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SPARK Uses $$ to Buy Music
Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Gwinnett Gladiators recently stopped by Springdale Park Elementary, an Atlanta Public School, to present the chorus program with a check for $493. The school earned the money when the chorus performed Oh Canada prior to the January 11 game versus Fort Wayne.

According to Brianne Turgeon, Chorus Teacher, the funds raised will be used to help purchase sheet music for the chorus program and also help defray transportation costs for the school when they travel to competitions.

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



Equipment Sale June 11th
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Gladiators will hold their annual Equipment & Merchandise Sale on Thursday, June 11th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Available equipment items include: tape, socks, helmets, gloves, pants, player locker nameplates, and skates. There will also be a very limited supply of sticks, and a small selection of shoulder and elbow pads. There is a possibility that a handful of practice jerseys will be available for purchase, but that is NOT definite at this time.

The Gladiators Merchandise Department will also hold a large clearance sale that evening alongside the equipment sale. Fans who make a merchandise purchase will receive a free gift. (Limit one per customer, while supplies last.)

The sale will be held in the Gladiators Locker Room and fans are invited to park in back of the arena. Please enter the Gwinnett Center complex from Satellite Boulevard and proceed behind the buildings, past the loading docks and down to where you’ll find other cars parked in back. Doors WILL NOT OPEN until 5:30 PM. Cash, check, or charge are welcome. If you have any questions about the Gladiators Equipment Sale, please contact Dakota King at 770-497-5119.

The Gladiators reserve the right to adjust their equipment sale inventory in advance of the sale without notice.


Golden Goalie Auction Live
Wednesday, April 29, 2015

On Sunday, March 29th, Kent Patterson wore the ECHL’s GOLDEN GOALIE jersey in the Gladiators game against the Orlando Solar Bears. That game worn jersey is now up for auction on The MeiGray Group’s NHL Auction site. The auction closes on May 7th.

Patterson’s selection as the Gladiators Golden Goalie was announced by the ECHL on February 25th, 2015.

CLICK HERE TO BID ON KENT PATTERSON’S GAME WORN JERSEY.

About The MeiGray Group

The leading distributor of game-worn hockey jerseys, The MeiGray Group has sold more than 7,000 ECHL game-worn jerseys since 2002-03.

The MeiGray Group, which has sold more than 50,000 game-worn jerseys since its inception in 1997, partners with USA Hockey and directs the NHL-MeiGray Game-Worn Jersey Authentication Program. MeiGray Group also partners with the National Basketball Association.

About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 28 teams in 20 states and one Canadian province for its 27th season in 2014-15. There have been 559 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 18 who made their NHL debuts in the 2014-15 season. The ECHL has affiliations with 29 of the 30 NHL teams in 2014-15, marking the 18th consecutive season that the league had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL. Further information on the ECHL is available on its website at ECHL.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter.


Glads Named Chamber’s BOM
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Late last week, the Gwinnett Chamber honored the Gladiators as their April 2015 Business of the Month. The Chamber’s goal is provide a forum where business, government, education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and philanthropic and public service communities come together to advance our regionís economy and enrich Gwinnettís quality of life.

After twelve seasons of providing exciting, affordable, and family-friendly sports entertainment, the Gladiators are proud to have established a remarkable legacy of achievement and success. Recognized as one of the nationís leaders in minor-league professional hockey for attendance and innovative game promotions, the Glads have competed in the Finals for the ECHLís coveted Kelly Cup and have qualified for the playoffs nine times, garnering three Division titles and a Conference Championship. In addition, 23 former Gladiators have advanced to play in the NHL. Perhaps more importantly, in collaboration with our enthusiastic and loyal fan base, the organization has maintained a firm commitment to serve as a foundation for numerous charitable initiatives, resulting in over $2 million dollars in directly attributable donations and contributions to benefit the Greater Gwinnett, metro-Atlanta and North Georgia communities.

Now, as we continue our 2nd decade in Gwinnett, the Gladiators look forward to the continuation of our trademark for providing championship-caliber sports entertainment complimented by a uniquely exciting in-game atmosphere at the spectacular Arena at Gwinnett Center during the 2015-2016 regular season. A tradition of excellence and a passion for fun Ö the Gwinnett Gladiators are "Atlantaís One & Only".


Pictured Above (L to R): Vince DeSilva, Sr. VP, Membership Services presents the April, 2015 Business of the Month award to Toby Jeffreys, Majority Owner and Joe Gelderman, Vice President & General Manager of Business Operations.




Click HERE to view the Gwinnett Chamberís "Iím a Member" video, featuring members of your Gladiators, and produced by proud Gladiators supporter, East2West Media Group.





Glads Release Home Sched
Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Gladiators revealed the team’s 2015-2016 home game schedule on Thursday, with the home opener set for Friday, October 23rd, at 7:35 p.m. against the Florida Everblades. The Gladiators will again face their division rival at The Arena at Gwinnett Center the following night at 7:05 p.m.

The Gladiators will host 12 different teams over the course of their 36 home games from late-October through mid-April, some of which includes a first look at four new additions to the ECHL. The Adirondack Thunder (NY), Manchester Monarchs (NH), and the Norfolk Admirals (VA) all begin ECHL play during the 15-16 season, and will face the Gladiators in November and December. The Brampton Beast (ONT) joined the league at the start of the 14-15 season, but have not yet made a trip to Gwinnett. The Gladiators will host the Beast on Saturday, February 6th, 2016.

Also visiting Gwinnett will be six teams very familiar to Gladiators fans. Division foes Greenville, South Carolina, Florida, and Orlando have multiple stints at The Arena at Gwinnett Center, as well as Cincinnati and Evansville. Both the Alaska Aces and the Idaho Steelheads of the Western Conference will come to Gwinnett for three games each during the month of January.

