sweaters at the Duluth Winter Wonderland.
February 9, 2003 – The Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Gladiator new home, – unofficially, officially opened it’s doors to the public for a self-guided tour of the 11,300-seat facility. Over 15,000 people entered the facility during the open house and saw first hand all the amenities.
March 23, 2003 – The first sheet of ice was installed at the Arena at Gwinnett Center for the Campbell’s Soup Ice Skating Tour at the Arena. With ice and dasher boards, the facility started to look more like a hockey arena.
May 9, 2003 – The Gladiators announced their inaugural schedule in the ECHL, bringing professional hockey to Gwinnett one step closer. The Gladiators schedule is highlighted with match ups against in-state rivals Augusta and Columbus as well as against Greenville, S.C.
May 19, 2003 – The ECHL undergoes a name change with the addition of six new teams from the old West Coast Hockey League. The East Coast Hockey League drops the name in favor of the acronym ECHL. August 22nd – The Gladiators signed their first two players, Troy Milam and Phil Lewandowski, both rookies out of Ferris State University. Milam has earned a spot on the Par-A-Dice ECHL All Star Western Conference team and is one of numerous Gladiators representatives.
August 27, 2003 – Alexis Conrad’s drawing of what the Gladiators mascot should look like wins the Gladiators mascot drawing contest. With over 500 entries, Alexis’ drawing has turned into the Gladiators Mascot, Maximus!
August 28, 2003 - The Gladiators introduced The 'S.L.A.P.' Shots (Students Learn And Prepare) Program to help motivate and reward students for their hard work and excellence in school. The S.L.A.P Shots Program is comprised of three motivational school programs; Hat Trick for Reading, Honor Roll and Teacher Appreciation Awards.
September 3, 2003 – The Gladiators announced their affiliation with the NHL’s Atlanta Thrashers to be the team’s primary ECHL affiliate. With an emphasis on player development, the Gladiators have also been working with the Thrashers AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.
October 4th – The Gladiators have a busy day as the team’s first ever training camp kicks off with a group of untested rookies with a smattering of veterans. In addition to holding the first ever day of training camp, individual tickets for the Gladiators inaugural season also go on sale to the general public with a line forming as early as 8 a.m. even though the box office is not scheduled to open till 10 a.m.
October 7th – Opening the doors to the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Gladiators held open house that was free and open to the public from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The evening showed just a glimpse of what was to come during the team’s inaugural season while the teams took part in an intersquad scrimmage.
October 18th – Gwinnett opened its inaugural season on the road in Charlotte. The Gladiators feel behind the Checkers by an early 2-0 score but battled back and won their first ever game, 5-3. Cam Brown scored the team’s first ever goal while goaltender Adam Munro recorded the team’s first ever win.
October 24th – The Arena at Gwinnett Center was packed with 6,457 screaming fans to watch the Gladiators beat the Augusta Lynx 5-1 in the team’s first home game in history. Jim Jackson scored the Gladiators first goal at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
November 19th – Adam Munro becomes the first player called up to AHL from the Gladiators as he gets the nod from the Norfolk Admirals. Three more players will join Munro at the AHL level before the year is out. December 11th – Michael Garnett records team’s first ever shutout with a 2-0 win over Greensboro. Garnett followed up the shutout performance with an encore 4-0 blanking of the Augusta Lynx two days later for this second of the season and his second professional shutout.
December 16th – Jeff Pyle is named to the Par-A-Dice ECHL All Star Game Western Conference coaching staff. Gladiators defenseman Troy Milam and goaltender Michael Garnett joined Pyle on the Western Conference team the following day. Gladiators broadcaster Dustin Bixby was named to the radio broadcast team on December 2nd.
December 19th – By brining a coat to the game, fans had the opportunity to receive a $5 mezzanine level ticket to the Gladiators game that night. The Gladiators helped raise over 325 coats in Coats for Kids drive that benefited the Duluth Foster Kids Foundation and the Salvation Army.
December 31st – despite a 6-4 loss at Roanoke on New Year’s Eve, the Gladiators finished the year with the best record in the ECHL with a 21-9-3 record and 45 points.
January 2, 2004 – Gladiators broadcaster Dustin Bixby is named to the Par-A-Dice ECHL All Star Game broadcasting team, joining Joe Babik of the Florence Pride and Norm Ulrich of the Host Peoria Rivermen.
January 21st - Gladiators goaltender Michael Garnett recorded a game high 24 saves while defenseman Troy Milam tallied a goal and an assist in the Par-A-Dice ECHL All Star Game in Peoria, Illinois hosted by the Peoria Rivermen. Jeff Pyle was the co-coach of the Western Conference team.
January 23rd – In response to goalies Michael Garnett and Adam Munro being called up, and in the middle of a losing skid, the Gladiators acquire goalie Trevor Prior from the Columbia Inferno. Prior, in 26 games with the Gladiators during the regular season, would amass a 2.51 GAA and .917 save percentage.
February 3rd – the Gladiators snap out of their losing streak with an away 5-3 victory over the Florida Everblades. The team would go on to win five straight games before dropping a 5-2 decision to the Greenville Grrrowl.
February 10th – Gladiator rookie forward Kevin Doell is named the InGlasCo ECHL Player of the Week for February 2-8. Doell tallied eight points off of 3 goals and 5 assists to help the Gladiators go 4-0-0 during the week and move into third place in the ECHL Central Division.
February 13th – the Gladiators honor the eight local area High School football teams that qualified for the Georgia State High School playoffs. In addition to the teams, members of the Buford High School choir, who are also on the football team, sing the national anthem.
February 18th – Former goaltender Adam Munro becomes the first Gladiators player to sign a contract with an NHL team. Munro signs with the Chicago Blackhawks, joining them for their morning skate the following day.
March 1st – 12 days after signing a contract with the team, Munro steps between the pipes for the Blackhawks. Facing 35 shots, the goaltender carried a shutout against the Nashville Predators into the third period before Scott Walker scored. The teams finished the game tied 2-2.
March 4th – Rookie Kevin Doell is named the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Month for February. Missing all but three games in January due to being recalled to the Chicago Wolves of the AHL, Doell returned to the Gladiators and recorded 11 goals and 10 assists in February for 21 points in the month.
March 5th – One day later, Doell is named the Sher-Wood ECHL Player of the Month for February. At this point in the season, the forward leads the Gladiators with 24 goals, eight-power-play goals, six game-winning goals, two shorthand goals, two shorthand assists, four shorthand points and 58 points (24g-34a) while ranking second on the team with 34 assists, 12 power-play assists, 20 power-play points (8g-12a) and a plus-minus rating of +18.
March 12th and 13th - To celebrate St Patrick’s Day, the Gladiators wore special green shamrock adorned St. Patrick’s themed Jerseys for their Friday, March 12th game against Pensacola and their Saturday, March 13th game against Greensboro. Following Saturday’s game, the Gladiators auctioned off the jerseys to benefit local area charities.
March 18th - The Gladiators announce that the first annual Gladiators Jersey Auction for Charity raised $16,600, which will be donated to several local children’s charities through the Gladiators Foundation. The 2003-04 Jersey Auction theme was dedicated to St. Patrick’s Day.
March 21st – Playing on a Sunday afternoon, goalie Trevor Prior records his first shut out, blanking the Columbia Inferno 5-0. With Prior turning away 31 shots, forward Steve Slonina scores the game winner 72 seconds into the second period.
March 23rd – Prior stops 22 shots to record his second consecutive shutout. Kevin Doell contributes a goal and two assists to help guide the Gladiators past the Alaska Aces on route to a second 5-0 blanking.
March 26th – In keeping with tradition, goalie Michael Garnett, reassigned by Chicago, kept up the shut out streak by turning away 23 shots against the Texas Wildcatters. In the 8-0 thrashing, Kevin Doell tallied his second hat trick of the season.
March 30th - Gladiators goaltender Michael Garnett is been named the ITECH ECHL Goaltender of the week for March 22 – 28. Garnett recorded his third and fourth shutouts of the season and was 2-1-0 with a goals against average of 0.67 and a save percentage of .981 against Texas and Louisiana.
March 31st - The ECHL announces that Gladiators rookie forward Kevin Doell has been named to the all ECHL rookie team. Doell joins Wheeling goaltender Nick Boucher, Columbia defenseman Derek Eastman, Atlantic City defenseman Brian Fahey, and Atlantic City forward John Cullen and San Diego right wing Greg Barber on the ECHL All-Rookie Team
March 31st - The Gladiators announce that they have clinched a Central Division Playoff berth. With a dramatic shoot-out win the previous night over the Greensboro Generals coupled with a shootout loss by the Columbus Cottonmouths against the Mississippi Sea Wolves, the Gladiators earn the opportunity to play for the ECHL Kelly Cup in only their first season.
March 31st - The ECHL announced today that Gladiators rookie forward Kevin Doell has been named the CCM ECHL Rookie of the Year. Doell becomes the second skater in a row to win the John A. Daley Memorial Trophy, presented annually to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the ECHL.
April 3rd – While in the middle of playing the Pee Dee Pride, the Gladiators learn that they have secured third place in the ECHL's Central Division and will face the Mississippi Sea Wolves in the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The team goes on to finish out the regular season by beating the Pride 4-1.
April 7th – Chris Durno secured the Gladiators first playoff win in Game 1 of the Division Semi-Final series against the Mississippi Sea Wovles. Durno’s overtime goal came with 3:48 remaining in the overtime period to give the Gladiators a 1 game to 0 series lead.
April 14th - After splitting the first two games in Mississippi and splitting the two games in Gwinnett, the Central Division Semi-Final series came down to game 5 in Biloxi. Mississippi jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and held on to the one goal advantage until the 13:02 mark of the third period when Tyler Deis knotted the game at one. Kris Goodjohn’s overtime game winning goal at 7:22 of the extra session propelled the Gladiators past the Sea Wolves into the Division Finals against the Louisiana IceGators.
April 21st – Louisiana took game 1 in the series but the Gladiators battled back for a game 2 win sending the series to Gwinnett for games 3 & 4. In Game 3, Kris Goodjohn was again the hero with his second game winning goal of the playoffs.
April 23rd – In Game 4, The Gladiators trailed for much of the contest and took a 5-3 lead under three minutes into the third period. Paul Flache got the Gladiators going in the third period with his first goal of the post season about a minute later while Kris Goodjohn tied the game up at 5 less than 30 seconds later. It was Paul Flache’s game winning tally at 9:03 of the second overtime period that clinched the Central Division Championship as the Gladiators advanced to the Western Conference Finals.
April 28th – After dropping game 1 of the Conference Finals against the Steelheads, the Gladiators bounced back for a 3-1 win over Idaho sending the series to Boise tied at one game each.
May 5th – Idaho took a 2 games to 1 series lead with a 3-1 win in Game 3. In Game 4, the eventual Kelly Cup Playoff MVP, Dan Ellis kept the Gladiators off the board in the first period en route to a 5-2 win and a trip to the Kelly Cup Finals against the Florida Everblades. Ellis backstopped the Steelheads to a Kelly Cup Championship. The loss closed the book on the most successful season in team history while breaking numerous regular season and playoff records along the way.
June 10 - In his seventh season as a General Manager in the ECHL, Steve Chapman is selected as one of the top four ECHL executives in recognition of his management of the Gwinnett Gladiators inaugural season and relocation from Mobile.
June 29 - The Gladiators announce that forward Kris Goodjohn has been signed, returning to the team for the 2004-2005 season. Coming off an impressive playoff performance of 12 points in 13 games, Goodjohn was eager to sign on for another year with the team.
July 1st - The Gladiators extend qualifying offers to 6 players. Defensemen Joe Bourne and Troy Milam, forwards Chris Durno, Steve Slonina, and Mike Vigilante, and goalie Adam Munro all receive offers from the team for the 2004-2005 season.
July 15th - It is announced that forward Wes Fox, who had missed much of the Gladiators inaugural season with a shoulder injury, would be returning to the team for the 2004-2005 season. Later in the summer, however, Fox would take a job with a company in New York, ending his hockey career.
July 27th - The ECHL releases a final, revised schedule for the upcoming season, after the termination of the memberships of the Greensboro Generals and the Roanoke Express. The Gladiators would open their season on the road in Augusta on October 22nd before playing their first home game, also against Augusta on October 29th.
July 28th - The team announces that they have signed rookies Robert Fried and Jeff Campbell. Fried joined the team from Harvard; Campbell from Western Michigan University. While the Harvard grad would spend only a short amount of time with the team, Campbell would become a significant part of the Gladiators ensemble, earning a spot in the 2004 ECHL All Star Game.
August 3rd - The Gladiators sign Rick Emmett. The veteran defenseman returns for his second season with team. At the time, the Ontario native would become the third signee from the 2004 Central Division Championship team, joining Kris Goodjohn and Wes Fox.
August 12th - Jimmy Jackson signs on for another season of Gwinnett hockey. Having led all Gladiators defensemen with 33 points off of 12 goals and 21 assists in 70 games, the rookie’s +34 plus/minus rating was a team high and also tops among all rookies in the ECHL for 2004-2005.
August 12th - The Gladiators announce that they have traded Troy Milam to the Reading Royals of the American Hockey League for financial considerations. Having been recalled to Reading twice in his rookie season, the defenseman had also received the opportunity to represent the Gladiators at the 2004 ECHL All Star Game.
August 18th - Securing the final pieces of the Gladiators top scoring line in the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs, forwards Chris Durno and Steve Slonina are inked to deals with the team. Along with Kris Goodjohn, the trio had compiled 28 points in 13 playoff games, helping the team to the Central Division Championship.
August 25th - The team inks another returning defenseman with Joe Bourne as another Harvard grad joins the Gladiators for the 2004-2005 season with the signing of David McCulloch. In his rookie season, Bourne tallied 6 goals and 15 assists for 21 points in 68 games.
September 7th - Toby Jeffreys, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Gladiators announces two promotions within the organization. In reflection of the success of the Gladiators in their short time of existence in the Gwinnett community, Bill Davidson is promoted to Chief Executive Officer and Steve Chapman is promoted to President of the hockey club.
September 8th - Having already played in the organization under Head Coach Jeff Pyle in Mobile, right winger Sam Ftorek joins the Gladiators for the upcoming season. Having started the 2003-2004 season with the Greensboro Generals, Ftorek was called up and spent 52 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL.
September 17th - One day short of a month since his signing, Steve Slonina is traded to the Bakersfield Condors for financial considerations. The forward had posted a game winning goal, and the team’s only short handed goal, in the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
September 22nd - Signing on for his 13th professional season, Gladiators captain Cam Brown inks a deal with the team. Being one of six 20 goal scorers in the team’s inaugural season, Brown scored the first goal in team history on October 18th, 2003 against the Charlotte Checkers.
September 28th - Adding a pair of defensemen, the Gladiators announce the signing of Ryan Van Buskirk and Peter Flache. Van Buskirk joins the team from the Florida Everblades, while Flache, brother of former Gladiator Paul Flache, came from a season split between the Greenville Grrrowl and the Toledo Storm.
