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Guggenberger Blanks Nailers
Friday, October 24, 2014

The Gladiators came out firing on all cylinders Friday night, shutting down the Wheeling Nailers 5-0 in front of a crowd of 4,885 in their home opener at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Mark Guggenberger was a perfect 25-for-25 in net for the shutout. Casey Pierro-Zabotel had two goals in the game, while Brenden Walker came away with three assists. Eight Gladiators came away with points, while three had multiple points (Eric Springer being the other).

The Gladiators (1-1-0-0) put one on the board early in the first period at 3:20 from Eric Springer’s slap shot, which found its way through traffic and past Wheeling (1-1-0-0) starter Franky Palazzese. At 12:33 of the first, Garry Nunn worked the puck up the ice past the centerline, with Springer flanking up the right side. Nunn dished the puck across the front of the net where J.P. Labardo was waiting to strike, scoring his first of the season to give the Glads a 2-0 lead over the Nailers after 20 minutes.

The second period started much like the first, with the Gladiators finding the back of the net quickly. Gladiators’ captain, Sean Berkstresser, scored at 4:34 after pushing the puck towards Palazzese off a miscommunication between a Nailers defenseman and the goaltender. After more strong play, Brenden Walker dished the puck to Casey Pierro-Zabotel, who was waiting with his back to the Nailers’ net. With an impressive spin move, Pierro-Zabotel shot the puck directly into the goal, bringing the score to 4-0.

Pierro-Zabotel followed that tally with another, 52 seconds into the third period. Mike Merrifield quickly got the puck to Walker, who once again found Pierro-Zabotel in a very crowded net; giving him his third assist of the night. From there, it was all Guggenberger as Wheeling pummeled him for 11 shots in the final period, trying to break up the shutout.

On the opposite end, Palazzese was 10-for-14 in 40 minutes of work, while backup Jeff Wyer was three-for-four in his professional hockey debut.

The Gladiators will continue their six-game homestand on Saturday night against the Greenville Road Warriors at 7:05 p.m. Make sure to come early as the team will be handing out calendars to the first 2,000 fans inside the gates. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website atwww.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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Photo Credit: Lindsay Hartmann




Introducing Gladiators Radio
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Seeking new ways to interact with Gladiators fans, the Gwinnett Gladiators introduced the new Gladiators Radio Network on Thursday. The new online-only audio stream will allow fans to listen and interact with Gladiators broadcasts in a new way.

The team will host the stream at www.gwinnettgladiators.com/radio, and will also feature a "livepage" at www.mixlr.com/gladiators-radio, where listeners can talk with one another and also ask questions directly to the "Voice of the Gladiators," Nick Bove, with responses read on air. Fans can also tune in on their mobile phone thanks to the Mixlr app, available in the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play Store. Just download the app, and search for "Gladiators Radio."

The stream will work in a dual simulcast alongside coverage on North Georgia’s News/Talk, AM 550 and FM 102.9, WDUN, ensuring that fans can listen in on their Gladiators for every game. The Gladiators Radio Network will begin its inaugural broadcast in time for the Gladiators’ home opener at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Friday, October 24th, 2014.

Opening Weekend is set for this Friday at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. hosting division-rival 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 - 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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GDP: Glads Give to Community
Thursday, October 23, 2014

Twelve years ago, Gwinnett County got a professional hockey team. Management signed the first players, and the team set up shop in the 11,300-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth. Before long, fans began to turn out to games and sporting swag for their very own Gwinnett Gladiators, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes.

But some believe that Gwinnett — and metro Atlanta in general — might have scored a little more than a group of men to cheer for when the team arrived. The region also got the Gladiators Foundation for Kids, the annual food drive for Thanksgiving, the Pink in the Rink tradition for breast cancer awareness, the Teddy Bear Toss for ill children and a number of other charitable efforts the team uses to give back.

