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Glads Visit GMC Kids Clinic
Wednesday, April 01, 2015

On Wednesday, April 1st, Bo Dolan, Pat MacGregor, Daniel Bahntge, Patrick McEachen, Zach Sarig, Tyler Shiplo, and Jeff Silengo all paid a visit to Gwinnett Medical Center-Lawrenceville’s Miles & Lib Mason Children’s Associates. The clinic provides pediatric care to the uninsured, underinsured and insured children of our area.

Along for the trip were another batch of stuffed animals donated during the Gladiators 2015 Teddy Bear Toss. The players were set up in two different waiting areas within the clinic: one to great the children as they came in and the second to provide a much needed distraction following their receiving of whatever immunization shots they were seeing the doctor for. Much to the delight of the youngsters, the main room of the clinic very much resembled a giant toy store!

The Gladiators want to thank Gwinnett Medical Center, as well as the wonderful doctors, nurses, and support staff at the Miles & Lib Mason Children’s Associates, for their continued partnership and hospitality. Also, a big thank you to Gladiators Nation for their giving spirit that allows our organization to make a positive impact in the Metro Atlanta community season after season.

  • Click HERE to view photos from the visit to the children’s clinic!



  • Brandt Named Head Coach/GM
    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    The Gwinnett Gladiators have announced that Andy Brandt, who has served as the team’s interim head coach since December 2nd, has been named Head Coach and General Manager of Hockey Operations for the 2015-2016 season. The announcement was made to Gladiators Full Season Ticket Holders at a team event on Tuesday evening.

    "This season’s slide has been difficult on all of us. What we have seen from Andy is that he possesses the tools, the qualities and the character that are needed to return the Glads to the winning tradition that we have earned in the past.," said Gladiators Chairman and Majority Owner Toby Jeffreys. "We feel that Andy can build a team of highly motivated players that care about each other and about our organization. In our discussions and analysis over the past few months, we have come to realize that we simply needed to take the construction of the team in a new direction."

    Over the past month, the Gladiators have nearly completely re-tooled the make-up of the team roster through trades and the signing of college prospects with a focus on the 2015-2016 season. Several trades that were made include key futures acquisitions that will take place at the conclusion of the ECHL playing season. In total, the Gladiators have brought in 11 new players in the past month including five collegiate players to begin to assess their potential impact for next season. The Gladiators are also owed a total of 8 players currently playing in the ECHL via trades made in the past month.

    "I am extremely honored to be named Head Coach and to take on the duties of General Manager of Hockey Operations," said Brandt. "I am very thankful for this opportunity. I look forward to building upon the tradition of excellence that was instilled in me during my career here. This is an exciting challenge as we plan and work to return Gladiators hockey back to the level of success that we expect. I am committed to the individual success of our players and I want each player that returns or comes to the Glads to know that they will be an integral part of restoring our winning tradition."

    Previous to his coaching appointment, Brandt played five full seasons for the Gladiators after his graduation from the University of Wisconsin, where he played in all four seasons of his eligibility and was a member of a NCAA National Championship team in 2006. Brandt is the all-time games played leader for the Gladiators with a total of 385 matches in a Glads uniform, wearing a letter in all five seasons with the team. He has also played 14 games in the American Hockey League.

    "Clearly our focus is on building a better team for next season. There is no moving forward without understanding the path that led us to where we are," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "Clearly, our on-ice product has not been performing to the level that we expect as an organization. No one is more frustrated with that fact than our ownership group and Andy. No one. There are a number of factors involved and - to play the blame game - there are a number of directions, including at me, to point fingers. That blame is deserved and we are all accountable. But, while these past two seasons have not been what we expect, I think that our overall track record proves our organization’s standard. We decided that the best path to get us back to that level that we expect is to make wholesale changes in our personnel and to begin to build for the 2015-2016 season. We are going to return the team to the level of higher expectations and results that has been our identity. We expect that change to occur next season and we believe in Andy’s abilities and that he is going to get the job done. He has shown a tremendous amount of leadership and intestinal fortitude as we have gone through this season. We believe that he will prove his abilities to the fans with the team that he assembles, motivates and coaches going forward."


