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Glads at Suwanee Fest
Thursday, September 18, 2014

You know Training Camp is right around the corner when you start seeing the Gladiators out and about at all the local Fall Festivals! This Saturday you’ll find everyone’s favorite furball, Maximus, strutting his stuff down the street in the Suwanee Fest Parade, which starts at 10:00 am at the intersection of Buford Highway and Russell Street.

After the parade, head on over to Suwanee Fest as the Gladiators have scored a sweet location for this year’s booth! Set up right by the giant fountains that everyone loves to play in, Gladiators Office Staff members will be on hand Saturday - and Sunday - to answer any questions you might have, sign you up for season tickets (or your little fans up for Kids Club), or just to talk hockey!

Plus, we invite you to test your skills on our special Suwanee Fest Slapshot Booth! See how many goals you could score for the Glads as you snap the pine and try to "put the biscuit in the basket."

We look forward to seeing you there!

For additional information about the Festival:
http://www.suwaneefest.com/




Trio of Players Added
Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of defensemen Tristin Llewellyn and Art Bidlevskii, and forward Will Frederick on Tuesday.

Llewellyn, 25, rejoins the Gladiators after a season with the Rapid City Rush of the Central Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 209-pound defenseman first came to Gwinnett in January of 2013, playing in 27 regular season and three postseason games for the eventual South Division champions.

In four professional seasons, Llewellyn has totaled 12 goals and 54 assists (66 points) over 193 games played. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., Llewellyn stayed in his home town for college, playing in 126 games over four seasons with the University of Michigan.

Bidlevskii, 23, competed in 17 games for the Gladiators in 2014, chipping in four assists. Gwinnett acquired the native of Kelowna, British Columbia, along with Eric Springer, on January 28th for Brett Lyon.

This will be Bidlevskii’s third professional season, with three goals and 11 assists over 107 games to his name. The 6-foot, 198-pound defenseman also played in 10 games with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2010.

Frederick, 25, will suit up in the brick and bronze for the first time in 2014. The Allison Park, Pa. native played in 145 games for the Golden Knights of Clarkson University, racking up 20 goals and 39 assists in four years for the team.

The 6-foot-3, 218-pound forward made his professional debut for the Utah Grizzlies last season, playing in two games at the conclusion of his senior season with Clarkson. He also played in another two games with the Elmira Jackals before the end of the year.

The three signings continue to fill out a burgeoning Gladiators roster. Since July, the team has added forwards Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Brenden Walker, Nathan Burns, Anthony Perdicaro, and Sean Berkstresser. On the defensive side, the team has signed Daniel Spivak (SPEE-vack), Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), Tony DeHart, Bo Dolan, Bretton Cameron, and goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger).

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s Home Opener set for October 24th at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).

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Glads Renew With Arizona
Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that the organization has re-signed an official affiliation agreement with the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League on Tuesday. With the signing, the Gladiators will work closely with the Coyotes and the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates for the fourth consecutive season.

"We’re excited to extend our affiliation with the Coyotes and to continue our part in the hockey and personal development of NHL and AHL prospects for both Arizona and Portland," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "We’ve had quality conversations this year on several topics, and I’m confident the overall player development process for all three organizations will be significantly improved."

In 2013-14, Arizona assigned eight players to Gwinnett. Coyotes draft selections Justin Weller, Louis Domingue, and Mike Lee commuted between Gwinnett and Portland throughout the year. Forwards Brenden Walker, Josh Currie, Philippe Halley, and Kevin Veilleux, and goaltender Chris Rawlings also began the year with the Gladiators.

Walker and Currie finished fifth and sixth in team scoring with 36 and 31 points, respectively, and Walker led the team in goals scored with 22. Domingue spent the majority of the year in Portland, but made a statement in his short time in the brick and bronze. In just seven ECHL games played, Domingue had a 2.01 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.

"We understand their goals and they understand ours," said Chapman. "They are a quality organization with quality people and we look forward to working with them again this season."

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s Home Opener set for October 24th at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league and play every home game at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).

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GladsTV: Off-Season Wrap Up
Thursday, September 11, 2014

Earlier today, Head Coach Rick Emmett sat down with Gladiators Broadcaster Nick Bove to talk about the summer, all of the new off-season roster additions, and field some of questions from Gladiators Nation submitted via the team Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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






Funds Provide Ocee Support
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators recently visited Ocee Elementary, located in Fulton county, to present the school PTA with a fundraising check for $1287. The school earned the money as a result of two family fun nights they held during the course of the season. The highlight came when the chorus performed the American National Anthem during Opening Weekend of the 2013-2014 season.

According to Lisa Karnes, PTA President, the funds raised will be used to purchase Apple iPad carts and provide other academic support materials for students.

If your school, church, athletic organization or other non-profit is interested in finding out more about the Gladiators fundraising program please contact the Gladiators front office at 770-497-5100.



Stamler Joins Glads Defense
Tuesday, September 09, 2014

For the second time in a month, the Gwinnett Gladiators picked up an experienced hand from their nearest ECHL rival, with the announced signing of defenseman Bretton Stamler on Tuesday. Stamler, 27, started and ended the 2013-14 season with the Greenville Road Warriors, competing in 30 regular season games (0g, 3a) and 16 postseason matches (2g, 2a). On Jan. 4th, he signed a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, and played for over three months with the New York Rangers affiliate (2g, 6a in 39 games played) before returning to Greenville a week into the ECHL playoffs.

In 146 regular season and postseason professional contests, the native of Edmonton, Alberta has tallied nine goals, 13 assists, and a +13 rating. He joins his former captain, Sean Berkstresser, in coming to Gwinnett from Greenville this summer.