This article originally appeared in the October 23rd copy of the Gwinnett Daily Post.
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1st Post Game Party Saturday
Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Gladiators invite you to join us after the game this Saturday night for our first Post Game Party of the season! Held at the Marlow’s Tavern located on Satellite Boulevard (just north of Sugarloaf Parkway near the Arena at Gwinnett Center) these parties occur after select home games throughout the season. Saturday’s Featured Players are: Mark Guggenberger, Brenden Walker, and Casey Pierro-Zabotel.

Gladiators broadcaster Nick Bove will anchor the game recap and will discuss aspects of the season with Head Coach Rick Emmett. Coach Emmett will also answer questions from the fans in attendance. Guggenberger, Walker, and CPZ will be available to speak to fans, meet kids and/or autograph your Gladiators memorabilia!

Marlow’s Tavern is a proud supporter of the Gwinnett Gladiators and a perfect pre- and post-game location to enjoy some great food and drink in a warm and inviting atmosphere. You can catch your favorite game on the many TV screens, enjoy a delicious meal in one of the many private booths or hang with your friends and family in the spacious bar area. Marlow’s has delicious appetizers, crisp cool salads, big bar sandwiches, classic tavern burgers and other favorites such as the Shrimp & Grits and the Grilled Center Cut Filet. Marlow’s has locations in Alpharetta, Buford, Cumming, Northlake, East Cobb, Kennesaw, Midtown and Vinings for Glads fans to enjoy all over the North Metro Atlanta area. Find your local Marlow’s at www.marlowstavern.com.



Defenseman MacGregor Added
Tuesday, October 21, 2014

DULUTH, Ga. - The Gladiators announced the signing of defenseman Patrick MacGregor on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound blue-liner joins the lineup three days before the team’s home opener on Friday against Wheeling.

MacGregor, 24, will begin his rookie season this year after playing for four seasons at Boston University. The Hamden, Conn. native collected 12 assists over 114 games for the Terriers, and was the team’s co-Captain last season.

Prior to his time with BU, MacGregor attended Avon Old Farms, a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut that lists Brian Leetch, Nick Bonino, Chris Higgins, and Jonathan Quick among its hockey alumni.

The Gladiators are set to return for their 2014-15 campaign at the Arena at Gwinnett Center with the team’s Opening Weekend set for this Friday at 7:35 p.m. against the Wheeling Nailers and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. hosting division-rival 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 - 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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Photo Courtesy of Boston University Men’s Hockey



Glads Drop Game One, 3-1
Saturday, October 18, 2014

After a quick start, the Gladiators battled back against the Evansville IceMen, but couldn’t close the gap as they dropped game number one of the season, 3-1 at the Ford Center. Arizona Coyotes prospect Joel Hanley scored the lone Gladiators (0-1-0-0) goal of the game.

The IceMen (1-0-0-0) got the Ford Center rocking early with two quick goals early in the first. Kale Kerbashian scored the night’s first goal at 2:36, just 29 seconds into Evansville’s first power play, off an impressive dish by Patrick Kennedy. Another 26 seconds later, Kerbashian found himself in front of the net again, and he backhanded the puck over Mark Guggenberger’s outreached glove to give Evansville a 2-0 lead.

The second period went more in the Gladiators’ favor. After a quiet start to the period, the Gladiators were awarded their first power play of the night on a cross-checking minor by Randy Cure at 13:36. Gwinnett had several opportunities on net, but it wasn’t until the waning seconds of the man-advantage that Joel Hanley scored the Gladiators’ first goal of the season at 15:19 on a one-time backhand shot, from Garry Nunn and Dan O’Donoghue.

In the third, the Glads continued to fight back, but the IceMen extended their lead on a Jarret Lukin wristshot from the right faceoff circle that just tucked inside the left post. Despite the deficit, Gwinnett outshot Evansville in both the second and third periods, 7-5 and 8-5.