October 5th - Jason Reimers, Chris Peterson, and TJ Aceti agree to terms for the upcoming season. Reimers comes to the Gladiators after spending the previous season with the Fort Worth Brahma’s of the CHL while Peterson is a rookie out of Lake Superior State. Goalie Aceti enters his second professional season after playing with the Long Beach Ice Dogs.
October 8th - Training camp for the Gladiators second season opens today. The team’s first on-ice session starts at 4:15 pm at the Duluth Ice Forum, and continues through October 14th. The Gladiators will play two exhibition games against the Pensacola Ice Pilots on October 15th and 16th.
October 8th - With a training camp roster already at 18 players, six of which finished the previous season with the Gladiators, the team announces the addition of three new faces. Mike Stathopoulos, Brett Engelhardt, and Curtis Ryser join the team at camp. Stathopoulos comes to Gwinnett from the AHL’s Chicago Wolves training camp, Engelhardt is signed to his rookie season with the team, and goalie Ryser is inked to a player tryout agreement.
October 10th - The Gladiators receive two players from AHL teams. Goaltender Adam Berkhoel is assigned by the Chicago Wolves and left winger Mike Vigilante comes to the team from the Portland Pirates. Under contract to the Atlanta Thrashers, Berkhoel would split the upcoming season between the Gladiators and the Wolves, while Vigilante would put up significant numbers in Gwinnett.
October 13th - Chicago sends the duo of Lane Manson and Brad Schell to the Gladiators, but recalls goaltender Adam Berkhoel after assigning him three days earlier. Both defenseman Manson and center Schell were drafted by the Thrashers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, and join the team having come from WHL teams.
October 13th - The Gladiators, in conjunction with Jacobs Media, announce that they have agreed to a broadcast partnership for the 2004-2005 ECHL season. WDUN NewsTalk 550 is to broadcast a Gladiators “Game of the Week” throughout the year, with selected games airing on SportsRadio 1240 The Ticket.
October 18th - Logging plenty of frequent flyer miles, goaltender Adam Berkhoel is reassigned to the team following his call up to Chicago on October 13th. During his short tenure with the Wolves, the goalie saw no action between the pipes.
October 22nd - The Gladiators open up their second season with a road win over the Augusta Lynx, 4-3. The team jumped out to a 4-0 lead through the second period on goals by Jeff Campbell, Peter Flache, Rick Emmett, and Cam Brown. Goaltender Adam Berkhoel made 30 saves for the Gladiators in the win.
October 29th - Battling back from a 3 goal deficit to send the game into overtime, the Gladiators lose their home opener in a shootout. A record crowd of 8,586 fans file into the Arena at Gwinnett Center to watch the team hoist their 2004 Western Conference Champions banner before falling 4-3 to Augusta.
November 4th - The Gladiators lose their goaltender to the Chicago Wolves, again, but gain right wing Adam Smyth and defenseman Brian Sipotz. Smyth would go on to become a crowd favorite in Gwinnett, splitting the season between Chicago and the Gladiators, while Sipotz would spend the bulk of his season in Chicago.
November 5th - The Gladiators sell out the evening’s contest against the Mississippi Sea Wolves. The crowd of 11,355 packs the house to watch the team roll over the Sea Wolves 6-1. During the game, captain Cam Brown notches 4 penalty minutes to place him in a tie with Brian Goudie at 2,253 PIMs for most penalty minutes in an ECHL career.
November 6th - On the road in Mississippi, Cam Brown receives a boarding call in the third period, thus moving him into sole possession of the all time ECHL penalty minute record, pushing his total to 2,258.
November 8th - Three days after joining the team, Adam Smyth and Brian Sipotz are recalled to the Chicago Wolves. The Gladiators also announce that they have signed goaltender Randy Hevey. The goalie started the season with the Mississippi Sea Wolves, but had spent the previous season with the Jacksonville Barracudas of the WHA2.
November 10th - Becoming the fourth call up of the season, Lane Manson heads back to Chicago. Having already appeared in nine games with the Gladiators, the defenseman had posted a +4 rating and recorded 14 penalty minutes. He would return to the team in five days, seeing no action while being in Chicago.
November 25th - Rookie forward Brett Engelhardt tallies the first hat trick in Gladiator’s history at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in an 8-4 win over the South Carolina Stingrays. At the time, Kevin Doell was the only other player to record a hat trick for the team, scoring two in the inaugural season, both on the road.
November 26th - Goaltender TJ Aceti records the team’s first shutout of the season in a 7-0 win over the Louisiana Ice Gators. Mike Vigilante recorded two goals and two assists in the game, which saw Aceti turn away all 26 Louisiana shots.
November 29th - On a day heavy with wheeling and dealing, the Gladiators trade Sam Ftorek to the Fresno Falcons, and goaltender Randy Hevey to the Pee Dee Pride. In return, the team receives Kevin Truelson. The addition joins former Falcon teammate goaltender Simon Lajeunesse, who had been dealt to the team the week before. In exchange for Hevey, the Gladiators received financial considerations.
December 5th - Completing a three game sweep over the weekend, the team sets a new winning streak record. With the win, the Gladiators extend the streak to 6 games, eclipsing the previous record of 5 set from October 29th to November 7th and February 3rd to the 10th of their inaugural season.
December 5th - Having joined the team as an emergency back up for two games before being signed to an actual contract, rookie goalie Sean Fields make an impressive 37 saves in a 4-2 road win over the Texas Wildcatters.
December 28th - Following the trade freeze surrounding the Christmas holiday, the team signs forward Alex Sawruk out of Northern Michigan University and releases forward Chris Peterson. Peterson had appeared in 11 games with the Gladiators recording no goals and two assists for two points.
December 28th - Recording his first professional shutout, goalie Sean Fields turns away all 29 shots from the Pee Dee Pride in a 2-0 win. It took only 22 seconds for Adam Smyth to score what would become the game winner in front of the home crowd.
December 30th - Captain Cam Brown appears in his 678th career ECHL game to tie the all time ECHL record for most games played in an ECHL career.
January 1st - Breaking the record for most games played in an ECHL career, previously held by Rod Taylor, Cam Brown appears in his 679th career ECHL game against the Augusta Lynx, a road loss.
January 4th - Selected by a vote of league coaches, head coach Jeff Pyle is named as one of four coaches for the 2005 Coors Light ECHL All Star Game in Reading, P.A. It marks the coach’s second trip to the ECHL All Star game in as many years, having served as coach for the Western Conference squad in the 2004 All Star Game.
January 5th - The Gladiator trio of Jimmy Jackson, Brett Engelhardt, and Jeff Campbell are all named to the American Conference team at 2005 ECHL All Star Game. Rookie forward Campbell notched an assist on fellow rookie Engelhardt’s goal, though the American Conference would suffer a 6-2 loss at the hands of the National Conference.
January 10th - After being called up to Chicago on December 18th, defenseman Ryan Van Buskirk rejoins the team, where he shared 3rd in scoring amongst defensemen. Also, Kevin Truelson is traded back to the west coast, heading to Long Beach for financial considerations.
January 17th - Tallying his 15th goal of the season, Mike Vigilante ties his career record for goals in a season. The forward set his previous record of 15 during his rookie campaign with the Mobile Mysticks in the 2001-2002 season. He would go on to surpass his record with a two goal night against the Pensacola Ice Pilots on February 5th.
January 24th - Chicago recalls two of the Gladiators corps as defenseman Ryan Van Buskirk and forward Colin Stuart head back up to the AHL. Stuart had been assigned to the team on January 13th and notched a goal and three assists in five games with the team.
January 28th - Having been with Chicago since being called up on November 4th, goaltender Adam Berkhoel returns to Gwinnett. Having only played one game with the Wolves, the goalie posted a 4.04 goals against average and a .875 save percentage in a 4-3 loss to Cincinnati on November 19th.
January 29th - For the first time in Gladiators history, the evening’s game against the South Carolina Stingrays had to be postponed due to an ice storm that had rolled into the area. In the interest of the safety of fans, the team, along with the ECHL, the Stingrays, and the Arena at Gwinnett Center moved the game to March 13th.
February 2nd - Coming to the team from the Toledo Storm, Andrew Oke joins the Gladiators in exchange for future considerations. In 39 games with the Storm, the defenseman posted 2 goals, both on the power play, and 4 assists for 6 points.
February 4th - Rookie forward Jeff Campbell records his first professional hat trick on the road against South Carolina. The All Star selection notched his first goal to tie the game before scoring both his second and third goals with less than 15 seconds remaining in the game.
February 7th - Returning to the Gladiators after a stint with the team during their inaugural season, Randy Dagenais is traded to Gwinnett from Louisiana. In return, the IceGators receive defenseman Dave McCulloch. In 40 games with the team, McCulloch had recorded 2 goals and 4 assists.
February 15th - Goaltender Adam Berkhoel records his third win of the season, and his first professional shutout in a 3-0 win over the Florida Everblades. The goalie turned away 28 shots, while Mike Vigilante scored the eventual game winner 15 minutes into the game.
February 19th - The Gladiators set a new team record for most penalty minutes in a game with 41 against the South Carolina Stingrays. 33 of those minutes came in the final period, which ended with a 2-1 loss for Gwinnett.
February 24th - In what would turn out to be an interesting turn of events, the Gladiators deal forward Alex Sawruk to the Texas Wildcatters in exchange for forward Ryan Fultz. Three days later, the trade would be nullified, and the players would return to their original teams.
February 25th - The Chicago Wolves give the team their first set of twins, sending Paul Flache to Gwinnett to join his brother Peter. The defenseman is considered a hero in Gwinnett for his double overtime game winning goal against the Louisiana IceGators in game 4 of the Central Division Championships during the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
March 3rd - In a swapping of the defensemen, Chicago recalls Paul Flache while sending Libor Ustrnul to Gwinnett. In 3 games with the Gladiators, Flache had recorded a goal and 2 assists for 3 points, while Ustrnul had tallied 2 assists in 27 games with the Wolves.
March 15th - Goaltender Sean Fields is named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for March 7th through 14th. Unbeaten in his previous seven starts, the goalie went 2-0-0 for the week to help the Gladiators go 3-1-0 and move into 6th place in the American Conference playoff race.
March 16th - The Gladiators Jersey Auction raises an astounding $28,175.00 to benefit the Gladiators Foundation for Kids during its post-game festivities. All of the jerseys sold for well over the original $250 asking price. With the theme being “Turn Back the Clock,” Mike Vigilante’s tie-dyed jersey was the night’s top draw, followed up by that of Andrew Oke.
March 17th - The team announces that they have signed forward Pat Dwyer out of Western Michigan University. Selected in the fourth round of the 2002 NHL Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers, the rookie tallied 45 goals and 56 assists for 101 points in 4 collegiate seasons.
March 22nd - On a busy day, first season alum Kevin Doell rejoins the Gladiators, as he is assigned by Chicago. Also, forward Alex Sawruk is traded to the Louisiana IceGators in exchange for financial consideration, and in a separate transaction, forward Peter Flache is sent to Louisiana in exchange for forward Pascal Pelletier.
April 4th - At their final regular season home game, the Gladiators host the Stanley Cup, brought over by the Atlanta Thrashers. The cup appeared in Atlanta for two days as part of the festivities surrounding the first annual Friendship Cup, a youth hockey tournament being held at the Duluth Ice Forum and featuring teams from Atlanta, Florida, Canada, and Russia.
April 6th - The ECHL announces that, in regards to his actions in a home game against the Charlotte Checkers on April 2nd, Gladiators defenseman Libor Ustrnul is suspended for seven games. The suspension results in Ustrnul missing Gwinnett’s final four regular season games, as well as their first three playoff games.
April 7th - Gladiator rookie Jeff Campbell is named to the 2004-2005 ECHL All Rookie Team by a vote of ECHL coaches. The forward finishes the season sharing 3rd in scoring among rookies with 64 points off of 30 goals and 34 assists.
April 8th - Defenseman Randy Dagenais is named to the 2004-2005 ECHL Second Team by a vote of league coaches. Dagenais closes out the season sharing 3rd amongst league defensemen in scoring with 14 goals and 33 assists for 47 points in 74 games with both the Gladiators and the Louisiana Ice Gators.
April 9th - Forward Kris Goodjohn is named the 2005 ECHL Sportsman of the Year. The award, which is voted on by ECHL coaches, is presented annually to the player who is judged to have exhibited the best sportsmanship combined with a high standard of playing ability.
April 9th - With a 3-2 road win over the Augusta Lynx, the Gladiators secure the 4th seed in the American Conference playoffs. Final seeding having gone down to the wire, it is determined that evening that the team will face the Mississippi Sea Wolves in the opening round for the second consecutive season.
April 13th - Getting off to a good start, Gwinnett trounces the Sea Wolves 5-1 to open the playoffs. Brad Schell, Joe Bourne, Mike Stathopoulos, and Cam Brown all score for the team, with goalie Adam Berkhoel making 26 saves en route to earning his first professional playoff win.
April 15th - Supported by a whited out home crowd, the team takes a 2 games to 1 series lead on the Sea Wolves with an 8-1 win. Jeff Campbell, Adam Smyth, Mike Stathopoulos, Chris Durno, Kris Goodjohn, and Kevin Doell all contributed goals, while Adam Berkhoel was forced to only make 16 saves.
April 18th - Mike Stathopoulos contributed yet again as the Gladiators clenched the series versus the Sea Wolves with a convincing 3-1 home win. Gwinnett notched another power play goal as it saw Adam Berkhoel turn away 30 shots.
April 24th - With Joe Bourne scoring the game winner at 17:21 of the first overtime period, Gwinnett opens up the second round of the playoffs versus the Charlotte Checkers with a win. It would be the last time the home fans would see a Gladiators win, however, during the 2004-2005 season as Gwinnett dropped the following evening’s game, also in overtime.
April 28th - Even Chicago’s last minute reassignment of Ryan Van Buskirk the day before wasn’t enough to help the Gladiators as their season came to an abrupt end with a 3-0 loss to the Checkers. Facing elimination and a long bus ride home from Charlotte, the team came out firing, but couldn’t solve goaltender Alex Westlund and were forced to watch as their season drew to what many thought was a premature close.
May 3rd - Following the end of the Gladiators season, the trio of goaltender Adam Berkhoel, center Kevin Doell, and defensemen Ryan Van Buskirk get the call to return to Chicago. The Wolves would go on to make it to Calder Cup Finals, where they would be swept by the Philadelphia Phantoms.
May 4th - The Gladiators are featured on Fox 5’s Wednesday’s Child segment. Mike Vigilante, Lane Manson, Jimmy Jackson and mascot Maximus were on hand to show brothers Kareem, Damian, and LyDerice some hockey pointers.
June 6th - The ECHL announces that Rob Patton, Director of Ticket Operations for the Gladiators, has been chosen to receive the 2004-2005 Award of Excellence for Ticket Sales. The winner, chosen by a league wide vote of general managers and ticketing managers, was announced at the annual ECHL League Meetings, held June 6 - June 8 in Las Vegas.