"We are thrilled with the diversity of the home schedule this season," said Joe Gelderman, Gladiators General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations. "Welcoming six teams into our building that most of our fans have never seen before is huge for us, and we cannot wait to get things going on October 23rd."

24 of the teamís 36 home games will fall on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, with five additional "holiday" games occurring when local children are out of school.

Fan favorite dates returning for the 15-16 season include the Gladiators annual Thanksgiving game (11/26 vs. Manchester), and the MLK Jr. Holiday "Kids Day Out" game (1/18 vs. Greenville @ 12:35 PM). Games occurring on Tuesday through Thursday, as well as Saturday, will continue to start at 7:05. Friday home games have a 7:35 p.m. start time, and Sundays will remain at 2:05 p.m.

A complete list of all 15-16 Gladiators Home Games follows this press release.

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in October 2015. For ticket 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. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and 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) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators)

FULL GLADIATORS HOCKEY 2015-2016 HOME SCHEDULE:
Florida 10/23/2015
Florida 10/24/2015
Adirondack 11/13/2015
Greenville 11/15/2015
South Carolina 11/21/2015
Manchester 11/24/2015
Manchester 11/26/2015
Orlando 12/8/2015
South Carolina 12/11/2015
Orlando 12/12/2015
Greenville 12/26/2015
Norfolk 12/29/2015
Norfolk 12/30/2015
Cincinnati 1/6/2016
Alaska 1/9/2016
Alaska 1/10/2016
Alaska 1/12/2016
South Carolina 1/15/2016
Greenville 1/16/2016
Greenville 1/18/2016
Evansville 1/23/2016
Idaho 1/29/2016
Idaho 1/30/2016
Idaho 1/31/2016
Florida 2/5/2016
Brampton 2/6/2016
South Carolina 3/4/2016
Greenville 3/6/2016
Florida 3/10/2016
Florida 3/15/2016
Greenville 3/19/2016
Florida 3/20/2016
South Carolina 3/24/2016
South Carolina 3/26/2016
South Carolina 4/6/2016
Greenville 4/9/2016

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King Named Eqpm Mgr of Year
Thursday, April 23, 2015

The ECHL announced on Thursday that Gladiators Equipment Manager Dakota King is the recipient of the 2014-2015 ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year Award, as presented by CCM Hockey.

The winner is determined in a vote of the leagueís equipment managers and athletic trainers. CCM Hockey recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of ECHL equipment managers and will award King a CCM gift card in honor of his achievement.

King recently completed his second year as the head equipment manager for the Gladiators, after spending eight seasons as a locker room assistant. He also serves as the assistant clubhouse manager for the Gwinnett Braves and was the head equipment manager for the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League in 2012.

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in October 2015. For ticket 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. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and 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) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators)

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Glads Welcome Back Pair
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Glads 14-15 season might have just wrapped up, but the team’s Corporate Partnership Department is already hard at work on the upcoming year. In fact, they have already finalized corporate partnerships with Talbert Insurance Services and Georgia United Credit Union for the 2015-2016 season.

Talbert Insurance Services is entering their 5th season of the supportive partnership, sponsoring the Home Penalty Box. We invite our fans to support the businesses that support your Glads - find out more about Talbert Insurance Services by visiting www.talbertservices.com.

Also, Georgia United Credit Union has signed on for their 3rd season with the organization as the presenting sponsor of the Gladiators annual educational initiative - Hat Trick for Reading. Hat Trick rewards elementary school students from across North Metro Atlanta with a complimentary game ticket for completing a school-selected reading assignment. Georgia United Credit Union will also be presenting sponsor of the 13th Annual Teddy Bear Toss! Visit Georgia United Credit Union at www.georgiaunitedcu.org

If your company would like more information about partnering with the Gladiators for the 2015-2016 season, contact Mike Miller at 770-497-5117.


Haw Creek Sells Over 350 Tix
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Gladiators welcomed the Haw Creek Elementary School Chorus to a game on Saturday, February 7th as part of the Gladiators Fundraiser Program sponsored by Peggy Slappey Properties. Haw Creek ES is located in Cumming, which is part of the Forsyth County School System. Gladiators Director of Corporate Partnerships Mike Miller stopped by recently to present Chorus Director Amy Ruiz and Assistant Principal Page Arnette with a check for $1,663.80. Over 350 Family and friends joined the chorus of 90 as they performed O Canada before the game against Orlando.

If you would like to learn more about how your school can be part of the Gladiators Fundraiser Program in the upcoming 2015-2016 season, please contact the Gladiators Front Office at 770-497-5100.




Funds Help Secure New Tech
Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Gwinnett Gladiators recently stopped by McKendree Elementary to present the school with a check for $512. The school earned the money when the chorus performed the National Anthem prior to the January 11 game versus Fort Wayne. According to Dr. Loretta Denmark, school principal, the funds raised will be used to help purchase new technology for the school.

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



Lee Shuffles Back to Portland
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Portland Pirates, AHL affiliate of the Gladiators, announced that goaltender Mike Lee has been recalled to Portland on Wednesday.

Lee, 24, played in 17 games with the Gladiators this season, picking up four wins, a 3.54 goals-against average, and a .895 save percentage. Of those four wins, Lee picked up three wins in his last five starts. In those wins, Lee registered a .931 save percentage, and a 1.94 GAA.

This will be Lee’s third call-up to the AHL this year. In two previous appearances with the Pirates this season, the Roseau, Minnesota native had a 3.41 GAA and a .848 save percentage. His best season with Portland came in 2012-13, when he appeared in 16 games, winning nine of them, with a 2.72 GAA and a .915 SV%.

This is Lee’s third professional season after being drafted by the Arizona Coyotes in the third round (91st overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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

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

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



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