"Gwinnett came recommended to me as an organization by friends and former teammates, both for their winning expectation and to aid me in achieving my career goals," said Stamler. "There is definitely excitement on my end for new surroundings and opportunities."

A seventh-round selection (214th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Stamler played for Seattle, Edmonton, and Swift Current in the Western Hockey League (21g, 83a in 363 gp) and the University of New Brunswick (18g, 48a over 138 gp) before turning pro in 2012.

He joins a stout Gladiators blue line along with Daniel Spivak (SPEE-vack), Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), Tony DeHart, and Bo Dolan. On the offensive side of the puck, the team has also signed
Berkstresser, Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Brenden Walker, Nathan Burns, and Anthony Perdicaro this summer. In net, goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger) will be returning for the upcoming season.

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s Home Opener set for October 24th at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).

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Rocky Mount Increases Library
Thursday, September 04, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators recently visited Rocky Mount Elementary School, located in Cobb county, to present the school with a fundraising check for $592.20. The school earned the money when the chorus performed God Bless America during the first intermission of the April 12 game vs. Elmira.

According to Andrew Geocaris, chorus teacher, the funds raised will be used to purchase additional music for the chorus program and also help pay for a concert pianist for this year’s festival season.

If your school, church, athletic organization or other non-profit is interested in finding out more about the Gladiators fundraising program please contact the Gladiators front office at 770-497-5100.


Glads Add Perdicaro, Dolan
Tuesday, September 02, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators increased their roster size to twelve with the signings of forward Anthony Perdicaro and defenseman Bo Dolan on Tuesday.

Perdicaro, 25, joins the Gladiators for his sixth season of professional hockey. Last year, he split his time with the CHL’s St. Charles Chill and the Rapid City Rush (16g, 16a over 42 gp), and the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers (1g, 7a in 20 gp). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward has tallied 136 points (66g, 70a) and 486 penalty minutes over 196 professional matches.

Prior to his professional career, the East Rockaway, NY native played junior hockey in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and the United States. In all, Perdicaro had 163 points (69g, 94a) and 625 PIM over his 261-game junior career.

"Anthony and Coach Emmett have had conversations as far back as last summer. He brings a creative offensive game and the ability to play both center and the wing," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "From their conversations, we believe that he is ready to show his best for us. We think he could play a large role, especially with his versatility up front."

Dolan, 24, will start his professional career in 2014-15 after playing four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 132 games for the Engineers, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound defenseman scored three times, adding in 24 assists and 108 penalty minutes.

A native of St. Paul, MN, Dolan also played for the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede and Tri-City Storm (4g, 6a in 54 gp), and the Penticton Vees of the BCHL (9g, 16a in 39 gp) before his collegiate career.

"Bo Dolan is a rookie out of RPI that, based on Rick’s vetting and conversations, will bring passion and will compete," said Chapman. "We are always looking for those young guys that can step in and play a solid role for the team while they get their feet under them in our league. Bo has a chance to be that type of player for us."

Perdicaro joins fellow forwards Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Brenden Walker, Nathan Burns, and Sean Berkstresser on the Gladiators roster. Dolan will help carry the load on the Gwinnett blue line along with Daniel Spivak (SPEE-vack), Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), and Tony DeHart. In addition, the team has signed goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger) this summer.

With the team’s 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s Home Opener set for October 24th at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit GwinnettGladiators.com, or "like" the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/GwinnettGladiators), and follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators).

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Details Emerging on AS Game
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Late last week, the ECHL announced that country music artist Madeline Smith will perform during the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Week presented by Visit Orlando.

Smith will perform a full concert, sponsored by Wealth By Design, as part of the ECHL All-Star Fan Fest on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. She will also present an acoustic performance during one of the intermissions at the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Game presented by Visit Orlando to be held at Amway Center in downtown Orlando on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015.

Click here to read the full press release on ECHL.COM.

The announcement marked the second bit of information released regarding the January festivities in Orlando, and the first major announcement since the Solar Bears heralded the winner of the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Jersey Design Contest in December of 2013. The jersey design contest represented the first step following the league’s announcement in June of 2013 that Orlando would play host to the 2015 game.

Along with sponsoring the All-Star Game, Visit Orlando has made it easy for out-of-town fans to visit "O-Town." In fact - they’ve created a special page for each team’s fans to use when booking their trip. If you plan to make your way south in January to support the Gladiator(s) selected to play in the game, we ask that you use this link:
Gwinnett Gladiators All-Star Visit Page.


For details on the 2015 CCM/ECHL All Star Classic, please visit www.echlallstarclassic.com.


Gladiators Visit CHOA
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back in April, the Gladiators had the honor of visiting the patients and families at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. With arm (and wagon) loads of stuffed critters, the guys made their way around the CHOA campus bringing smiles to the faces of many young, true gladiators. The players in attendance - Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Mark Guggenberger, Eric Springer, Dirk Southern, Matt Clune, and Joey Haddad - spent hours with the youngsters playing games, signing autographs, and discussing important topics like favorite songs, favorite foods, and - occasionally - a little bit of hockey!

The Gladiators want to thank Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, for not only the tireless work they do on behalf of so many precious little ones, but also for their warm welcome on the day of our visit. CHOA has been a big Gladiators supporter for many seasons, and we are honored to partner with such a fine organization.

We’d also like to extend a THANK YOU to Gladiators Nation, for without your generosity on Teddy Bear Toss night every season, we’d not be able to bring these cuddly bits of comfort to the patients at CHOA!

Click on the graphic below to watch a video of the Gladiators visit...