June 9th - Completing the trade that brought Andrew Oke to Gwinnett, the team trades Randy Dagenais to the Toledo Storm. The defenseman had finished the season with 14 goals and 33 assists for a total of 47 points in 74 games.
June 10th - The Gladiators announce their season ending roster, consisting of Joe Bourne, Cam Brown, Jeff Campbell, Chris Durno, Rick Emmett, Sean Fields, Kris Goodjohn, Jimmy Jackson, Andrew Oke, Pascal Pelletier, Ryan Van Buskirk, and Mike Vigilante. The list can only include players who signed ECHL contracts in 2004-2005. Therefore, Adam Berkhoel, Libor Ustrnul, Lane Manson, Brad Schell, Kevin Doell, and Colin Stuart were not present as they were contracted to the Atlanta Thrashers. Also missing were Adam Smyth and Mike Stathopoulos, who were under contract to the Chicago Wolves.
June 22nd - The ECHL announces that Gladiators President and General Manager Steve Chapman has been selected as the 2004-2005 ECHL Executive of the Year. Voted on annually by ECHL Governors, Chapman, who was a runner-up for the award last season, was honored at the ECHL Governors Meeting held June 21st and 22nd in Las Vegas.
June 29th - Becoming the first player to sign on for the upcoming year, Jimmy Jackson is to play a third season with the team. An original member of the team, the defenseman represented Gwinnett at the 2005 ECHL All Star Game and posted 12 goals plus 17 assists for 29 points in 52 games last season with the Gladiators.
July 13th - Inking their first rookies for the upcoming season, Gwinnett announces the signing of Ryan Reid and Jared Ross. Reid, following his senior season at Lake Superior State, played in 11 regular season games and 3 playoff games with the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, notching two goals and an assist. Ross, a rookie out of the University of Alabama-Huntsville, joins the team after playing 12 games with the Motor City Mechanics of the UHL, tallying 3 goals and 5 assists for 8 points.
July 20th - Signing on for his 11th professional year of hockey, Gladiators veteran Rick Emmett commits to his third year with the team. In the 2004-2005 season, the defenseman posted 8 goals and 24 assists for 32 points in 60 games and finished with a team high +23 plus/minus rating.
August 2nd - The Gladiators announce that captain Cam Brown will play his 3rd season, 15th professional season overall, with Gwinnett. Returning to lead the team after breaking multiple ECHL records during the 2004-2005 season, the defenseman also appeared in 68 games, scoring 14 goals and 19 assists for 33 points.
August 10th - Returning back to the team he saw no action with, Ryan Fultz inks a deal with Gwinnett. Part of the February 2005 trade that saw Fultz come to Gwinnett from Texas for Alex Sawruk, just to return three days later after the trade was nullified, the forward scored 20 goals and 20 assists in 71 games with the Wildcatters during the 2004-2005 season.
August 16th - The Gladiators announce that they have set their preseason schedule. For the second year in a row, the team will travel to Pensacola to play a pair of games against the Ice Pilots on Friday, October 14th and Saturday, October 15th.
September 6th - Matt York signs on with the Gladiators. The defenseman will begin his first full professional season, after appearing in 6 games last year with the Reading Royals after finishing his final collegiate season with Ferris State.
September 8th - In response to the catastrophic devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Gwinnett Gladiators donate $5,000 to the Salvation Army through the Gladiators for Kids Foundation. General Manager Steve Chapman comments “The Gladiators organization is particularly moved…by the fact that we have made many friends along the Gulf Coast through our history in Mobile, Alabama, and here in Gwinnett.”
September 12th - The Gladiators announce they’ll be serving up a second helping of soup for the coming season with the signing of Jeff Campbell. The forward, whose nickname is “Soupy,” returns to the team following a rookie campaign spanning 64 points, with a team leading 30 goals plus 34 assists, an assist in the 2005 All Star Game, and a selection to the ECHL 2004-2005 All Rookie Team.
September 14th - The ECHL announces that, due to flooding and other issues as a result of Hurrican Katrina, Mississippi Sea Wolves operating owner Mike Rogers announced Wednesday that the team would not be able to operate in 2005-06 but that it would return to action at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in 2006-07.
September 21 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed forward Scott Kelman and defenseman Jon Awe for the 2005-06 season. Kelman is a first round selection, drafted 15th overall, in the 1999 NHL draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. A rookie out of Northeastern University, Awe comes to the Gladiators after completing his senior season where he appeared in a career high 36 games for the Huskies scoring 2 goals and 10 assists for 12 points.
September 28 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed goaltender Sean Fields for the 2005-06 season. Fields returns for his second season with the Gladiators after finishing his rookie campaign last year with Gwinnett. Originally signed as an emergency backup, Fields started in and won his first start with the Gladiators on December 5th in a 4-2 win over the Texas Wildcatters.
October 5 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed forwards Chris Durno and Pascal Pelletier for the 2005-06 season. Durno comes to the Gladiators after attending training camp in the American Hockey League with the Peoria Rivermen. Durno will begin his third professional season, all with the Gladiators. Playing in six games at the end of the 2004-2005 season with the Gladiators, Pelletier posted an assist for Gwinnett, finishing the year with 10 goals and 29 assists for 39 points and 2 power play goals.
October 6 – In preparation for a training camp that starts the following day, the Gladiators announce their roster for camp. Opening camp with 7 defensemen, 11 forwards and 3 goaltenders on the training camp roster, twelve of the 21 players attending training camp also attended training camp in the American Hockey League.
October 12 - Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Michael Garnett became the second former Gwinnett Gladiator to appear in an NHL game in the Thrashers' 2-0 loss on Wednesday night against the Montreal Canadiens. The Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native made 29 saves on 30 shots in relief of injured starter Mike Dunham and did not record a decision in the contest. Garnett joins netminder Adam Munro, who appeared in 7 games with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2003-04 season, as the second former Gladiator to appear in the NHL.
October 14 – In response to the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Gladiators announce that they have partnered up with the ECHL and Salvation Army to help raise awareness and funds for those affected. On the Gladiators October 21st Opening Night Game vs. Charlotte, both the Gladiators and the Checkers will team together in an effort to raise money for the Salvation Army to assist the people of the Gulf Coast. the goaltenders from both of the teams will don identical jerseys specially designed to recognize the on-going efforts to rebuild the areas hit by the recent hurricanes. Each jersey will have an embroidered Salvation Army patch on the left chest and the jerseys have a red body with lace at neck and trimmed with navy blue and white stripes on the sleeves and on the waist. In honor of the location of the ECHL league team and surrounding area that was hit hardest by the storms, Mississippi is written diagonally across the front.
October 15 - In the course of a week, two former Gwinnett Gladiators register their first NHL games. Having been called up October 13th to fill the gap left by Mike Dunham's injury, Adam Berkhoel got his first start in net this evening for the Atlanta Thrashers as the team was in New York to take on the Rangers. Posting only 2 goals in their last three games, all with former Gladiators in net, the Thrashers lost 5-1. Berkhoel stopped 24 of the 29 shots he faced.
October 21 - Gladiators netminder Tuomas Tarkki posted 34 saves and shut out the Charlotte Checkers for 65 minutes but it wasn’t enough in a 1-0 shootout loss in both teams season opener. Gwinnett could not capitalize on 8 power play opportunities throughout the game while Charlotte went 0-for-6 on the man advantage in a contest that saw a combined 25 penalties and 56 penalty minutes.
October 22 - Sean Fields made 38 saves to record a 6-0 shutout win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots on Saturday night to help the Gladiators improve to 1-0-1 on the season. Brad Schell scored the first goal of the 2005-06 season for the Gladiators punching a centering pass from Jeff Campbell on a 2-on-1 break past Pensacola netminder Frederic Cloutier for an early 1-0 lead. Gwinnett finished with 52 shots while going 2-for-10 on the power play. The Ice Pilots went 0-for-10 on the man advantage in the shutout loss while posting 55 penalty minutes.
November 3 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators goaltender Sean Fields has been named a runner up for the ECHL Goaltender of the Month award for October. Alaska goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu was named the recipient. Fields posted a 1.44 goals against average and a .950 save percentage to help the Gladiators remain unbeaten through the first month of the season. The Edmonton, Alberta native recorded a 6-0 shutout at Pensacola making 38 saves in his first start of the season on October 22nd.
November 8 - The Gwinnett Gladiators present the Light the Lamp charitable fundraising program and announc that Peggy Slappey Properties has joined as a charter member of the new endeavor. The Gladiators Light the Lamp Program will raise money for the many North Metro Atlanta Area charities currently being served by the Gladiators Foundation for Kids. Through the program, fans and corporate partners will have the opportunity to pledge a monetary donation for each home goal that the Gladiators score during the 2005-2006 season. Peggy Slappey Properties has agreed to kick off the program through a generous donation of $ 50.00 for each goal that the Gladiators score at home during the season.
November 11 - The Gwinnett Gladiators used a sellout crowd of 11,355 and two goals from Steve Slaton to beat the Florida Everblades 5-2 on Friday Night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center to improve to 4-1-1 on the season. Slaton posted his first goal of the season 2:29 into the first period to give the Gladiators a 1-0 lead. The sell out crowd is the third in team history.
November 21 - On November 15th, 12-year-old Mac Howard won the $1400 Kroger Chuck-A-Puck jackpot. However, instead of setting himself up with candy for life, he decided to donate half of his prize to Rainbow Village, a transitional housing facility in Norcross. Delane Young, Pharmacy Manager at the Sugarloaf Kroger, was on hand the evening of November 18 to present Mac with his winnings in a pre-game ceremony. When Kroger learned of Mac's generosity, they decided to donate an additional $500 to his gift. In total, Rainbow Village received $1200 in Kroger Gift Cards from the pair.
December 13 - . Pascal Pelletier posted 4 goals as the Gladiators move into sole possession of first place in the ECHL South Division with a 6-3 win over the Columbia Inferno on Tuesday night. Pelletier put the game away as he exploded for three goals while completing the hat-trick in the third period. His first tally of the period, his second of the game came 7:16 into the third. He then netted the hat trick to give the Gladiators a 5-3 lead 10:44 into the third period. His final goal came on an open net in the waning seconds of the game.
December 13 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators rookie forward Guillaume Desbiens has been named the ECHL player of the Week for the week of December 5th through December 11th. Desbiens had 10 points (2g, 8a) for the Gladiator in four games during the week helping Gwinnett go 3-0-1 and move into a tie for third place in the ECHL South Division.
December 17 - Brad Schell recorded his first professional hat trick and Gwinnett posted three shorthanded goals to beat the Toledo Storm 6-3 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday night. Schell exploded for three goals for the Gladiators to help Gwinnett to a 4-1 lead after two periods. His first, to tie the game at 1-1, came at the 11:04 mark shorthanded. His second of the game came at the 12:48 mark of the second period, and hr completed the hat trick at the 18:58 mark of the second period.
December 20 – The second consecutive Gladiator to garner the award, the ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Pascal Pelletier was named the ECHL InGlasCo Player of the Week for the week of December 12th thru December 18th. Pelletier posted 6 points in two games last week for the Gladiators. He tied a team record recording four goals and also had an assist in the Gladiators 6-3 win over the Columbia Inferno on December 13th.
December 26 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that forward Milan Gajic was assigned to the Gladiators from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. A rookie out of the University of Michigan, Gajic was selected by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 4th round, #112 overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Under contract to the Bruins, Gajic has appeared in 13 AHL games this season with Providence posting a point and 6 penalty minutes.
December 30 - The ECHL announces the American Conference All Star team and Gladiators defenseman Troy Milam along with forwards Guillaume Desbiens and Pascal Pelletier are named to the American Conference team. Milam makes his second ECHL All Star game appearance having represented the Gladiators at the 2004 ECHL All Star Game in Peoria, Illinois. The Lake Orion, Michigan native recorded a goal and an assist in his first All Star Appearance. Pelletier, currently on recall to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, makes his first trip to the ECHL All Star Game in his second professional season. Also his first appearance, Guillaume Desbiens currently leads Gladiators rookies in scoring with 12 goals and 14 assists for 26 points.
January 4 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators goaltender Sean Fields has been named the ECHL goaltender of the week for December 26th through December 31st as he went 3-0-0 helping the Gladiators move into a tie for first place in the ECHL South Division. Fields won all three games on the road posting a 3-2 win for the Gladiators on December 26th making 31 saves for Gwinnett. He posted back to back wins over the Florida Everblades on December 30th and 31st.
January 4 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle has been named, for the third consecutive year, a co-coach in the ECHL All Star Game. Pyle will represent the Gladiators as a co-coach on the American Conference squad. Pyle makes his third consecutive trip to an ECHL All Star game having represented the Gladiators on the Western Conference squad during the 2004 game in Peoria, Illinois while he was a co-coach on the American Conference Squad during the 2005 game in Reading, Pennsylvania.
January 14 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that goaltender Mike Dunham has been assigned to the Gladiators on a conditioning assignment from their NHL affiliate, the Atlanta Thrashers. Dunham signed with the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent on September 2, 2005. Dunham was activated off the IR by the Thrashers on Thursday, January 12th after missing Atlanta’s previous 28 games with a groin injury.
January 16 – With Mike Dunham in net, the Gladiators overcame a 2-0 first period deficit to knock off the Inferno 6-2 on Monday afternoon in front of 6,287 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Columbia opened up a 2-0 lead on the Gladiators off of Pat Noonan less than five minutes into the first period. Noonan's first goal came 3:37 into the first period. His second came just 58 seconds later, beating Dunham with a snap shot from the off wing. Hayward posted an assist on the goal at 4:34 of the first period. The Gladiators buckled down, however, and notched six goals en route to the win.
January 17 - The ECHL announces today that Gladiators forward Milan Gajic has been named the InGlasCo ECHL player of the week for January 9th through January 15th. Assigned to the Gladiators from the Providence Bruins of the AHL on December 26th, Gajic posted a game winning goal and 8 assists for the Gladiators for 9 points to win the award.
January 19 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Jeff Campbell has been named to the American Conference squad for the 2006 ECHL All Star Game replacing Pascal Pelletier, who is currently on recall to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. In his second professional season, Campbell will be making his second consecutive trip to the ECHL All Star Game as he represented the Gladiators in the 2005 All Star Game in Reading, Pennsylvania. Campbell posted an assist for the American Conference in the 6-2 loss last season.
January 26 - For the second year in a row, the National Conference defeated the American Conference at the 2006 ECHL All Star Game. Held at the Savemart Center in Fresno, California and home to the Fresno Falcons, 7,667 fans from around the league were on hand for last night's game. Initially a close match through the beginning of the third period, the National Conference blew the game wide open on Charlotte goaltender Jeff Glass with two goals within 20 seconds, starting less than a minute into the period. The National team would score once more before the American squad answered back with two quick goals of their own. Following a seventh National goal, American Conference coaches Karl Taylor of Reading and Gwinnett's Jeff Pyle pulled Glass in favor of the extra attacker. Their plan worked and the American Conference made it interesting in the final minutes by scoring two goals, with their 6th and final goal of the game coming from Jeff Campbell with only 18 seconds remaining.
