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Preseason Game Details
Monday, September 29, 2014

The Gladiators will play two preseason games in early October, with the first coming on Friday, October 10th at 7:00 PM vs. South Carolina at the Alpharetta Family Skating Center ("The Cooler"), and the second on Sunday, Oct. 12th at 5:30 vs. Greenville at the Duluth Ice Forum. Doors for both events will open 45 minutes before puck drop.

October 10th at The Cooler:
General admission will be a minimum $5 donation at the door. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Atlanta Fire Youth Hockey Club, Special Needs Hockey Program (Sparks), and CURE Childhood Cancer. Ample free parking is available around the grounds of The Cooler.

VIP Access Packages will be available for $40 by calling The Cooler at (770) 649-6600 or reserving a package at The Cooler front desk from 10 AM to 6 PM. The package will include exclusive access to the VIP Level seating and standing room observation area, two (2) drink tickets (good for soda/tea or beer/wine only), and complimentary food from Crust Pizzeria and Pasta.

October 12th at the Ice Forum:
General admission will also be a minimum $5 donation at the door. All donations will support the youth hockey development program at the Ice Forum. Parking is free at the Ice Forum, but spots are limited. If the lots are full, additional free parking is available at the Georgia Federal Credit Union and the office park complex adjacent to the Forum.

Gladiators Ticket Package Holders will have the opportunity to purchase ultra-exclusive admission to the nightís $30 Breakaway Grill VIP Package. Glads VIPs will gain access to the restricted Breakaway Grill, enjoying a birds-eye view of the action down on the ice, a buffet of light appetizers, and two (2) drink tickets (valid for soda/tea or beer/wine only.) In addition, Gladiators Head Coach Rick Emmett and Assistant Coach Andy Brandt will stop by the Breakaway Grill post-game to mingle with fans. Gladiators Ticket Package Holders should check their email inboxes over the next 24 hours for full details on how to reserve one of the 50 VIP packages.

For both games, concession stands will be open to purchase snacks and drinks, and fans will have a chance to buy Gladiators merchandise throughout the night. Those who have pre-purchased 2014-15 Gladiators ticket packages will also have a chance to pick up their tickets at specially marked tables in the lobby.

With the teamís 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the teamís 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 nationís premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.

As Atlantaís "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

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

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Glads at Duluth This Wknd
Friday, September 26, 2014

Don’t miss the Gladiators this Saturday and Sunday at the annual Duluth Fall Festival & Parade in Downtown Duluth. For the 12th straight year, the Gladiators will take part in the local fall mainstay that takes place on the last weekend in September. The Gladiators booth will be located across from the Carnival entrance on Main Street this season.

As always, Maximus will take part in the parade that will get underway at 10 a.m. followed by the Opening Ceremonies that will commence at 11:30 a.m. on the town green. Stop by the Gladiators booth for information on the upcoming season and register to win some great prizes.

Visit the Duluth Fall Festival website - http://www.duluthfallfestival.com - for more information.


Single Game Tix On Sale 9/29
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 29th, Gladiators fans can purchase 2014-15 single game tickets at The Arena at Gwinnett Center Box Office or online at gwinnettgladiators.com and AXS.com.

The Gladiators will open the season on the road at Evansville on October 18th, but they will open their home schedule on October 24th at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers. The team will play their next five games at The Arena at Gwinnett Center over the next three weeks.

Starting that Monday, fans can purchase single game tickets for traditional fan-favorite promotions, such as the Thanksgiving Day Game or Sing For Santa in the first half of the season, Teddy Bear Toss or Pink in the Rink Weekend in the second half, or $5 Fan Gear Frenzies throughout the year.

In the 36 games the Gladiators played at home last season, a total of 185,170 fans passed through the gates, an average of over 5,000 per night. The team had over 8,000 in attendance five times during the year, including the season-high 10,880 fans who turned out for $5 replica Gladiators jerseys on February 22nd.

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

As Atlantaís "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

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

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Descoteaux, Abney Added
Wednesday, September 24, 2014

DULUTH, Ga. - With one month to go until their home opener at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, the Gladiators hockey club announced the signing of defenseman Nolan Descoteaux (pronounced DAH-coh-toe) and forward Cameron Abney on Wednesday.

Descoteaux, 24, played in 11 games for the Gladiators at the tail end of last season, tallying three points (1g-2a), including an assist in his professional debut on March 14th against South Carolina.

"Iím excited to be joining the Glads for my first pro season," said Descoteaux. "I loved the time I spent there at the end of last year and am thrilled about the opportunity to return for this season. The first game of the season cannot come soon enough and I look forward to competing again at a high level."

The Dallas, Texas native joined the Gladiators after four seasons with his alma mater, Rochester Institute of Technology. In 139 career NCAA games, Descoteaux scored 35 points (12g-23a), and his team reached the 2010 Frozen Four in Detroit as champions of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

Abney, 23, enters his fourth season of professional hockey in 2014-15 after being selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

He began last season with the Bakersfield Condors, scoring two goals and three assists in 24 games. His rights were traded by Edmonton to Toronto on January 31st, and Abney played out the rest of the season with the Orlando Solar Bears (two points in 13 games played).

In 2012, the native of Aldergrove, British Columbia played in 21 games across two seasons for the Oilersí AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. Over the course of 129 professional games played, Abney has totaled nine goals, 11 assists, and 357 penalty minutes.

Abney will join the forward group along with Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son), Randy Cameron, Casey Pierro-Zabotel, Brenden Walker, Nathan Burns, Anthony Perdicaro, Sean Berkstresser, and Will Frederick. On the defensive side, Descoteaux will join Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull), Tony DeHart, Bo Dolan, Bretton Cameron, Tristin Llewellyn, Art Bidlevskii, and goaltender Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-in-berger).

With the teamís 11th season in the books, the Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the teamís 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 nationís premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.

As Atlantaís "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

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

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Glads Discuss "Doing Good"
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Christopher Leverett, Gladiators Account Executive, was the featured guest speaker at a recent weekly meeting of the North Perimeter Optimist Club. The mission statement of the Optimist organization is "...to be volunteers in action for the benefit of youth in our community." The North Perimeter club, based in Sandy Springs, works closely with the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, Sandy Springs Community Action Center, Woodland Elementary School and others on several high-profile community initiatives every year.

The focus of Leverettís speaking engagement was to highlight the many community-oriented events and fundraising programs sponsored by the Gladiators organization. With a wide range of charitable efforts across metro Atlanta and surrounding communities, Leverett promoted increased awareness and explored possible opportunities for involvement by Optimist Club members during the upcoming 2014-2015 season.



Glads Attended 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! Last Saturday Maximus was seen strutting his stuff down the street in the Suwanee Fest Parade, which startsed 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 yearís 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.