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Thank You GS of Greater ATL
Thursday, July 31, 2014

A large group representing the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta attended a Gladiators game this past season and took advantage of our popular Fundraising Program. Along with a rousing rendition of "God Bless America," the Girl Scouts also presented the Colors prior to face off.

Seen here with Maximus and Jim Hall, Gladiators Director of Community Relations, are Shannon Hill and Tara Bennett who helped organize the Girl Scouts’ big game night. We’ll see you all again
next Season!


Gladiators Re-Sign Spivak
Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A key piece of the Gwinnett Gladiators 2013-2014 defense will return this season as the team announced the return of defenseman Daniel Spivak on Tuesday.

Spivak, 25, was the team’s plus-minus leader for the majority of last season, going +14 in a Gwinnett sweater. Remarkably, Spivak finished with a minus in only 15 of his 65 games played, and never went below a -1. He also finished the year with one goal, nine assists, and 46 penalty minutes.

A native of Netanya, Israel, Spivak was loaned out by the Gladiators in early April to compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Spivak was named an alternate captain for Team Israel, representing his home country in the World Championships for the tenth straight summer.

"We’re extremely happy to have Spivak back," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "Daniel was steady and consistent for us last season, and a true professional. He plays the role that the casual hockey fan may not notice, but that the more knowledgeable truly appreciate. He brings stability, consistency, and intelligence to our defensive unit.

"He also has some pretty cool business plans that he is kicking off for life after hockey, and we weren’t sure if we were going to get him back on the ice. But, he told us that he still had the fire and that Gwinnett was the only place that he wanted to play. We’re glad to have him back."

Before coming to Duluth in October 2013, Spivak spent a year with the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League, where he registered three goals and 10 assists in 46 games. The blue-liner was also integral for four years at R.I.T., where he played in 122 games, and was named team captain for his senior year.

The Gladiators begin their 12th season on the road in Evansville on October 18th, returning for their 2014-2015 home campaign with Opening Weekend at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on October 24th vs. Wheeling and October 25th vs. Greenville. 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 Were at G-Braves
Thursday, July 24, 2014

Your Gwinnett Gladiators appeared at the Gwinnett Braves game Thursday to promote the upcoming 2014-2015 Season as the G-Braves host Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Stop by and say hello to new Gladiators Account Executive Sean Maguire, as well as Glads Director of Media, Game Ops, & Merchandising - Christi Johnson.

The Glads will have their handy dandy hockey net on hand for fans to take a few shots, as well. Plus, we’ll have a bevy of Ticket Plan and Group Night Information to discuss with you, if you’re interested.

...BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE! One lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of tickets to one Gladiators home game this upcoming season!!We look forward to seeing you at Coolray Field!



"Hawk-A-Pella" Sings
Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Special thanks goes out the Mill Creek High School Choral Ensemble, known as "Hawk-A-Pella" who performed the Star Spangled Banner from the ice this past season. Here accepting a fundraising check for the MCHS Chorus Program are the chorus Students along with Ms. Stephanie Archer, Mill Creek High school Chorus Teacher, and Mr. John O’Driscoll with the Mill Creek Chorus Booster Association.

Congratulations on a job well done! If your school or organization is interested in a Gladiators Fundraiser, please contact the Gladiators Front Office at (770) 497-5100.



Glads at Armed Forces Open
Tuesday, July 22, 2014

On Monday, July 21st, the Gladiators were privileged to join the roster of sponsors supporting the troops and their families as part of the Georgia Armed Forces Open, hosted by Reunion Country Club in Hoschton. The annual golf tournament benefits two extraordinary causes, The Fallen Heroes of Georgia and Habitat for Humanity of Hall County. Since 2001, more than 200 military service members from the state of Georgia have been lost in defense of our freedom and liberty.