February 1 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Brad Schell has been named the ECHL InGlasCo Player of the week for January 22nd through January 29th. Schell becomes the fourth player this season on the Gladiators to be named player of the week. Assigned to the Gladiators from the Chicago Wolves on Friday, January 27th, Schell posted a goal and two assists to help the Gladiators to a 5-4 win over Columbia on Saturday night. He then followed that up with a five point night off a goal and 4 assists in a 7-3 win over Columbia on Sunday afternoon.
February 4 - The Gwinnett Gladiators used Brad Schell's second hat trick of the season and two goals from Cam Brown to post a come from behind 5-3 win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots in front of 10,376 Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. With the victory, Gwinnett won its seventh consecutive game tying a season best and team best for most consecutive wins this season.
February 11 - The South Carolina Stingrays halted the Gladiators franchise best winning streak at nine games in a 5-3 win over Gwinnett on Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Gwinnett got three assists from Brad Schell but could not overcome three South Carolina power play goals in the loss. After overcoming a two goal deficit to tie the game at three, the Stingrays scored two goals in the third to snap the streak.
February 22 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that rookie Guillaume Desbiens has been re-assigned to the team from the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. In a separate transaction, the Gladiators acquired Brian Teixeira from the Charlotte Checkers for financial considerations. Teixeria comes to the Gladiators from the Charlotte Checkers where he has recorded one goal and 3 assists for 4 points in 23 games this season for the Checkers after playing four seasons at Williams College.
February 28 - The Gwinnett Gladiators used two goals from Jon Awe and a shorthanded tally from Jeff Campbell to beat the Pensacola Ice Pilots 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Pensacola Civic Center to clinch a 2006 Kelly Cup Playoff berth. Gwinnett improves to 36-11-7 on the season with the win. This date is the earliest the team has even clinched a playoff berth.
March 1 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that forward Joel Stepp has been assigned to the Gladiators from their NHL affiliate, the Atlanta Thrashers. Stepp has split time this season between the Augusta Lynx and the Portland Pirates of the AHL. Atlanta acquired Stepp in a trade with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in exchange for goaltender Jani Hurme.
March 3 - The ECHL Announces that Gladiators forward Milan Gajic has been named the CCM Vector Rookie of the Month for February 2006. Under contract to the Providence Bruins of the AHL, Gajic was assigned to the Gladiators on December 26th and garnered ECHL Player of the Week honors during the week of January 9th through the 15th. Gajic posted 15 points for the Gladiators with 8 goals and 7 assists during February while he had three power play goals and was a +7 for Gwinnett during the month.
March 4 - Jon Awe recorded his first professional hat trick on the Gladiators adult hat night to help Gwinnett to a 6-3 win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots in front of 6,582 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday night. Awe scored his third goal of the game with just 50 seconds left in the contest to post the hat trick and round out the scoring for Gwinnett in the win. Awe scored all three goals in the win off of slap shots from the point, this one coming from the left wing circle beating Pensacola netminder David Cann over the shoulder.
March 5 – Before the evening’s contest against Pensacola, the Gladiators give away an extraordinary one-of-a-kind promotional item. The first 1,000 fans in attendance receive a FREE special limited edition Runaway Bride Any Similarity to Actual Persons is Unintended and Purely Coincidental Bobblehead Doll. Garnering nation television coverage, The Runaway Bride Any Similarity to Actual Persons is Unintended and Purely Coincidental Bobblehead Doll is the 3rd collectors-item statuette released by the Gladiators. Previous bobbleheads have depicted the team mascot Maximus and veteran team captain Cam Brown.
March 7 - The ECHL announced today that Gladiators defenseman Jon Awe has been named the ECHL Player of the Week for February 27th through March 5th. Awe, a defenseman, had 6 points for the Gladiators last week helping Gwinnett go 4-0-0 to improve to 39-11-7 and 85 points while becoming the first team in the ECHL’s American Conference to clinch a Kelly Cup Playoff Berth. Awe began the week posting two goals for the Gladiators in a 3-2 win over Pensacola then recorded his first professional hat trick in the Gladiators 6-3 win over the Ice Pilots on March 4th.
March 14 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that their 3rd Annual Jersey Off Our Backs Charity Auction raised over $46,000.00. The auction took place following the Gladiators thrilling 4-3 overtime victory against South Carolina on Sunday night. The jerseys, designed as a tribute to US military personnel past and present, featured the tan and brown camouflage design presently worn by US military serving in the Middle East. As with Gwinnett’s traditional jersey, the Gladiators crest adorned the front of each sweater with the United States flag highlighted on the front left chest. The jerseys were worn at both Saturday nights game vs. Charlotte as well as on Sunday. This auction eclipsed the team’s previous record of $28,000.00 raised during the 2005 auction and nearly tripled the $16,000 raised during the team’s inaugural season auction in 2004.
March 15 – The Gladiators hold their 1st annual Fed by the Gladiators event to benefit the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and the Gladiators Foundation for Kids at Little Gardens Restaurant in Lawrenceville. Team members of the Gladiators serve as hosts and act as waiters for a great night out at Little Gardens Restaurant. All of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Gwinnett Children’s Shelter and the Gladiators Foundation for Kids. The Gwinnett Children’s Shelter is a youth home located in Buford, Georgia, for abused or neglected children.
March 24 - The Gwinnett Gladiators clinched a first round bye in the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs by beating the Pensacola Ice Pilots 6-3 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Gladiators win, coupled with a Greenville loss against Charlotte, clinched the first round bye for Gwinnett. The Gladiators are scheduled to open the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs on April 15th with the first game of their second round series. Gwinnett got two goals from Rick Emmett in the win, while Joel Stepp and Scott Mifsud each finished with three assists for the Gladiators.
March 25 - The Gwinnett Gladiators used Derek Nesbitt’s first professional hat trick to knock off the Pensacola Ice Pilots 5-2 on Saturday night in Pensacola. Nesbitt got the Gladiators on the board on the power play at the 14:54 mark of the first period, then the team took its first lead of the game with his second goal of the game with 3:21 left in the second period. Nesbitt notched the hat trick by posting his third goal of the game at the 5:57 of the third.
March 31 - The Gwinnett Gladiators used three first period goals and a third period goal by Milan Gajic to clinch the ECHL’s South Division and the American Conference beating the South Carolina Stingrays 4-3 on Saturday night at the North Charleston Coliseum. Gwinnett improves to 48-14-7 on the season. Milan Gajic pushed the Gladiators lead back to two goals with his game winner at the 15:25 mark of the second period.
April 4 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators rookie defenseman Jon Awe has been named to the ECHL All Rookie team. The All-Rookie Team is determined in a vote of ECHL coaches, who were asked to select a goaltender, two defensemen and three forwards. A rookie is a player who has played in less than 25 professional games. In 46 games this season for the Gladiators, Awe has recorded 13 goals and 21 assists for 34 points and a +19 rating for the Gladiators and was named the ECHL Player of the Week for the week of February 26th through March 5th.
April 5 - The ECHL announces the First Team All-ECHL selections as determined by a vote of ECHL coaches. Gladiators forward Jeff Campbell and defenseman Troy Milam have been selected to the team. Campbell and Milam are the only two players from the American Conference on the All ECHL first and second teams. They join Luke Curtin of the Fresno Falcons, Alex Leavitt and Ryan Gaucher and Matt Underhill of the Alaska Aces on the First Team. Campbell was named to the All ECHL rookie team last year. He currently leads Gwinnett in scoring with 80 points off of 30 goals and 50 assists in 60 games with the Gladiators.
April 8 - Steve Slaton posted a natural hat trick to lead the Gladiators past the Augusta Lynx 5-3 on Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The win was the Gladiators 50th of the season as Gwinnett finishes the 2005-06 regular season with a 50-15-7 record and 107 points on the year. After trailing 2-1, Slaton got things going for the Gladiators :48 into the second period, completing his natural hat trick in the first seven minutes of the second period.
April 11 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators defenseman Steve Slaton has been named the InGlasCo ECHL Player of the Week for the week of April 2nd through the 8th. Slaton becomes the 6th different Gladiator to win the award this season helping Gwinnett set the ECHL record for most Player of the Week winners from one team in one year. Slaton helped the Gladiators reach 50 wins on the season with victories in Gwinnett’s final two regular season games last weekend.
April 12 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Jeff Campbell has been named the ECHLs Most Valuable Player for the 2005-06 season. The award is presented annually to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team as voted by the coaches of each of the ECHL teams. Campbell finished the 2005-06 season as the Gladiators leading scorer with 83 points from 30 goals and 53 assists to set a new team record for most points in a season. He is also the only Gladiator in team history to score 30 goals in back to back seasons.
April 16 – The Gladiators amazingly overcome a three-goal-deficit to beat the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 2 of the Division Semi-Finals Series. Behind by three goals midway though the second, the Gladiators got back into the game with two second period goals while Milan Gajic equalized the contest for the Gladiators with 22 seconds left in regulation. Scott Mifsud then recorded his first goal of the post season at the 6:02 mark of overtime to secure the win.
April 19 - Milan Gajic’s breakaway in the second period proved to be the game winner as Gwinnett defeated South Carolina 3-1 in Game 3 to complete the sweep of the South Carolina Stingrays in the American South Division Semi-Finals three-games-to-none. Gwinnett will now face the winner of the Greenville-Florida series as the Everblades leads 2-games-to-none. The sweep of the South Carolina Stingrays was the first time in franchise history that the Gladiators swept a team in a playoff series.
April 26 - Joel Stepp posted the first hat trick in Gladiators playoff history to propel Gwinnett past the Florida Everblades in Game 1 of the American Conference South Division Championship series at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Wednesday night. Stepp's second tally of the game with just 35 seconds left in the middle stanza tied the game at three. Gwinnett then took a 4-3 lead on Stepp's third goal of the contest just 5:20 into the third period.
April 27 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators goaltender Sean Fields has been named the ECHL goaltender of the week for April 17th through April 23rd as he helped the Gladiators clinch their Division Semi-Final Series against the South Carolina Stingrays. Fields posted 26 saves in a 3-1 win over South Carolina on April 19th to help Gwinnett complete a 3-games-to-none sweep of the South Carolina Stingrays and advance to the Division Championship series against the Florida Everblades.
May 1 - Milan Gajic posted a hat trick for the Gladiators to help Gwinnett beat the Florida Everblades 7-4 in Game 4 of the American Conference South Division Finals and win the best-of-five series 3 games to one. With the win, Gwinnett advances to the American Conference Finals. Adam Berkhoel collected his fourth win of the post season making 27 saves in the contest including a handful of point blank saves in the first period to keep the game close before Gwinnett blew it open later in the opening period.
May 5 - Guillaume Desbiens recorded the third hat trick of the post season for the Gladiators helping Gwinnett past the Toledo Storm, 5-3, in Game 1 of the American Conference Championship series at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday night. Desbiens notched an empty net goal for the 5-3 lead with just 3.9 left in the third period. Brad Schell tipped the puck out into the neutral zone to Desbiens who finished the hat trick by backhanding the puck into the empty net for the game’s final score.
May 6 - On Tuesday, May 6th, 2006 the Gwinnett Gladiators were honored by the Gwinnett Country Board of Commissioners with their very own Gwinnett Gladiators Day. Charles Bannister, Board Chairman, designated June 6, 2006 as Gwinnett Gladiators Day in Gwinnett County. Cam Brown, Maximus, and members of the Gladiators office staff were on hand as Mr. Bannister presented the resolution before the Board.
May 16 - Scott Mifsud ripped a slap shot over the shoulder of Toledo netminder Logan Koopmans just 2:57 into overtime to clinch the 2006 American Conference title for the Gwinnett Gladiators. Gwinnett advances to the Kelly Cup Finals for the first time in team history with the win as they clinch the American Conference Finals series 4 games to 1 over the Toledo Storm. Gwinnett opened up a 2-0 lead on the Storm with goals 79 seconds apart in the first period before Toledo stormed back in the second period with a pair of goals to tie the game at two.
May 24 – After suffering through an insane travel schedule that saw the Gladiators spread out in various U.S. cities en route to Alaska, Kimbi Daniels broke a 2-2 tie with less than a minute left in the third period to help the Alaska Aces past the Gwinnett Gladiators 3-2 in Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals. With the win, the Aces now lead the Kelly Cup Finals 1 game to none.
May 31 - Cam Brown had a goal and two assists to lead the Gwinnett Gladiators past the Alaska Aces 6-1 in Game 4 of the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals. With the win, the Gladiators force Game 5 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Thursday night at 7:35 p.m. as Alaska leads the best of seven series 3 games to 1. Matt Riddle ruined Adam Berkhoel’s shutout bid for the Gladiators with a power play goal with 9 seconds left in the third period. Gwinnett out shot the Aces 36-20 while converting on 2-of-7 power play chances. Alaska went 1-for-11 on the man advantage scoring their only goal on the power play with just 9 seconds left in the third period.
June 1 - The Alaska Aces beat the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in Game 5 of the Finals to capture the 2006 Kelly Cup. Alaska used a second period goal by Mike Scott on a power play to take the lead and then buckled down defensively to knock off the Gladiators. For the fourth consecutive game, the Gladiators posted the game’s first goal and looked to set the tone. Alaska’s Mike Scott was named the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs MVP as he posted two goals and had an assist in the Finals while he finished the playoffs with 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points and 2 game winning goals for the Aces.
June 6 - On Tuesday, May 6, 2006 the Gwinnett Gladiators were honored by the Gwinnett Country Board of Commissioners with their very own Gwinnett Gladiators Day. Cam Brown, Maximus, and members of the Gladiators office staff were on hand as Mr. Bannister presented the resolution before the Board.
June 20 - The ECHL announced that Gladiators President and General Manager Steve Chapman was the 2005-06 winner of the ECHL Executive of the Year Award. Chapman was presented with the award, which is determined annually by a vote of ECHL Governors, at the Annual Board of Governors Meeting. It is the second consecutive season that Chapman has won the award.
July 7 - Three former Gladiators participate in the Atlanta Thrashers Prospects Camp at the Ice Forum in Duluth. Defensemen Jon Awe and Jimmy Sharrow as well as forward Jared Ross participate in the camp that focuses on improving off-ice conditioning and advanced on-ice training.
July 7 - The Gwinnett Gladiators extend qualifying offers for the 2006-07 season to eight players. The eight players include: Jonathan Awe, Jeff Campbell, Chris Durno, Sean Fields, Scott Mifsud, Pascal Pelletier, Brian Teixeira, and Matt York.
July 10 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators President and General Manager Steve Chapman has been named the Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors. The Board unanimously elected Chapman at the Annual Board of Governors Meeting. Chapman succeeds Craig Brush of the Florida Everblades, who served as Chairman for four years and did not re-offer.
July 16 – Gladiator Defenseman Troy Milam helps lead The U.S. National Team to a gold medal at the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championship held in Hungary. The U.S. team made history as it shut out defending champion Sweden 6-0 to take the gold.