    Solar Bears Slide by Glads
    Sunday, March 29, 2015

    After a back-and-forth tight battle throughout the game, a short-handed goal midway through the third period by the Orlando Solar Bears (35-23-5-3) would cement a win for the opposition over the Gladiators (18-43-3-3), 3-2, on Sunday afternoon. Mike Merrifield and Sean Berkstresser each tallied a goal, while Tyler Shiplo notched his first professional point.

    The Gladiators came onto the ice decked out in their sharp black uniforms for their last Sunday home game of the season, and quickly battled their way up the ice to take the initial lead over the Solar Bears. Upon receiving the puck from Tyler Murovich, Sean Berkstresser brought the puck even to the goal line on the far left flank and sent in an off-balanced shot that just squeezed in on an odd bounce past Garret Sparks at 4:49.

    However, Orlando put up quite the fight, battling to hang onto the final playoff spot in the East Division. The Solar Bears doubled up the Gladiators’ shots on net, at 14, and were able to tie up the score with less than five minutes in the period. Johnny McInnis’ shot barely trickled in past Kent Patterson in net, to give the forward his sixteenth of the season at 15:45.

    After a scoreless, neck and neck second period, the home team took control to start the third period, and regained their lead at 4:09. On a power play, Mike Merrifield grabbed the pass from Justin Buzzeo and immediately smashed a shot at Sparks from between the hash-marks. The puck deflected out, and Merrifield rebounded his own shot, this time finding the net for his second of the season.

    Nevertheless, Orlando once again evened the score only minutes later. Former Gladiator Marshall Everson centered the puck back to Max Nicastro just inside the point, who then sent a bullet into the net at 8:15.

    At 10:41, the shorthanded Solar Bears took the first and only lead of the afternoon. Brady Vail stole the puck from the neutral zone while on the penalty kill, flew down the ice, and single-handedly wristed in a shot that rose over Patterson’s reach. The Gladiators made a valiant effort in the remaining minutes of the third period, pulling Patterson from the net and overwhelming Orlando’s end on a late power play, but still were unable to score.
    Kent Patterson saved 34 of Orlando’s 37 shots, while Garret Sparks went 23 for 25, grabbing the win. The Solar Bears take the edge in the season series, winning seven of the 12 games this year.

    The Gladiators head to Greenville to take on the Road Warriors in back-to-back games starting this Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:00 p.m. The team will return home to The Arena at Gwinnett Center on April 4th to once again take on the Greenville Road Warriors for the team’s second-to-last home game of the season at 7:05 p.m.

    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 – 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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    Buzzeo Signs with Gwinnett
    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have signed forward Justin Buzzeo to an ECHL contract on Saturday. Buzzeo just completed his senior season at Ferris State University of the WCHA.

    Buzzeo, 25, scored nine goals and 13 assists in 40 games for the Bulldogs this season. His best year came in 2013-14, when he was tied for first on the team with 32 points (14 goals, 18 assists).

    Along with current Gladiator Travis Ouellette, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Championship game in Buzzeo’s freshman season of 2011-12.

    The Windsor, Ontario native will join the Gladiators ahead of their 7:00 p.m. home game tonight against the Greenville Road Warriors.

    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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    GGG & Star Wars Tees Tonight
    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    It’s a big night in Gladiators Nation, and we have the shirts to commemorate it! We have the FIRST EVER Glads "Star Wars" Tee featuring everyone’s favorite Gladiator rocking a lightsaber. We also have our annual Girls Gone Gladiators t-shirt - this year celebrating our 10th Anniversary!!

    Last week, the Gladiators announced that they have partnered with "It’s the Journey, Inc." as the benefactor of the funds raised from the sale of the Official Girls Gone Gladiators t-shirts that evening. PLUS - purchase a GGG tee tonight and receive 50% off of any 2015 Pink in the Rink t-shirt.