The game was bookended with two major fights in the first and third periods. Midway through the first, Coyotes prospect Dyson Stevenson fought IceMen captain Guillaume Lepine so hard that they knocked the net off its moorings behind Cal Heeter. In the third, Art Bidlevskii combated at center ice with Randy Cure at 16:46, but after being thrown down at the end of the fight, Bidlevskii had to be assisted off the ice with a leg injury.

Heeter stopped 19 of 20 shots for Evansville, while Guggenberger was 21-of-24. Gwinnett was 1-for-4 on the man advantage, and Evansville was 1-for-5.

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 - 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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14-15 Roster Announced
Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Gladiators announced their roster for the regular season on Thursday. For the team’s season opener on Saturday in Evansville, Ind., the Gladiators will be comprised of 13 forwards, seven defensemen, and two goaltenders:

Forwards (with 2013-14 stats)
#7 Anthony Perdicaro - 17g, 23a in 62 games for St. Charles (CHL), Rapid City (CHL), and Las Vegas (ECHL)
#9 Garry Nunn - 18g, 32a in 42 games for Valpellice (Italy Serie A)
#10 J.P. Labardo - 1g, 2a in seven games for the Univ. of New Brunswick (AUS)
#17 Casey Pierro-Zabotel (PEE-err-oh ZAB-oh-tell)- 12g, 38a in 69 games for Lausitzer (Germany DEL-2) and Gwinnett
#18 Nathan Burns* - 11g, 23a in 28 games for Swift Current (WHL)
#19 Brenden Walker - 22g, 14a in 56 games for Gwinnett
#21 Marshall Everson (EVE-er-son) - 21g, 22a in 53 games for Gwinnett
#23 Mike Merrifield - 17g, 24a in 68 games for Florida (ECHL) and Gwinnett
#24 Bobby Hughes - 11g, 15a in 36 games for Fort Wayne (ECHL) and Gwinnett
#25 Sean Berkstresser - 8g, 18a in 67 games for Greenville (ECHL)
#26 Dyson Stevenson* - 38g, 38a in 66 games for Regina (WHL)
#36 Dan O’Donoghue* (OH DON-ah-HUE)- 15g, 28a in 41 games for Mercyhurst Univ. (AHA) and Portland (AHL)
#47 James McEwan (MICK-ewe-AN)- 0g, 0a in seven games for South Carolina (ECHL) in 2011-12

Defensemen (with 2013-14 stats)
#4 Eric Springer - 3g, 21a in 57 games for Ontario (ECHL) and Gwinnett
#5 Bretton Stamler* - 2g, 9a in 69 games for Greenville (ECHL) and Hartford (AHL)
#6 Joe Stejskal (STAY-skull)- 3g, 16a in 65 games for Florida (ECHL)
#13 Art Bidlevskii (BID-lev-skee) - 1g, 8a in 43 games for Ontario (ECHL) and Gwinnett
#14 Tristin Llewellyn - 5g, 19a in 39 games for Rapid City (CHL)
#16 Joel Hanley* - 2g, 19a in 49 games for UMass-Amherst (HEA) and Portland (AHL)
#20 Bo Dolan - 0g, 10a in 34 games for R.P.I. (ECAC)

Goaltenders (with 2013-14 stats)
#1 Mark Guggenberger (GOOG-en-berg-er) - 2.30 GAA and .927 SV% in 74 games for Alaska (ECHL), Allen (CHL), Gwinnett, and Rochester (AHL)
#33 Adam Brown - 3.13 GAA and .900 SV% in 21 games for Colorado (ECHL) and Arizona (CHL)

*Assigned by Portland Pirates (AHL)

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 - 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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Four Signed, Five Released
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Gladiators had a busy Wednesday with the announcements of four players signing to ECHL contracts, and the release of five players. Defenseman Eric Springer will return to Gwinnett in 2014-15 with the signing of his ECHL contract, while forwards J.P. Labardo and James McEwan, and goaltender Adam Brown were released from their try-out contracts and signed to ECHL contracts.