July 17 - The ECHL announces the playing schedule for the 2006-07 regular season. The Gladiators family-friendly schedule features 26 weekend games and a rematch of the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals when Alaska comes to town on January 30th and February 3rd.
July 19 - The Atlanta Thrashers announced Tuesday that they have re-signed former Gladiator Kevin Doell. The forward originally signed as a free-agent with the Thrashers on June 30, 2004. Doell turned pro at the start of the 2003 season, and since has split time between the Gladiators and the AHL Chicago Wolves.
July 24 - The Atlanta Thrashers announce that Gladiators Head Coach Jeff Pyle will be the Thrashers’ coach for the Traverse City Prospect Evaluation Tournament taking place from September 8th through 12th. The Atlanta Thrashers will be among eight NHL clubs participating in the 2006 Traverse City Prospect Evaluation Tournament, hosted by the Detroit Red Wings at the Center I.C.E. Arena in Traverse City, Michigan.
July 25 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have agreed to terms with forward Mike Vigilante for the 2006-07 season. After taking the 2005-2006 season off, Vigilante returns to Gwinnett for his third season with the Gladiators and his fourth under head coach Jeff Pyle.
August 8 – Scott Mifsud returns to the Gladiators for the 2006-07 season. The forward ranked 4th in scoring on the Gladiators during his rookie season in 2005-2006 posting 63 points.
August 26 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Jonathan Awe and Matt York for the 2006 - 07 season. Rookies during the 2005-2006 season, Awe and York helped the Gladiators capture the 2006 American Conference Championship while advancing to the Kelly Cup Finals.
August 30 - Forwards Brandon Kaleniecki and Andrew Contois sign on for the 2006-07 season. Both Kaleniecki and Contois played their college hockey in the state of Michigan.
September 7 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed defenseman Paul Flache for the 2006-07 season. Flache returns to Gwinnett as he appeared in 62 games during the Gladiators inaugural season in 2003-04. Fans remember that he scored the double overtime game winning goal for the Gladiators in game 4 of the Division Finals against the Louisiana IceGators in the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
September 21 - Defensemen Jamie Milam and Brian Lee sign contracts to play with the Gladiators for the 2006-2007 season. Milam is the young brother of former Gladiator Troy Milam and Lee spent his first professional season with the Norfolk Admirals.
October 3 - The Gladiators announce that they have signed forwards Blue Bennefield and Joel Stepp for the 2006-07 season. Bennefield returns to Gwinnett after playing for the Gladiators during the team’s inaugural 2003-04 season. Stepp returns to the Gladiators after helping Gwinnett capture the 2006 American Conference Championship.
October 4 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that training camp for the 2006-07 season will begin on Friday, October 6th with the team’s first on-ice session at the Ice Forum in Duluth beginning at 12:10 p.m. They additionally announce the official Training Camp Roster as well as the full Training Camp Schedule. The team is set to visit Augusta for their lone preseason game on October 14th.
October 9 - The team alters it’s training camp roster. In four separate transactions, the Gladiators traded forward Derek Nesbitt to the Idaho Steelheads in exchange for financial considerations, added forward Jeff Campbell as he was released from AHL training camp in Grand Rapids, added defenseman Jon Awe as he was released from AHL training camp in Portland and released goaltender Chad Collins.
October 14 - The Gladiators drop a 4-3 decision to the Augusta Lynx in a shootout at the James Brown Arena in the teams only pre-season game. Mike Vigilante, Brandon Kaleniecki and Bruce Mulherin scored for Gwinnett.
October 16 - The Gladiators release six players from training camp, leaving the roster now standing at 20 players. Gwinnett released forwards Brett Pilkington, Randy Harris, Brian Teixeira, Justin Cross in addition to defensemen David Mullins and Tito Kamel.
October 18 - Defenseman Scott Lehman is assigned to the team from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League and defenseman Jim Jackson signs a contract. Additionally, the Gladiators release forward Bryan Dobek and Adam Smyth is recalled to the Atlanta Thrashers for reassignment. Jackson returns to the Gladiators after spending the 2005-2006 season playing in Germany.
October 20 - The Gwinnett Gladiators get a pair of goals from Brad Schell and 33 saves from goaltender Dave Caruso to get past the South Carolina Stingrays 4-2 in the Gladiators season opener. The team never trailed as a goal from Mike Vigilante set the Gladiators lead early in the second period.
October 21 - Despite three assists by Brad Schell, the Gwinnett Gladiators could not catch the Augusta Lynx on Saturday night at the James Brown Arena in a 6-5 loss, their first road game of the season. Gwinnett trailed by a goal for much of the evening but could not equalize the contest. With the loss, the Gladiators fall to 1-1-0 on the season.
October 28 - In his second professional start, Dan Turple makes 24 saves for the Gladiators to post a 4-0 shutout win over the Columbia Inferno on Saturday night on the Your Best Rate Financial Home Ice at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Blue Bennefield finished with two goal in the win for Gwinnett as the Gladiators improved to 3-1-0 on the season.
October 29 - Colton Fretter posted four goals for the Gladiators in a 6-3 win over the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum. Fretter completed the hat trick with his third goal of the game with just 1:57 left in the final period. Gwinnett rounded out the scoring as Fretter added his 4th goal of the night as he added an empty net goal for the Gladiators with just 29 seconds left in the third period.
October 31 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators rookie forward Colton Fretter has been named the InGlasCo ECHL Player of the Week while rookie goaltender Dan Turple has been named the RBK Hockey Goaltender of the Week for the Week of October 23rd through October 29th. Fretter tied a Gladiators team record with 4 goals in a 6-3 win over the South Carolina Stingrays on October 29th and Turple recorded his first professional win and first professional shutout on October 28th in a 4-0 victory over the Columbia Inferno.
November 3 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators rookie forward Colton Fretter has been named ECHL Rookie of the Month for October after scoring in all five of Gwinnett’s games this season. Fretter tied a Gladiators team record with 4 goals in a 6-3 win over the South Carolina Stingrays on October 29th. The foward scored his first professional goal on the power play in the Gladiators 6-5 loss at Augusta on October 21st and had his first professional point, an assist, in the Gladiators opening night win over South Carolina on October 20th.
November 4 - The Gwinnett Gladiators win their fifth consecutive game by defeating the Texas Wildcatters 6-3 on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 11,355 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The sellout was the team’s fourth in their history.
November 13 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that forward Jeff Campbell has been called up to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. At the time of his call up, Campbell ranked second in scoring on the Gladiators with 17 points in 11 games which also shares second in scoring in the ECHL. He would spend the remainder of the season with Grand Rapids.
December 9 - The Gwinnett Gladiators shutout the Augusta Lynx 1-0 on Saturday night at the James Brown Arena in Augusta in the second of back-to-back games against the Lynx. Dave Caruso made 30 saves in the win to pick up his first professional shutout for the Gladiators. Augusta pulled its netminder with over a minute left, but Caruso stood strong turning aside eight third period shots to preserve the win for Gwinnett.
December 22 - The ECHL announces the line up for the American Conference All Stars for the 2007 RBK ECHL All Star Game in Boise, Idaho. Brad Schell and Jon Awe were named starters of the American Conference squad while a third, Colton Fretter, was named a reserve for the team. It is the first selection for all three players.
January 9 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Brad Schell has been named the CCM TACKS ECHL Player of the Month for December. Schell entered and finished the month of December as the ECHL’s leading scorer. He began the month with an ECHL leading 30 points while adding 8 goals and 22 assists to finish December with 60 points. His 22 assists and 30 points during December was an ECHL high in both categories during the month.
January 13 - The Gwinnett Gladiators matched their longest winning streak of the season as they won their 5th straight game, defeating the Texas Wildcatters 3-2 on Teddy Bear Toss Night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Gladiator fans didn’t have to wait long to toss their teddy bears on to the ice for the 4th Annual Teddy Bear Toss as Brad Schell posted the first goal of the game 3:29 into the first period.
January 15 – Mike Vigilante posts his 50th career goal as a Gladiator with 2:58 left in the first period of a 5-4 loss to the Texas Wildcatters. Vigilante corralled a rebound in the slot and punched the puck past Texas netminder Matt Yeats for the goal.
January 16 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have acquired defenseman Jon Sitko from the Toledo Storm in exchange for forward Bruce Mulherin. At the time of the trade Sitko currently ranked fourth among Toledo defensemen with 6 points off a goal and 5 assists in 33 games this season with the Storm.
January 16 - Gladiators defenseman Jon Awe sets a new ECHL All Star Skills Competition record for the fastest shot recording a 102.2 MPH slap shot in the CCM Vector Hardest Shot competition at the Quest Arena in Boise, Idaho. Awe broke Jaroslav Obsut's record of 99.3 MPH set during the 1999 ECHL All Star Game in Biloxi, Mississippi. Former Gladiators forward Derek Nesbitt finished second overall posting a 95.4 MPH shot in the competition.
January 19 - Jon Awe collected his ECHL record-setting 17th power play goal of the season in the Gladiators 4-3 win over the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Awe set the new ECHL record just 54 seconds into the second period. Awe ripped a slap shot from the left wing point past Florida netminder Craig Kowalski.
January 20 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed forward Brian Teixeira. He comes to the Gladiators after appearing in with three different Central Hockey League clubs in 2006-2007. Teixeira returns to the Gladiators after finishing the 2005-06 season with Gwinnett after being acquired in a trade from the Charlotte Checkers. He finished the season with 11 points in 42 ECHL games last year.
January 20 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed forward Scott Pearson. The 11 year NHL veteran and Atlanta resident is to be in the line up for the evening’s game against the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Pearson had a career high 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points in 72 games for the Edmonton Oilers during the 1993-94 season. He began his professional career with the Toronto Maple Leafs during 1989-90 season posting 15 points in 41 games.
January 30 – In their first match up since the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals, the Gladiators moved into sole possession of first place in the ECHL’s American Conference but posted a 5-4 overtime loss to the Alaska Aces at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Jon Sitko’s first goal as a Gladiator tied the game at three at the 16:13 mark of the second period.
February 2 - Brad Schell tied the Gladiators all-time team record for most points in a season with his 88th point of the year helping Gwinnett to a 6-2 win over the Alaska Aces in front of 10,853 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Gwinnett blew the contest open in the third period with four goals en route to the 6-2 win.
February 9 - Colton Fretter posted his second hat trick of the season to lead the Gladiators past the Texas Wildcatters 4-2 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. With the win, Gwinnett moved back into first place in the ECHL’s South Division. Fretter collected the hat trick at the 8:05 mark of the third period beating Yeats to the far post for the goal.
February 11 - Colton Fretter posts his 34th goal of the season to set a new Gladiators team record for most goals in a season midway through the second period but it wasn’t enough to help the Gladiators past the Augusta Lynx in a 7-4 loss. The record had previously been shared by Guillaume Desbiens, who had 33 goals last year, and Kevin Doell, who set the original record during the Gladiators inaugural 2003-04 season.
February 19 - The Gladiators announce that their annual specialty-themed jersey auction to benefit the Gladiators Foundation for Kids is part of the Gladiators “Salute to Atlanta Traffic” Weekend the Arena at Gwinnett Center. A tongue-in-cheek celebration of the “Gridlock Capital of the South”, the Gladiators are to wear special jerseys designed to resemble the Department of Transportation vests and adorned with traffic signs. Also, to help fans cope with the daily commute through Atlanta traffic, the Gladiators will be giving away stress relievers in the shape of bright-orange mini traffic cones.
February 25 - Mike Vigilante collects two goals for the Gladiators to lead Gwinnett past the Pensacola Ice Pilots 4-1 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The foward collected his 19th goal of the season at the 17:35 mark of the second period as he ripped a slap shot from the right wing circle that trickled past Mole for the goal. Gwinnett then took a 3-0 lead on the Ice Pilots with Vigilante’s second goal of the game.
February 27 – The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that their 4th Annual Jersey Off Our Backs Charity Auction raised over $28,000. The jerseys were worn at both Saturday night’s game vs. South Carolina as well as on Sunday against Pensacola. Following the game on Sunday, Gladiators fans assembled in the Main Lobby of the Arena waiting to bid on their favorite players jersey.
February 28 – The Gladiators announce that defenseman Jim Jackson has been called up to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Jackson makes his first career trip to the AHL and joins former Gladiators teammate Jeff Campbell in Grand Rapids.
March 6 - Brad Schell posts his 100th point of the season but it wasn’t enough to help the Gladiators past the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. For his 100th point, Schell posted an assist on the Gladiators first goal of the game by Jamie Milam.
March 7 – On Trade Deadline Day, the Gladiators announce that defenseman Brian Lee has been traded to the Columbia Inferno in exchange for forward Chris Thompson as part of a multi-team deal. As part of the multi-team deal, Lee was dealt to the Stockton Thunder. Stockton sent Steve Slonina and Jeff Lang to the Charlotte Checkers for Brain Rodney. Stockton then traded Rodney to Columbia for Lee.
March 7 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators rookie Jamie Milam has been named the ECHL Rookie of the Month for February. Milam posted 3 goals and 10 assists in 12 games for the Gladiators in February. He recorded a +6 plus-minus rating during the month to help the Gladiators go 7-4-3 and remain in the race for the top spot in the ECHL’s South Division.
March 29 - The Gladiators clinch a berth in the 2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 5-3 win over the South Carolina Stingrays at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. With the win, Gwinnett moves into a tie for second place in the South Division with 85 points while improving to 39-21-7 on the year. Gwinnett jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the Stingrays with a pair of goals within two minutes of each other in the first period.
March 31 - The Gladiators announce that they have signed forward Andy Brandt. Brandt comes to the Gladiators after completing his senior season at the University of Wisconsin this year. A four time letter winner at Wisconsin, Brandt helped the Badgers to the 2005-06 NCAA Championship as they defeated Boston University 2-1 in the final. In 128 career collegiate games, Brandt posted 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points.
April 3 - Despite setting a new ECHL record for power play goals in a season, Gwinnett could not stop Charlotte as the Checkers won their sixth straight game defeating the Gladiators 4-1 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The record settting goal came at the 9:38 mark of the first period on Jon Awe’s 25th goal of the season. Awe threw a wrist shot past Charlotte netminder Chris Holt from the point for the power play goal for the Gladiators.
April 4 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Colton Fretter and defenseman Jamie Milam were named to the ECHL All Rookie team. Fretter, who has been on the injured reserve since February 15th, leads all rookies in scoring with 35 goals and 29 assists for 64 points in just 49 games this season with Gwinnett. In addition, he was named to the American Conference squad for the 2007 ECHL All Star Game where he scored the game winning goal for the American Conference in a 6-3 win. Fretter was also named the ECHL rookie of the Month for October as he collected 9 points in 5 games for the Gladiators. Fretter received the most votes overall among rookies. Milam leads ECHL rookie defensemen in scoring with 45 points off of 22 goals and 23 assists in 66 games with the Gladiators and was named the ECHL Rookie of the Month for February.