    Glads Rocked by Warriors, 5-1
    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    On Star Wars Night in front of over 8,000 fans, the Gladiators (18-42-3-3) held pace with the Greenville Road Warriors (35-28-1-3) through the majority of the game before ultimately falling 5-1 on Saturday night. Justin Buzzeo scored his first professional goal in his Gladiators debut.

    The Road Warriors buzzed around the Gladiators’ goal for quite some time on their first power play of the game before finally striking to give the opposition the early lead in the first period. Josh Nicholls drew Mike Lee to the near post and then slid the puck through the crease to Thomas Frazee who was waiting alone backdoor to punch it in at 6:08. Greenville tallied their second goal only a minute before the buzzer sounded, when the Gladiators failed to clear it from their defensive zone and Michael St. Croix smacked in a quick shot from the top of the crease at 19:06.

    The back and forth stalemate of the second period gave all the makings of a scoreless second period, until the Gladiators pounded in a power play goal at 16:56. Tyler Murovich nailed the puck into goaltender Jeff Malcolm and the puck rebounded out towards the wide open back post as Malcolm fell to the ice. Justin Buzzeo crashed towards the open net and easily tallied his first professional goal at 16:56, after just signing an ECHL contract with the Gladiators earlier in the day.

    Just 35 seconds into the third period, the Road Warriors brought the goal differential back up to two. Paul Rodrigues took advantage of a misplay by Lee, who dove out of the crease but came up empty handed. Kyle Jean made it four for Greenville on a successful breakaway, coming up as the victor of his one on one with Lee at 5:59. And St. Croix scored his second of the night on a one-timer from the left circle at 12:40.

    Mike Lee picked up the loss, making 35 saves on 40 shots against, while Jeff Malcolm was 25 for 26 in the crease.

    The Gladiators wrap up their final weekend homestand of the season tomorrow afternoon, at 2:05 p.m. when they face the Orlando Solar Bears for the final time this season. Join the Gladiators as they host Princesses Anna and Elsa from the movie “Frozen,” as well as take part in another Kroger Family Sunday!

    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 – 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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    Glads Beat Bears in OT, 4-3
    Friday, March 27, 2015

    After a solid first period of play and taking the initial lead, the newly refurbished Gladiators (18-41-4-3) bested the Orlando Solar Bears (34-23-5-4) in overtime on Friday night, 4-3. Jeff Silengo scored the winning overtime goal, while Greg Carey tallied a goal and an assist and Mike Merrifield scored his first goal this season.

    After tying up the score in the waning minutes of the third period, the Gladiators threatened several times early in overtime before scoring the game-winner, less than two minutes into the extra frame. Greg Carey possessed the puck behind Orlando’s net, and looked up to see Jeff Silengo crashing in on goal from the point. Silengo received the puck from Carey, and in one fluid motion, wristed it past Maxime Clermont to give the home team the victory.

    For as good as the Gladiators played in the final minutes of the game, they looked even better in the game’s opening minutes. On Gwinnett’s first goal, Zach Yuen composed the puck in the left faceoff circle before sending it through the slot to Greg Carey waiting deep on right flank. Carey smashed the puck right past Clermont on a step-up wrist shot at 1:49 of the first.

    Only a few minutes later, at 7:55, the home team found themselves up by two after complete chaos ensued in front of Orlando’s goal. Mike Merrifield was the last man into the scrum, crashing the net after the Gladiators sent in a hectic flurry of shots at Clermont. His bounce shot goal was his first goal of the season.

    The Gladiators kept the Solar Bears down to an impressive five shots on goal in the first period, but Orlando was able to slip one in past Mike Lee to break the score in half. Eric Baier slapped in a shot from deep in the left faceoff circle at 13:34 to put the opposition the board.