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Your Glads Now On Instagram
Monday, July 21, 2014

With a new season on the horizon, the Gwinnett Gladiators are expanding their social media for 2014-2015 and are now on Instagram! Fans can follow the Gladiators on Instagram under the name @gwtgladiators. The Glad’s Instagram account will showcase a variety of photos, along with occasional videos. Occasionally, Gwinnett will utilize Instagram keep fans informed about upcoming events site via promo and info graphics.

Fans attending Gladiators games during the season can now share their photos and experiences with Gladiators Nation by tagging @gwtgladiators in their Instagram photos or by using the hashtag #goglads.

Be sure to download the Instagram app on your mobile phone if you don’t already have it to enjoy all sorts of behind the scenes images from the Gladiators. Instagram is available through the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Windows Phone Store.

Instagram becomes the fourth social media platform on which the Gladiators have a presence, along with Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. In addition to Instagram, be sure to follow @gwtgladiators on Twitter, "like" the team on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gwinnettgladiators and subscribe to Gladiators TV on YouTube by searching for "GladiatorsHockey."

Click HERE to view the Gladiators on Instagram.



CPZ Commits to Gladiators
Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with Forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel. Pierro-Zabotel, 25, will return for his sixth season in the ECHL after posting seven goals and 21 assists in 36 games with Gwinnett last season. Previous to joining the Gladiators in mid-January, Pierro-Zabotel had a brief stint with the Lausitzer Foxes of the DEL2 in Germany, where he had five goals and 17 assists in 33 games.

"We are very happy to welcome CPZ back to the Glads," said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. "Casey is a player that can really impact our style of play. Everyone sees the assists and the goals in a game - and he can bring them. But, he really brings much more than that to the table. He’s a big body and he can play an irritating game for opponents. He’s also a face-off winning machine. When he’s going, it really is an awesome thing to watch."

Pierro-Zabotel led the Gladiators during the 2012-2013 season in both goals and points, averaging over one point per game. In 66 regular season games, he contributed 22 goals and 53 assists, and was a team high +19.

"Besides what he brings with his playing ability, we’re going to depend on Zabbo’s leadership to flourish this season," continued Chapman. "I know that he and Emmer have ’connected’ and Rick is going to be depending on that leadership. Not every leader is a loud, rah-rah type of guy. Some guys lead by setting the example and demanding accountability from teammates in a more quiet manner. That’s what Casey has in him and that’s what we expect to see this year. We’re really expecting big things."

Drafted 80th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the third round of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft, the British Columbia native spent two seasons in the Penguins organization with Wheeling and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Pierro-Zabotel furthered his tenure in the ECHL with Cincinnati and Bakersfield before finding a home with Gwinnett.

Over the course of his ECHL career, Pierro-Zabotel has 67 goals, 166 assists, and 233 points in 289 games. He has also played in 14 AHL games, split between the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the Charlotte Checkers.

Prior to turning pro, the 6’2", 207-pound forward played in 190 British Columbia Hockey League and 121 Western Hockey League games. From 2004 to 2007 with the Merritt Centennials (BCHL), Pierro-Zabotel had 92 goals and 118 assists, and from 2007 to 2009 with the Vancouver Giants, he had 55 goals and 108 assists, averaging well over a point per game in both leagues.

The Gladiators return for their 2014-2015 campaign at The Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s Home Opening Weekend set for Friday, October 24th at 7:35 p.m. and Satuday, October 25th at 7:05 p.m. For ticket and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office 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 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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WGHS Marches to the Bank
Monday, July 14, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators recently visited Walnut Grove High School, located in Walton County, to present the band program with a fundraising check for $540. The school earned the money when the band came out to perform the American National Anthem prior to the March 14 game vs. South Carolina.

According to Raymond Diaz, band director, the funds raised will be used to purchase the sheet music for this year’s football halftime show.

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.


Guggenberger Returns to GWT
Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the return of goaltender Mark Guggenberger on Saturday as the third player signing for the 2014-2015 squad.