April 7 - Joel Stepp and Jim Jackson each had a pair of goals for the Gladiators but it wasn’t enough as Gwinnett dropped a 5-4 decision to the Pensacola Ice Pilots on at the Pensacola Civic Center. Gwinnett, with 89 points and a 41-24-7 record, finishes ranked third in the ECHL’s South Division as the Charlotte Checkers lost the Columbia Inferno in regulation by a 3-2 score.
April 7 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Colton Fretter has been named the ECHL Rookie of the Year. Fretter becomes the second Gladiator to be named the ECHL Rookie of the Year joining Kevin Doell, who won the award during the 2003-04 season. The award is presented annually to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the ECHL as voted by the coaches of the ECHL teams.
April 8 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators defenseman Jon Awe has been named the ECHL defenseman of the year. Awe collects his second post-season honor as he was also named to the ECHL First Team. Awe lead Gladiators blueliners in scoring while ranking second overall in the ECHL among defensemen with 56 points off of 24 goals and 32 assists in 60 games this season with Gwinnett.
April 10 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Brad Schell is the ECHL leading scorer for the 2006-07 season. Schell finished with 110 points on the year and is the first player to post over 100 points since Buddy Smith of the Arkansas Riverblades finished the 2002-03 season with 104 points. Schell posted career highs in both goals, with 25, and assists, with 85, on the year. Schell’s 110 points was also a new all time Gladiators team (franchise) record for points in a season.
April 12 - The ECHL announces that Gladiators forward Brad Schell has been named the ECHL MVP for the 2006-07 season. The annual award is presented to the ECHL player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team as voted by the coaches of the ECHL teams. Jeff Campbell of Gwinnett captured the honor in 2005-06 making the Gladiators the only team since Erie in 1988-89 with Daryl Harpe and 1989-90 with Bill McDougall to have back-to-back winners.
April 20 - The Gwinnett Gladiators pushed the Texas Wildcatters to the brink for two consecutive games but couldn’t push their season to another game as they dropped a 2-1 overtime decision in Game 4 of the Division Semi-Finals. Gwinnett loses the best of 5 series 3-games-to-1. Ben Thompson posted the game-winning goal with just 29 seconds left in overtime ripping a shot over the shoulder of Gladiators netminder Dave Caruso as Thompson walked off the right wing boards and ripped a shot over the shoulder of the netmdiner for the goal.
May 22 - The ECHL announces the playing schedule for the 2007-08 regular season today and the Gwinnett Gladiators will play their first home game of their fifth anniversary season on Saturday, October 20th as they host the Pensacola Ice Pilots at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Gladiators family-friendly schedule will again feature 26 weekend games and is highlighted by three first time visitors to the Arena at Gwinnett Center as well as the return of the rival Mississippi Sea Wolves.
June 26 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have agreed to terms with forward Mike Vigilante for the 2007-08 season. Vigilante becomes the first player to join the Gladiators for the upcoming season. Vigilante returns to Gwinnett for his fourth season with the Gladiators and his sixth professional season. He had a career year with the Gladiators last year posting 65 points off of 25 goals and 40 assists while appearing in all 72 regular season games. His 40 assists last season was also a career best for the left winger.
July 2 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that seven players from the 2006-07 season have received qualifying offers for the 2007-08 season. The seven players to receive qualifying offers include Jon Awe, Scott Mifsud, Jeff Campbell, Jim Jackson, Brandon Kaleniecki, Jamie Milam and Matt York.
July 6 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed forward Derek Nesbitt for the 2007-08 season. Nesbitt comes to the Gladiators after helping the Idaho Steelheads capture the 2007 Kelly Cup Championship. Idaho defeated the Dayton Bombers 4 games to 1 to capture their second Kelly Cup Championship in four seasons. The forward returns to the Gladiators where he began his professional career during the 2005-06 season.
July 18 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed defenseman Dinos Stamoulis for the 2007-08 season. Stamoulis completed his senior season at Providence College last year posting 6 points off of 2 goals and 4 assists in 36 games. The defenseman appeared in 142 career collegiate games with the Friars posting a career high 12 points during the 2004-05 season.
July 27 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed defenseman Jon Sitko as well as Jamie Milam for the 2007-08 season. Sitko posted a goal and 4 assists for 5 points in 27 games with Gwinnett after being acquired by the Gladiators from the Toledo Storm on January 16th. Milam returns to the Gladiators where he posted 47 points in 68 games with the Gladiators during his rookie campaign.
July 31 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have signed centermen Stuart MacRae and Ryan Walsh, a pair out of St. Francis Xavier University in Canada, for the upcoming 2007-08 season. MacRae joins the Gladiators for his first full professional season after appearing in 6 Kelly Cup Playoff games last year with the Fresno Falcons. Walsh returns to North America for the 2007-08 season after playing overseas in Germany last year with Kaufbeuren ESV.
August 3 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that defenseman Jim Jackson has been signed for the 2007-08 season. He becomes the fifth defenseman signed this season and the 8th player overall to join the Gladiators. Jackson returns to the Gladiators for his fifth professional season and his fourth with Gwinnett. He had a career season last year with the Gladiators posting a career high 18 goals and 38 points in 71 games.
August 10 - Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today announced the signings of three players to American Hockey League contracts: forwards Mark Pandolfo and Jason Paige; as well as goaltender Dave Caruso. The 6-0, 190-lb. Paige was born January 19, 1984 in Saginaw, MI.Caruso, 25, will be entering his second year as a pro. He spent the majority of the 2006-07 with Gwinnett (ECHL), recording a 23-11-4 mark, with one shutout and a 3.13 goals-against average.
August 16 - The Gwinnett Gladiators officially unveiled their fifth anniversary logo today. The logo, which was designed in-house, features the Gladiator sword and the Roman Numeral V in honor of the team’s fifth year. "We wanted to keep it simple," said Gladiators President and General Manager Steve Chapman. "The end result was a perfect way to maintain the simplicity while honoring what will be our fifth year here in Gwinnett."The Gwinnett Gladiators open their fifth season as a proud member of the ECHL in October of 2007.
August 30 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed goaltender Craig Kowalski for the 2007-08 season. Kowalski joins the Gladiators after spending the past three seasons with the Florida Everblades. The netminder posted career bests in wins, save percentage and goals against last year with Florida. He recorded 29 wins, a .918 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average helping the Everblades finish first in the regular season in the South Division.He notched a 10-6 record for the Everblades during the 2007 Kelly Cup Playoffs as Florida captured the 2007 South Division Championship by defeating the Texas Wildcatters 4-games-to-2.
September 4 - The AHL’s Houston Aeros announced last Wednesday that it has agreed to terms with former Gladiators defenseman Jon Awe for the 2007-08 season. Additionally, the team announced that it had also agreed to terms with defenseman Brandon Rogers. Awe split seven AHL games last season between Chicago and Wilkes-Barre Scranton tallying four points (1-3=4) in five games with Chicago. The 6-foot-4, 220-pound native of Memphis, Tenn., spent a majority of the 2006-07 season playing for the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators scoring 56 points (24-32=56) and 65 penalty minutes (PIM) in 60 games. At the ECHL All-Star Game he launched 102.2 mph shot in the Hardest Shot competition, obliterating the old mark by 2.9 mph. Awe played four years at Northeastern University from 2001-05 tallying 32 points (6-26=32) and 90 PIM in 111 games for the Huskies. He led team defensemen in the 2003-04 season with 13 points.
September 6 - B2 Networks in conjunction with the ECHL today announced the 2007-08 Power Play Season Pass, a new package that will provide fans with complete coverage of their favorite team on a worldwide basis. B2 Networks Power Play allows subscribers to watch their team, home and away, LIVE for every regular season contest at a savings of more than 60 percent off the individual game purchase price. The new technology allows fans the ability to catch any action they missed from the night before on their phones or computers anywhere around the globe.ECHL fans may purchase a B2 Power Play Season Pass for any individual league team, including all 72 regular season contests, for only $140.
September 10 - The ECHL proudly announces that, as part of the 20th Anniversary celebration in 2007-08, it will introduce the ECHL Hall of Fame. The first induction class will be announced in October and will be honored during the festivities at the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game hosted by the Stockton Thunder and the City of Stockton at Stockton Arena on Jan. 23, 2008. ECHL fans will be able to visit the Hall of Fame around the clock as it will be housed online, opening as part of the ECHL Network in conjunction with the ceremonies in January. The inductees will also be recognized at both the ECHL office in Princeton, N.J. and in the ECHL section at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. The logo is a maroon shield outlined in white and grey that has “Hall of Fame” and the ECHL logo in white. Joe Bosack, president and founder of The Joe Bosack Graphic Design Company, designed the logo. Bosack also designed the ECHL logo, the Kelly Cup Playoffs logo, the 15th Anniversary logo, the 20th Anniversary logo as well as the logos for the ECHL All-Star Games each of the past five years.
September 12 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed forwards Dirk Southern and Lou Dickenson for the 2007-08 season. Southern joins the Gladiators for his second professional season after playing for the Augusta Lynx last year during his rookie campaign. The 6-foot, 185-pound forward was drafted in the 7th round of the 2003 NHL entry draft with the 218th overall pick by the Anaheim Mighty Ducks after completing his collegiate career at Northern Michigan University. Dickenson returns to North American to join the Gladiators after playing overseas during the past two seasons. The Orleans, Ontario native began his professional career during the 2004-05 season splitting time between the Texas Wildcatters, the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League and the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. Dickenson was drafted in the 4th round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft with the 113th overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers.
September 20 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed defensemen Jeff Mason and Ryan Mahrle for the 2007-08 season.Mahrle comes to the Gladiators after completing his collegiate career at Western Michigan University last year. He ranked first among defensemen in scoring in each of the past three seasons at Western Michigan. Following his final collegiate season, he joined Kalamazoo of the United Hockey League for 13 games where he collected 9 assists for the Wings. Mason joins the Gladiators from the Long Beach Ice Dogs where he notched 42 points off of 11 goals and 31 assists in 72 games last season. He began his professional career with the Augusta Lynx during the 2005-06 season. Prior to turning professional, the Easthampton, MA native played four collegiate seasons at Providence College.
September 27 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed forwards Andy Brandt and Bryson Busniuk for the 2007-08 season. Brandt returns to the Gladiators after completing last season with Gwinnett. The Wausau, Wisconsin native appeared in 4 games with the Gladiators and one playoff game with Gwinnett last season following his senior season at the University of Wisconsin. Busniuk joins the Gladiators this year after splitting time last season between the Columbia Inferno and the South Carolina Stingrays. He had a career year last season in the ECHL finishing with 35 points off of 11 goals and 24 assists.The Thunder Bay, Ontario native began his professional career with the Muskegon Fury of the United Hockey League after completing is final collegiate season at the University of Vermont in 2002-03.
October 2 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced their training camp schedule for the 2007-08 season today. Training camp for the 2007-08 season begins on Thursday, October 4th with the team’s first on-ice session scheduled for Friday, October 5th. The Gladiators will split their training camp between the Duluth Ice Forum and the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The first on-ice session scheduled for Friday, October 5th at the Ice Forum will be from 12:10 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Training Camp will conclude on Thursday, October 18th as the Gladiators prepare for their season opener on Friday, October 19th at Pensacola.
October 4 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced their training camp roster for the 2007-08 season today. The team’s first on-ice session for training camp is scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, October 5th at 12:10 p.m. at the Ice Forum in Duluth. The Gladiators training camp roster is highlighted by the return of the 2005-06 ECHL MVP Jeff Campbell. He began last season with the Gladiators appearing in 11 games before being called up to the Grand Rapids Griffins where he posted 31 points in 61 games in the American Hockey League.Campbell led the Gladiators to the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals as he lead the team in scoring during the regular season with 83 points.
October 19 - Jeff Campbell posted 4 assists while Mike Vigilante and Mike Hamilton each finished with 2 goals to help the Gladiators past the Pensacola Ice Pilots by a 5-3 score on Friday night at the Pensacola Civic Center in the season opener. Mike Vigilante broke a scoreless tie in the second period and then pushed the Gladiators back in the lead later in the stanza. Hamilton posted his second goal of the game midway through the third period to give Gwinnett a 4-1 lead. Kowalski posted the win for Gwinnett finishing with 26 saves in the win for the Gladiators while Gwinnett went 3 for 12 on the power play in the win.
October 20 - Mike Vigilante posted two goals including the game winner to help the Gladiators past the Pensacola Ice Pilots 5-2 on Saturday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in the Gladiators regular season home opener. Jeff Campbell also added a pair of assists in the contest.
October 26 - The Gladiators announced today that Chad Denny has been assigned to the team from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League by the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL. Selected by the Thrashers in the second round, 49th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Denny collected 147 points on 47 goals and 100 assists in 215 career games for the Lewiston MAINEiacs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He finished 3rd in points for Lewiston with 65 (17g, 48a) in 2006-07 while posting a combined +33.
October 27 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that forward Mike Vigilante has been called up to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League. Vigilante currently ranks second in scoring on the Gladiators with 5 points in two games this season for Gwinnett and a +1, plus/minus rating. His four goals rank first on the team while he has collected three of his four markers on the power play.The Dearborn, Michigan native returns to the AHL where he spent a majority of the 2003-04 season with the Portland Pirates after beginning that year with Gwinnett.
November 19 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that defenseman Jon Awe was called up to the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League on Saturday. In a separate transaction, Gladiators have signed forward Bryan Dobek. The 5-foot 10-inch Dobek played 35 games in Gwinnett last season posting six points on 3 goals and 3 assists. Awe notched 7 points on the season with 2 goals and 5 assists in 11 games with the Gladiators to rank second on the team in scoring by a defenseman.
December 12 - The ECHL announced today that Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Craig Kowalski has been named the Rbk Hockey ECHL goaltender of the week for December 3rd through December 9th. Kowalski led the Gladiators to a perfect 2-0 record on the week notching a 3-1 win over the Florida Everblades on Thursday night and again besting the Everblades on Friday night by a 4-2 score.In the two games against his former team, Kowalski posted a 1.50 goals against average and a save percentage of .956. The Clinton Township, MI native has won his last three starts to compile a record of 10-3-1 on the season. This marks the second time in Kowalski’s career that he has been named the ECHL’s Goaltender of the week.
December 15 – The Gladiators extended their season-long winning streak to seven with a 5-4 win over Augusta. Jeff Campbell extended his point streak to nine games.
December 18 - The ECHL announced today that Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Dan Turple has been named the Rbk Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the week of December 10th through 16th. Turple was 3-0-0 in three starts for Gwinnett last week and posted a goals against average of 2.27 and a save percentage of 0.939. The 6-foot-6-inch Turple made 45 saves in a 3-2 shootout victory over the Augusta Lynx on Tuesday December 11th then stopped 27 of 28 shots en route to besting the Charlotte Checkers 5-1 on Thursday night. Turple topped off his week by making 38 saves and outlasting the Augusta Lynx for a 5-4 win in Augusta on Saturday.