Springer, 25, was a defensive leader for the Gladiators last season, as he led the team in +/- with a +13 while in Gwinnett, and a +15 overall during the year. The Wrightstown, WI native began the season with the Ontario Reign, playing in 32 games for them before being traded to the Gladiators on January 28th. In his professional career, Springer has three goals, 22 assists, and a +26 rating in 85 ECHL contests.

Springer played for four years for the University of Wisconsin, collecting two goals and eight assists in 84 games played. He was also named to the NCAA All-Academic Team for the WCHA in back to back seasons (09-10, 10-11).

Labardo, 22, played in both exhibition games for the Gladiators this past week, scoring the lone Gladiators’ goal in game one against the South Carolina Stingrays. McEwan, 27, was the Gladiators’ enforcer in both matches, as he fought with Anthony Collins in game one, and Bretton Cameron in game two. Brown, 23, started game one for Gwinnett, and was a perfect 15-for-15 in net, playing two periods against the Stingrays.

To make room for the players on the roster, five Gladiators were released from their contracts. Defensemen Tony DeHart and Nolan Descoteaux, and forward Cameron Abney were released from their ECHL contracts. Defenseman Drew Baker and goaltender Chris Kamal were released from their try-out contracts.

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 - 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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O’Donoghue Assigned
Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Rookie forward Dan O’Donoghue was assigned to the Gladiators from the Portland Pirates, the team announced on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old forward from Port Jefferson Station, NY played in three games for the Pirates at the end of last season, but did not register a point. He also played in both of Portland’s preseason games this month and scored a goal.

From 2010 until this past spring, O’Donoghue played in 155 games for Mercyhurst University of the Atlantic Hockey Association. He scored a total of 45 goals and 74 assists for the Lakers, with his best season coming this past year (15g, 28a, +16).
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 - 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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Warriors Edge Out Glads
Sunday, October 12, 2014

The Greenville Road Warriors scored three early goals in the first period, which proved to be all they needed Sunday night to trump the Gladiators, 3-2, at the Ice Forum in Duluth. Joel Hanley and Garry Nunn scored goals for the Gladiators, who fell short in their comeback bid.

The Road Warriors (1-1-0-0) came out strong in the first period, forcing the Gladiators (0-2-0-0) to play in their defensive end for the majority of the period. Greenville opened things early when Lindsay Sparks scored off an assist from Brandon Hynes only two minutes in. This was almost immediately followed by goal from Greenville’s Michael St. Croix at 5:33. The Road Warriors’ third and final goal of the period came unassisted off Cameron with just under thirteen minutes remaining. Hanley stayed persistent around Road Warriors goaltender Jeff Malcolm, and was finally rewarded at 10:42 with the first Gwinnett goal of the game, unassisted.

That would remain the score of the first period, but the last five minutes wouldprove to deliver some excitement for the fans as a full ice brawl ensued, involving every player on the ice. Gloves and sticks scattered the ice, with surprisingly only one Gladiator receiving penalty, but Greenville was unable to produce on the power play. A total of 72 penalty minutes were doled out to both sides, but neither side was able to cash in on the man advantage all night (Gwinnett: 0-for-6, Greenville: 0-for-7).

The second period was more of the same, with Greenville controlling play for the beginning of the period. The Gladiators began to push back in the latter half of the frame, though, as Garry Nunn brought the deficit to one with his unassisted tally with under two minutes remaining. The Warriors outshot theGladiators in the second, 15-11.

The Gladiators failed to gain any ground in the third, and the score remained 3-2 in favor of the visitors until the final buzzer. The game did not have its shortage of penalties, with 22 in all, both squads drawing their fair share. Greenville outshot Gwinnett over the full 60 minutes, 31-to-28. Malcolm stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced, while Gladiators goaltender Mark Guggenberger was 28-for-31.

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 teamwebsite 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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