Guggenberger (pronounced GOOG-in-berger), 25, was the 12th goaltender to make an appearance for Gwinnett last season, and provided stability to the position down the stretch. The Richfield, MN native posted impressive numbers across the board in a Gladiators sweater, going 10-5 with a 2.75 goals against average and a .913 save percentage after Gwinnett acquired his rights from the Alaska Aces on February 28th in exchange for forward Alex Belzile.

"We found a good fit last season with Gugges," explained Steve Chapman, Gladiators President and General Manager. "At the time, between the call-ups and season-ending injuries that had plagued us at the goalie position, we were really looking for stability in net and Gugges came in and provided that for the team. He has the ability to make the big save, potentially steal a game, but - more than anything - he gives the guys confidence. He’s a gamer as well - a throwback - and that’s a good quality that fits our culture. I think, at the same time, we provided Mark with some of the stability that he needs to progress his career and to get it back on the track of being an elite player in the ECHL and beyond. Now, we have to build on that and take it beyond just being the start of a great story."

Guggenberger also appeared in six games with the Aces last season prior to playing in 18 with the Central Hockey League’s Allen Americans. Shortly after a 21-save shutout performance in Gwinnett’s regular season finale against Elmira on April 12th, he received his first call-up to the American Hockey League for the Rochester Americans. In that game Guggenberger turned aside 41 shots, and stopped seven of ten attempts in a 2-1 shootout loss.

In his first ECHL campaign in 2012-13, Guggenberger starred for the Aces en route to winning 25 games and earning a spot on the ECHL’s All-Second Team. Prior to that, he was named the CHL’s Most Outstanding Goalie and Rookie of the Year as a member of the Texas Brahmas.

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 Phoenix 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, Arena Extend Contract
Thursday, July 10, 2014

On Thursday, Gwinnett Center and the Gwinnett Gladiators announced a 5-year contract extension thru the 2018-2019 ECHL season.

Gwinnett Center is a multi-purpose campus in Gwinnett County that includes The Arena at Gwinnett Center, and is home to the Gwinnett Gladiators. The first puck hit the ice on October 24, 2003, when the Gwinnett Gladiators secured their first win over the Augusta Lynx, 5-1.

Their twelfth season begins on the road on October 18, 2014, with their first home-stand at The Arena on Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25.

"We are excited to have Gwinnett Gladiators hockey at The Arena for years to come," says assistant general manager, Ron Jackson. "They are a great partner, and we look forward to a Kelly Cup victory this year!"

Gladiators Majority Owner Toby Jeffreys echoed the sentiment: "The Gladiators Organization is pleased to continue our partnership with the GCVB and arena staff as we call The Arena at Gwinnett Center home. As Atlanta’s One and Only professional hockey team, this allows us to continue our relationships and focus on the community as we bring affordable, family fun to Gwinnett and Metro Atlanta."

About Gwinnett Center
Just minutes outside of Atlanta, Gwinnett Center’s 80-acre lakefront campus can accommodate a variety of events from concerts, performances, meetings, trade shows, conventions, banquets, and celebrations. The multipurpose campus includes an amazing 13,000 seat arena, a 702-seat Performing Arts Center, 23 versatile meeting rooms, a 50,000 square foot exhibit hall, and a 21,600 square foot grand ballroom. Gwinnett Center is beautifully landscaped and architecturally stunning facility with an award-winning outdoor private garden, soaring atriums and modern angles which provide a beautiful backdrop for any event. The campus, operated by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau, distinguishes itself by hosting a diverse range of events, including the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships, Lady Gaga, Catalyst Convention, George Strait, Beyoncé, Enrique Iglesias, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Menopause the Musical, American Idol Live!, Dave Matthews Band, Vicente Fernandez, Carrie Underwood, Eric Clapton, FLW Forrest Wood Cup, Michael Bublé, MUSE, and many more. For more information about events on Gwinnett Center’s campus, please visit www.gwinnettcenter.com/events.

About Gwinnett Gladiators
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).