December 20 - The selections and starting lineups for the 2008 ECHL All-Star game were announced today and for the second straight year, two Gladiators are in the starting lineup. Goalie Craig Kowalski and defenseman Jamie Milam were both selected to their first All-Star game. Kowalski is off to the best season start of his career. The 5-foot-8 and 185-pound netminder had a record of 11-3-1 on the season with a 2.25 goals against average and a .926 save percentage before being called up to the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch. Milam’s selection marks the third straight season that a Gladiator blueliner has been in the All-Star starting lineup.
December 26 - In honor of our 5th season in Gwinnett, the Gladiators have decided to commemorate the anniversary by wearing specially designed jerseys at five select home games during the 2007-2008 season. The 5th Anniversary jerseys, seen above, will make their debut on December 27, when the Gladiators host the Columbia Inferno at 7:05 pm.
December 27 - Jeff Campbell notched two assists to overtake Brad Schell as the Gladiators record holder for longest assist-streak at twelve consecutive games in the win for Gwinnett, as the Gwinnett defeated the Columbia Inferno 3-1 Thursday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center to snap the Gladiators two game losing skid. Tomas Pospisil’s third goal of the season as a Gladiator just 15 seconds into the second period proved to be the game winner.
January 4 - Former Gwinnett Gladiator Kevin Doell became the fifth player to advance to the National Hockey League after playing for the Gladiators after appearing in the Atlanta Thrashers 4-3 loss against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight at Phillips Arena. In his first NHL game, Doell was held scoreless with the Thrashers. He appeared in 9:23 of ice time during the game and picked up a hooking penalty during the third period.
January 19 – A rare Georgia snow storm threatens to postpone or cancel the evening’s game against Mississippi with plan to welcome the Gladiators’ 1,000,000 fan, but the game was played as scheduled.
January 19 - Stuart MacRae scored two goals and Bryson Busniuk tallied two assists, but it was all for naught as the Gwinnett Gladiators lost to the Mississippi Sea Wolves by a 5-4 score at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Saturday night in front of their 1,000,000th fan.
January 27 – Gladiators give up season low 12 shots against Pensacola for their third win in a row, beating the ice Pilots 3-1. Lou Dickenson tallied his 18th goal of the season and added an assist in the Gladiators’ third victory in as many nights. Gwinnett gave up only three shots in each of the second and third periods, also season lows for shots in a period.
February 23 - Jeff Campbell posted a hat trick for the Gladiators while Lou Dickenson notched a pair of goals to help Gwinnett past the Mississippi Sea Wovles 6-2 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Saturday night.
February 29 - Craig Kowalski notched the first shotout of the season for the Gladaitors while Lou Dickenson extended his point scroing streak to 17 consecutive games in a 2-0 win over the Columbia Inferno on Friday night at the Carolina Coliseum. With the win, the Gladiators improve to 34-15-5 on the season.
March 8 - Chad Painchaud notched his first career hat trick, five other Gladiators added goals AND Craig Kowalski made 32 saves as the Gwinnett Gladiators beat the Augusta Lynx 8-3 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday night. With the win Gwinnett improves to 36-18-2-3 on the season. Painchaud’s hat trick was the first for a Gladiator in the Arena at Gwinnett center since Colton Fretter accomplished the feat on February 9, 2007.
April 4 - The ECHL announced the All-ECHL 1st and 2nd teams today and three Gladiators were among the players honored. Jeff Campbell was named to the All-ECHL 1st team while Jamie Milam and Craig Kowalski were both named to the All-ECHL 2nd team.
April 5 - The ECHL announced today that Gwinnett Gladiators forward Jeff Campbell has been named the 2007-08 ECHL Sportsman of the Year. The award is presented annually to the player who is judged to have exhibited the best sportsmanship combined with a high standard of playing ability. ECHL coaches vote on the player who most deserves the award.
April 23 - The Gwinnett Gladiators season comes to a close with a 2-0 loss to the South Carolina Stingrays in Game 5 of the Division Semifinals at the North Charleston Coliseum on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Gladiators are bounced out of the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Gwinnett was blanked for the first time in the postseason this year in the loss.
April 24 - The Gwinnett Gladiators raised their average attendance for the third consecutive season and finished in the top five in average attendance in the ECHL for the third time in the first five seasons in Gwinnett. In addition, the ECHL celebrated its 20th season by being the only minor professional hockey league to raise its attendance in 2007-08.The Gladiators had four crowds of more than 10,000 and raised their average for the third year in a row to 5,656 per game.
June 10 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that the Arena at Gwinnett Center located off of Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, Georgia, the Gladiators home arena and part of the Gwinnett Center Complex, was selected as the top Minor League Arena and ranked 3rd overall among Minor League Venues in an on-line poll conducted by MLN Sports for the current issue of its digital magazine, SZ.
June 13 - The Gwinnett Gladiators received top honors from the ECHL this week at the 2008 ECHL Marketing and Communications Meetings held in Las Vegas. After undergoing a revamp last summer, the Gladiators website was named the ECHL Website of the Year for 2007-2008 and took home the all-inclusive honor of the 2007-2008 Team Award of Excellence. The awards ceremony was held on Tuesday morning at the start of the day’s session.
July 17 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed defenseman Ryan Mahrle for the 2008-09 season and in a separate transactions have dealt defenseman Joe Grimaldi to the 2008 Kelly Cup Champion Cincinnati Cyclones for undisclosed consideration. Mahrle returns to the Gladiators after appearing in all 72 games last year with Gwinnett during his first full professional season.
July 25 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed forward Dan Sullivan for the 2008-09 season. Sullivan is a six-year pro out of Weston, Ontario. The right winger began his professional career with the Roanoke Express before being acquired midseason by the Baton Rouge Kingfish. He played under former Gladiators Captain and then Kingfish head coach Cam Brown while with Baton Rouge.
August 8 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed defenseman Scott Marchesi for the 2008-09 season. Marchesi returns to Gwinnett for his first full professional season. The South Portland, Maine native returns to the Gladiators after appearing in 9 games for Gwinnett last season after completing his final collegiate season at Sacred Heart University. Marchesi also appeared in all 8 of the Gladiators 2008 Kelly Cup Playoff games where he collected a goal and an assist for 2 points and 6 penalty minutes.
September 8 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed forward Pat Bateman for the 2008-2009 season. Bateman joins Gwinnett for his second professional season this year after appearing in 40 games last season in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder. He finished last season with 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points and 21 penalty minutes while with Stockton.
September 12 - Utah Grizzlies Head Coach Kevin Colley announced on Wednesday that defenseman and former Gladiator Jeff Dwyer has announced his retirement and been named the team’s Assistant Coach. Appearing in 56 games for Utah last year, Dwyer served as the Grizzlies assistant captain. He also appeared in all 15 playoff games as the team advanced to the conference finals.
October 8 -
The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that goaltender Craig Kowalski has been re-assigned to Gwinnett for the 2008-09 season. In addition, the Gladiators have added Jake Anderson to their training camp roster and have released forward Carl Bresser. Kowalski comes back to Gwinnett after being returned to the Gladiators from the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Kowalski attended training camp with Norfolk. The Clinton Township, Michigan, native returns to the Gladiators for the 2008-09 season where he shared first in the ECHL in wins during the 2007-08 season with 29 while posting a 2.33 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. He also appeared in four AHL games with Syracuse posting a shutout while recording a 2-1-0 record. Kowalski represented the Gladiators in the 2008 ECHL All-Star game in Stockton, California. He made 13 saves as he was selected as a starter for the American Conference in the contest.
October 13 -
The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have traded goaltender Craig Kowalski to the Phoenix Roadrunners in exchange for forward Bryan Esner. Esner joins the Gladiators from Phoenix after splitting time between the Pensacola Ice Pilots and the South Carolina Stingrays last season. He combined for 24 goals and 30 assists for 54 points in 71 games last year in the ECHL.
October 18 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed forward Brad Schell for the 2008-09 season. In addition, the Gladiators have released Jacob Anderson and Mike Coomer from the team. Schell returns to the Gladiators after appearing in 29 games last season for Gwinnett. After joining the team in February, he notched 8 goals and 30 assists for 38 points for the Gladiators. Schell lead the team and the ECHL in scoring during the 2006-07 season with 110 points off of 25 goals and 85 assists. His efforts earned him ECHL MVP during that season.
October 18 -
The Gwinnett Gladiators used a pair of goals from Bruce Graham and four power play goals to roll past the Mississippi Sea Wolves 6-2 in the Gladiators season opener at The Arena at Gwinnett Center on Saturday night. Kevin Nastiuk finished with 25 saves for the Gladiators in his first start for Gwinnett.
October 31 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have acquired defenseman Jim Jorgensen in a trade with the Las Vegas Wranglers for future considerations. Jorgensen appeared in 4 games this season with the Wranglers where the blueliner notched an assist and 2 penalty minutes with Las Vegas. The Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan native joined the Wranglers for 8 games at the end of last season after completing his senior year at Ferris State University. He recorded a goal and 2 assists for 3 points with Las Vegas last year.
November 4 - Former Gwinnett Gladiators right wing Pat Dwyer became the 367th player to play in the National Hockey League after playing in the ECHL when he made his NHL debut on Sunday with the Carolina Hurricanes in a 6-4 win against Toronto.
November 13 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have acquired goaltender Josh Johnson from the South Carolina Stingrays in exchange for future considerations. Johnson comes to the Gladiators after appearing in four games this season with a 2-2-0 record and a 3.20 goals against average and a .894 save percentage with South Carolina.
November 20 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that netminder Kevin Nastiuk has been recalled to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. Nastiuk makes his first trip of the season to the American Hockey League after attending training camp with Providence. In 8 games this season with the Gladiators, Nastiuk has posted a 4-2-2 record while recording a 3.04 goals against average and a .886 save percentage.
November 21 - The Gwinnett Gladiators used two power play goals and a goal and an assist from Bruce Graham to get by the Dayton Bombers by a 4-2 score on Friday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. With the win, the Gladiators improve to 5-4-3 on the season as they won consecutive games for the first time this season.
November 27 - Dirk Southern and Dan Sullivan both tallied their first goals of the season to help lift the Gwinnett Gladiators to a 6 -2 win over the Augusta Lynx on Thursday’s sixth annual Thanksgiving Day game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. The Gladiators improve their Turkey Day record to 3-2-1
December 6 - The Gwinnett Gladiators moved into a tie for third place in the ECHL’s South Division as they knocked off the Mississippi Sea Wolves 9-2 on Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Gwinnett improves to 9-6-4 on the season with the victory. The nine goals scored by Gwinnett set a new all time team record for most goals in a game in Gladiators history eclipsing the old mark of 8 set during each of the last five seasons.
December 9 - The ECHL announced today that Gwinnett Gladiators forward Brad Schell was named the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for December 1-7. Schell scored 4 goals and 3 assists in four games, as the Gladiators picked up 7 out of 8 points during the week with a 3-0-1 record. The forward becomes the first ever repeat winner in Gladiators history, as seven other players have won it once. He scored two power play goals in a 9-2 victory at the Mississippi Sea Wolves on Dec. 6th, helping the team set a new team record for goals scored. Schell tallied 1 goal and 2 assists in a 4-3 shootout loss the previous night, also against Mississippi. Schell also had a goal and an assist for the Gladiators in a 3-2 win over South Carolina on Tuesday night. The announcement marks the second time Schell has been named Player of the Week in his career, the first coming the week of January 23-29, 2006. He also won Player of the Month for January, 2007. Schell was also named the ECHL MVP for the 2006-07 season as he finished with 110 points while with Gwinnett.
December 19 - The Atlanta Thrashers announced on Thursday that they have recalled former Gwinnett Gladiator Scott Lehman from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Lehman appeared in the Thrashers 6-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thurdsday night. He did not register a point in 3:03 of ice time in the contest.
Lehman appeared in all 72 games with the Gladiators during the 2006-07 season where he notched 2 goals and 12 assists for 14 points. He also appeared in all four Kelly Cup Playoff games with the Gladiators during the 2007 playoffs.
December 29 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced Saturday that they have signed an affiliation agreement with the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL to serve as the ECHL affiliate of the Blackhawks. Chicago’s previous ECHL agreement with the Fresno Falcons ended when Fresno ceased operations on Dec. 22. The Gladiators will continue to serve as the ECHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers.
December 31 - The ECHL announced the roster for the American Conference squad for the 2009 ECHL All Star Game in Reading, Pennsylvania today and forward Jordan Fox was named to represent the Gladiators in the game. Fox leads the Gladiators in scoring with 31 points in 30 games this season off of 13 goals and 18 assists for Gwinnett.
January 17 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that forward Adam Hobson has been reassigned to the Rockford Ice Hogs of the American Hockey League by the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. Hobson has appeared in six gameS this season since being reassigned to the Gladiators from the Fresno Falcons on December 28th. He has posted 2 goals and 3 assists for Gwinnett for 5 points and is a +5. He tied a career high with 4 points for the Gladiators in a 5-4 shootout win over South Carolina on January 8th.
January 21 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have acquired defenseman Mike Looby from the Dayton Bombers in exchange for future considerations. Looby has appeared in 40 games this season with Dayton posting 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points. He has also collected 39 penalty minutes and is even with the Bombers this season.
January 21 - Former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Chris Durno played his first National Hockey League game on Sunday with the Colorado Avalanche to increase the number of ECHL players who have gone on to play in the NHL to 390. Durno played for the Gladiators in his first two seasons and had 102 points (40g-62a) in 134 regular season games and 19 points (12g-7a) in 21 games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. He returned to Gwinnett in 2005-06 and had 22 points (12g-10a) in 13 games before being called up to the AHL where he had 40 points (20g-20a) in 57 regular season games and four points (2g-2a) in 21 playoff games for Milwaukee.
January 23 - Earlier in late 2008 and just recently, the Gladiators topped the Best Of lists in two different Metro Atlanta area Magazines. Towards the end of last year, readers of Atlanta Magazine voted the Gladiators as the best "Cheap Seats" in town under their Family Category. While some companies might baulk at the idea of being cheap, the Gladiators organization takes pride in being affordable family entertainment and we’re glad that our fans recognize our efforts. Then, earlier this month, the Gladiators were once again winners as Gwinnett Magazine released it’s Best Of list for 2008. Sharing the spotlight with the likes of the Georgia Aquarium and Stone Mountain, the readers picked a Gladiators hockey game as a Best Family Activity.
January 23 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that goaltender Josh Johnson has been called up to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League. Johnson has appeared in 13 games this season with the Gladiators posting a 7-5-1 record. He has recorded a 3.20 goals against average and a .894 save percentage while with Gwinnett.
February 9 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that defenseman Josh Engel was called up to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Engel makes his second trip of the 2008-09 season to the AHL after appearing in 4 games with Providence from December 5th through December 19th.
February 10 - The Mississippi Sea Wolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Gladiators in the first period and cruised to a 9-3 win over Gwinnett on Tuesday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Gwinnett falls to 20-21-5 on the season with the loss. The 9 goals allowed by the Gladiators in the loss set a new team record for most goals given up in a game.