    The second period began quietly, but Orlando stormed back as the period went on, doubling their shots on goal as well as evening the score. Brett Findlay managed to just barely slip the puck between Lee and the near post at 11:55 to even the score at two.
    A mere 38 seconds into the third period, Bryce Aneloski sent an absolute bullet into the net from out on the right wing on the power play. The game quieted down from there, and then seemingly out of nowhere, the Gladiators roared back into the game. With less than five minutes remaining, Jason Wilson bolted right towards the far post off the Gladiators faceoff win. The puck followed him and somehow managed to get by Clermont, deflecting off of Wilson’s body at 15:19.

    The Gladiators will look to continue their momentum as they face the Greenville Road Warriors tomorrow, March 27th, at 7:05 p.m. Come join the Gladiators for a fun-filled Saturday night, as it is Star Wars AND “Girls Gone Gladiator” Night at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. The team will also have their final $5 Frenzy of the season, featuring Gladiator Dry-Fit shirts that will be sold only during tomorrow’s game.

    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 – 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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    Shiplo, Bahntge to Gwinnett
    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have signed forward Daniel Bahntge (pronounced BAN-sha) and defenseman Tyler Shiplo to ECHL contracts on Thursday. Both players just wrapped up their senior seasons with the Mercyhurst Lakers of the Atlantic Hockey Association.

    Bahntge, 24, was Mercyhurst’s leading scorer in 2014-15, notching nearly a point per game (13g, 23a in 39 gp). The Westlake, Ohio native was named to the AHA Third All-Conference Team for this season. In all, Bahntge tallied 52 goals and 75 assists in 161 collegiate games played.

    Shiplo, 23, also played in 39 games for the Lakers this year, scoring four goals and 14 assists with a +6 plus/minus rating. Those totals were second-most among Mercyhurst defensemen this season. The native of Oakville, Ontario has scored 17 goals and 50 assists in his 158 games played in the NCAA.

    Bahntge and Shiplo are the second and third Lakers on the Gladiators roster this season, along with forward Dan O’Donoghue, who graduated from the school last year.

    To accommodate roster space for Bahntge and Shiplo, forward J.P. Labardo and defenseman C.J. Chartrain were waived on Thursday.

    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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    Saturday is Dry-Fit Frenzy!
    Thursday, March 26, 2015

    The final $5 FRENZY Night of the season arrives this Saturday, with the Gladiators offering up Dry-Fit Shirts for the first time ever. These heather gray performance shirts feature moisture wicking fabric to keep you cool and dry when you’re working your hardest. Our "Sword" logo rests front and center on the chest to provide that extra Glads punch.

    The Gladiators organization turned the long-standing minor league tradition of fan giveaways on its head back in 2011 with the implementation of our $5 Frenzy Nights. Instead of lesser quality items given away to the first thousand or so fans through the door, the Glads offer high quality items at cost or less-than-cost. No reason to stand in line for an hour hoping to be one of the lucky ones to receive the free item. No hassles if you want to get one for your nephew or grandson, but he is not attending the game. No age limits. Higher quality items without the hassle.

    There will be three locations for you to purchase your Gladiator Scarf on Saturday Night:
  • Club Level Parking Deck Entrance (Cash Only)
  • Main Lobby (Cash Only)
  • On the Concourse Outside of Section 103 (Credit Only)





  • Join the Force Saturday
    Wednesday, March 25, 2015

    Saturday night, a worldwide pop-culture phenomenon comes to life at The Arena at Gwinnett Center as the Gladiators celebrate the epic motion picture series with our 4th annual "STAR WARS NIGHT." The evening will feature the Dark Side’s most iconic villain Darth Vader, as well as Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Maul and infamous Maldorian bounty hunter Boba Fett, along with a multitude of authentic cast member replicants sanctioned by the Georgia Garrison of the 501st Legion and the Rebel Legion-Bespin Base.

    Plus, the Jedi Master Yoda will remain astride the shoulder of team mascot Maximus throughout the game. Fans young and old alike will have an opportunity to pose for pictures with their favorite attending characters both before the game (located outside of Sections 107 and 116) and during a special interactive session on the main concourse throughout the 2nd Intermission. Don’t miss this truly memorable experience of intergalactic proportions for the entire family!

    Click HERE to purchase your tickets!