February 13 - The Gwinnett Gladiators will be wearing commemorative American Cancer Society/Gwinnett Relay for Life jerseys for their home games this Saturday vs. the South Carolina Stingrays and Sunday vs. the Charlotte Checkers.
February 14 - The South Carolina Stingrays were powered by a 5 goal third period outburst in a 9-3 win Saturday night over the Gwinnett Gladiators in front of 8,223 fans at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Four days after losing 9-3 to the Mississippi Sea Wolves to set a team record for most goals allowed in a game, the team repeated the effort against the Stingrays on Saturday.
February 18 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that goaltender Dan Turple has been reassigned to the Gladiators by the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League. Turple joins the Gladiators after spending parts of the previous two seasons with Gwinnett. He appeared in 34 games with the team in his rookie campaign during the 2006-07 season, notching a 3.77 goals against average and a .879 save percentage while recording a 18-13-3 record.
February 27 - Two shorthanded goals by Andy Brandt and another by Dirk Southern powered the Gwinnett Gladiators to a come-from-behind 6-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers Friday night in front of 5,023 fans at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. With the win, Gwinnett improves to 24-23-1-5, marking the first time the team has had a winning percentage above .500 since December 16th.
March 3 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that Myles Stoesz has been recalled to the Atlanta Thrashers of the Natonal Hockey League. The Thrashers subsequently traded Stoesz to the New Jersey Devils along with Niclas Havelid for Anssi Salmela.
March 3 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that Tomas Pospisil and Chad Denny have been assigned to Gwinnett by the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
March 12 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that goaltender Joe Fallon has been assigned to the Gladiators the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL by the Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL. In addition, forward Matt Siddall has been reassigned to the Gladiators by the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.
March 15 – A hat trick and an assist from Matt Siddall helped the Gwinnett Gladiators to knock off the division leading Florida Everblades on Sunday afternoon in front of 5,237 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
March 27 - The Atlanta Thrashers announced today that they have recalled former Gwinnett Gladiators goaltender Dan Turple from the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Turple was reassigned to AHL Chicago from Gwinnett on March 23rd.
April 4 - The Gwinnett Gladiators clinched a berth in the 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday, April 4th at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Joe Fallon notched the first shutout of the season in the win for Gwinnett making 32 saves. Gwinnett opens the 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs at Florida on Friday, April 10th.
April 16 - Tom Zanoski scored the game winning goal 12:59 into overtime as the Gwinnett Gladiators beat the Florida Everblades by a score of 3-2 Thursday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Andy Brandt and Dirk Southern also scored for the Gladiators, who wins its first game of the best-of-seven series.
April 17 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed defenseman Drew Paris to an amateur tryout agreement. In addition, Gladiators defenseman and team Captain Jeff Mason will not be in the line up for tonight’s Game 4 against Florida. Paris joins Gwinnett after skating in 4 games with the Florida Everblades during the regular season.
April 19 - A second period goal from J.C. Sawyer gave the Gwinnett Gladiators the first lead of the game but they couldn’t hold on in a 2-1 loss to the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Sunday, April 19th. The Everblades take the South Division Semi-Final best-of-seven series 4-games-to-1 with the win. Gwinnett’s season ends with the loss to the Everblades.
May 6 - This coming Friday and Saturday, the Gladiators will head out to the Gwinnnett County Fairgrounds for the 2009 Gwinnett Relay for Life. Joining forces with Proof of the Pudding and the Gwinnett Center for the third year, the Glads will be on hand throughout the festivites to lend their support to the cause. The team will also be raffling off a large selection of gift baskets (including a Gladiators one!) during the relay. Raffle tickets can be purchased the team tent, along with other prizes and a pitching booth!
May 19 - Former Gwinnett Gladiator Guillaume Desbien has helped the Manitoba Moose to a 3-0 series lead over the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference Final. Desbiens had his second assist of the series in Monday’s 4-3 Game 3 win for Manitoba helping the Moose get on the board first in the opening period. Desbiens also had an assist on the game winner in Game 1 of the series.
June 15 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that forward Andy Brandt has been traded to the South Carolina Stingrays. Brandt was dealt to the Stingrays to complete the November 13th trade that brought goaltender Josh Johnson to the Gladiators. Brandt was subsequently traded by South Carolina to the Victoria Salmon Kings to complete a future consideration trade that sent netminder Jonathan Boutin to the Stingrays.
June 16 - Whataburger Field in Corpus Christi, Texas, was selected by the fans as the number one minor league professional sports venue in North America in the MLN Vote4TheBest 2009 awards. This was the second year that the club’s loyal fans vaulted the team to the top of the awards competition. The 20 page feature, which began publishing last night and will continue rolling out through Wednesday reveals not only the top venues to catch a game, but the best food, entertainment, and fun. The Stockton Arena, home to the ECHL (Hockey) Stockton Thunder and the arenafootball2 Stockton Lightning was the no. 2 venue in the survey, but arenas dominated the top ten, an impressive feat as many of them cater to hockey teams currently not in-season. Rounding out the top ten wereRabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA, the Gwinnett Arena in Gwinnett, Georgia, the Germain Arena in Estero, FLA., AutoZone Park in Memphis, TNDell Diamond, Round Rock, TX., Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, PA, and Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, AK.
June 17 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have agreed to terms with goaltender Josh Johnson for the 2009-10 season. Johnson becomes the first player signed by Gwinnett for the Gladiators 7th season. Johnson returns to the Gladiators after finishing his second professional season in Gwinnett. The netminder began the season with the South Carolina Stingrays but was acquired by the Gladiators for future considerations on November 13th. South Carolina subsequently took Andy Brandt to complete the trade.
June 19 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Tom Zanoski for the 2009-10 season. Zanoski returns to the Gladiators after leading Gwinnett in scoring during the 2009 Kelly Cup Playoffs posting 8 points off of 3 goals and 5 assists. Zanoski had the overtime game winning goal in the Gladiators only playoff season win over Florida in Game 3 of the Division Semi-Finals.
June 23 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today the team’s schedule for the 2009-2010 season. The Gladiators 72 game regular season schedule opens at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia on Saturday, October 17, 2009 against the Wheeling Nailers and concludes on Saturday, April 3, 2010 against the division rival South Carolina Stingrays. The Gladiators 72 game schedule will again include 36 home games and 36 road games.
June 26 - Gladiators staffer Tara Sipma was named the ECHL Ticket Account Executive of the Year award winner for the 2008-09 season. Sipma was presented the award earlier this week at the ECHL League Marketing and Communications Meetings held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sipma just finished her third season with the Gladiators this past year. The award is determined by a vote of the ECHL Board of Governors. Her sales led the league with over 1000 group tickets and 5000 in ticket package sales as well as her commitment to the kids club which she runs for the team.
August 4 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have agreed to terms with forward Dan Sullivan for the 2009-10 season. Sullivan returns to the Gladiators after appearing in a career high 70 games last year with Gwinnett. He finished with 6 goals and 16 assists for 22 points last year while posting 164 penalty minutes. Sullivan also skated in 4 Kelly Cup Playoff games with the Gladiators notching a goal for Gwinnett.
August 5 - The Gladiators begin their seventh season in Gwinnett in October. And for the seventh consecutive season, the Gladiators National Hockey League affiliate will remain the Atlanta Thrashers while the Chicago Wolves will continue to be the Gladiators American Hockey League affiliate. The Gladiators will no longer serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks and the Rockford Ice Hogs.
August 11 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Michael Couch for the 2009-2010 season. Couch joins the Gladiators after skating for the Mississippi Sea Wolves during the last two seasons. Couch collected six goals in 15 games last year with Mississippi. He appeared in 66 games with the Sea Wolves during the 2007-08 season posting 3 goals and 12 assists for 15 points.
August 25 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have signed an affiliation agreement with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
September 8 - Based on highly-touted personnel assignments expected by the tandem of NHL affiliations with the Atlanta Thrashers and Columbus Blue Jackets, the Gladiators announced today that they have made significant roster moves involving two high profile forwards. Scott Mifsud rejoins the Gladiators after spending two seasons playing overseas. Meanwhile, the Gladiators traded All-Star forward Jordan Fox to the Wheeling Nailers for considerations.
September 15 - The Gladiators announced today that they have traded the rights to defenseman Jeff Mason to the Kalamazoo Wings for financial considerations and have released the rights to defenseman Phil Youngclaus. Both players received qualifying offers from the Gladiators on July 1st which allowed Gwinnett to retain their rights.
September 16 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today they have agreed to terms with returning defenseman Brandon Gentile in addition to forwards Matt Caruana and Matt Francis. Gentile returns to the Gladiators after appearing in 13 regular season games last season in Gwinnett.
September 16 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today several promotions and additions to the front office staff. Formerly the Director of Operations, Joe Gelderman has been promoted to Vice President of Sales, while Dustin Bixby has been promoted from Director of Broadcast and Media Relations to Vice President of New Media Sales and Communications. The Gladiators welcome new hires Bob Mills as Associate Broadcaster and Jacob Russell as Account Executive.
October 2 - Forward Brad Schell, who has skated with the Gladiators in each of the past five seasons has signed on for a sixth season with the team. He returns to Gwinnett after collecting nine goals and 18 assists for 27 points in 27 games with the Gladiators last season. He also appeared in one game with San Antonio of the AHL. Schell was a sixth-round draft pick by the Gladiator’s NHL affiliate Atlanta Thrashers in 2002.
October 12 - Former Gwinnett Gladiators and 2006 ECHL All-Star right wing Guillaume Desbiens became the 409th player to play in the National Hockey League after the ECHL when he made his debut with the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-3 shootout win against Dallas on Sunday.
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October 17 - The Gwinnett Gladiators opened the 2009-10 season at home with a convincing 4-1 win over the visiting Wheeling Nailers. Tom Zanoski had two goals and two assists and Adam Berti and Brad Schell each chipped in two assists as Gwinnet took their season opener in front of a Saturday night crowd of 6,551.
October 20 - Gwinnett’s own Tom Zanoski was named a runner up for the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of The Week for October 15-18. He lit the lamp twice and also chipped in with two helpers for a total of four points in the Gladiators’ season opener on Saturday, October 17, against the Wheeling Nailers.
October 24 - Danny Taylor has returned to the Gwinnett Gladiators after serving time with the Sayracuse Crunch, an AHL affiliate of the Glads. Taylor has been up with Syracuse since October 14th, and tonight against the South Carolina Stingrays will be his first game in uniform with the Gladiators. While on recall with Syracuse, Taylor did not appear in a game with the Crunch. Tim Miller was recalled by the Syracuse Crunch today as well. Miller has appeared in all 4 games with the Gladiators recording 3 points and 19 PIMs.
November 1 – The Gladiators set a new team record of five consecutive overtime games with an overtime victory over the Charlotte Checkers in Charlotte.
November 14 - The Gwinnett Gladiators saw numerous season and all-time records fall in an 11-3 beat down at the hands of the Elmira Jackals on Saturday night, including largest ever margin of defeat, most goals allowed in a period all season, and most penalty minutes in a game all season, just to name a few.
November 20 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have agreed to terms with goaltender David Brown. Brown was selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round with the 228th overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
November 24 - Gwinnett’s own Danny Taylor is named a runner up for the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of The Week for November 16-22. He went 2-0-0 during the week in two games against the reigning and three-time Kelly Cup Champion and South Division-leading South Carolina Stingrays in their own barn, as the Gladiators posted back-to-back 5-2 victories. On Friday night, Taylor turned away 40 Stingrays shots, allowing just two goals, and on Saturday night, he made 33 saves for his second win in as many nights, again allowing just two goals. He finished the weekend with a 2.00 goals against average and a .948 save percentage.
December 4 - The Gwinnett Gladiators and the ECHL announce that former Gladiators captain and Left Winger Cam Brown has been named an inductee into the ECHL Hall of Fame for the class of 2010. Brown becomes the first Hall of Fame inductee from the Gladiators organization, and has been nominated and selected by the ECHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee in his first year of eligibility for the honor. Brown played three seasons with Gwinnett from 2003-2006, serving as captain for all three years before retiring following the 2005-06 season.
December 8 - Gwinnett’s own David Brown is named a runner up for the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of The Week for November 30-December 6. He went 1-0-0 in his only appearance of the week, helping the Gladiators beat the Charlotte Checkers at home 4-2 on Sunday afternoon. Brown finished with a 2.00 goals against average and a .952 save percentage for his second win of the season.
December 11 – Danny Taylor stops all 40 shots on the road against the Wheeling Nailers to earn the Gladiators’ only shutout victory of the season. Drew Paris found Michael Forney coming out of the box while on the power play in the third period and Forney scored his first pro goal to give the Gladiators the only lead they would need in an eventual 3-0 victory.
December 19 - Gladiators Zamboni Driver John Martin, the treasured and highly respected ice manager of The Arena at Gwinnett Center, passes away of a heart attack. He was 66.
December 31 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that rookie defensemen Drew Paris and Sam Roberts are named 2009-10 ECHL All-Stars and will represent the Gladiators at the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game presented by Reebok Hockey and brought to you by Toyota and the City of Ontario and hosted by the Ontario Reign at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California on January 20th.
January 21 - Gwinnett’s own Sam Roberts and Drew Paris each pick up goals, and Roberts adds an assist, as the American Conference edge out the National Conference 10-9 in a shootout in the 2010 ECHL All-Star Game. It is the first time in ECHL history that a shootout became the deciding factor at an All-Star game.
January 26 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that they have agreed to terms with defenseman Phil Youngclaus. Youngclaus returns after skating in 11 regular season and all five post season games with the Gladiators the previous season, tallying one assist in the playoffs.
February 1 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that defenseman Scott Marchesi has been dealt to the Cincinnati Cyclones to complete a future considerations deal that brought forward Mike McLean to the Gladiators a week prior.
February 2 - The Gwinnett Gladiators announce that forward Matt Siddall has been reassigned to the Victoria Salmon Kings by the team’s NHL affiliate Atlanta Thrashers. In return, the Gladiators would receive future considerations from Victoria.
February 13 – Former Atlanta Knights National Anthem singer, Rick Morgan, returns to the Atlanta minor league hockey scene to sing the Nation’s anthem as part of the Gladiators’ tribute to the Atlanta Knights, a former International Hockey League organization, during the Gladiators’ annual Pink in the Rink weekend.
March 3 - Gwinnett’s own Tim Miller is named a runner up for the Reebok Hockey ECHL Rookie of The Month for February. He lit the lamp seven times and also chipped in with six helpers for a total of 13 points in 12 games to lead all Gwinnett skaters during the month of February, as the Gladiators went 6-5-1-0 during the month.
March 20 – The Gladiators sign Major League Baseball legend and former Atlanta Brave Tom Glavine as an honorary member of the team in support of Keep Georgia Safe. Glavine warmed up with the team and took a ceremonial opening face-off before remaining on the bench for much of the first period on a night when the Gladiators beat the Trenton Devils 6-4.
March 30 – The Gladiators are officially eliminated from the playoffs for the first time in the team’s seven-year history after falling in overtime to the Charlotte Checkers by a score of 2-1.