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Glads Nab Sweet Partner
Tuesday, September 01, 2015

The Gladiators are excited to announce the return of Little Debbie as a corporate partner for the 2015-2016 season. Our favorite tasty partner will be a presenting sponsor of the MLK/Kids Day Out game on Monday, January 18th at 12:35 PM. Little Debbie’s mascots will be on hand to take photos and take part in the pre-game ceremonies. Plus, Glads fans will receive Little Debbie samples as they exit the arena following the game that afternoon.

Visit their website at www.littledebbie.com to get more information about all the great snacks they offer and register for one of their great sweet sweepstakes.

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




Kelly Mill Colts Sing & Earn
Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Gladiators welcomed the Kelly Mill Elementary School Chorus to their home game on Saturday, January 24th as part of the Gladiators Fundraiser Program. Mike Miller, Director of Corporate Partnerships, stopped by earlier this year to present Chorus Director Jessie Tomes and some of his students with a check for $502.

Over 100 Family and friends joined the chorus of 35 students as they performed the National Anthem prior to the game against division rival Florida. Great job Colts!

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



Glads Sign Trio of Forwards
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Gladiators announced Wednesday that they have agreed to terms with Forwards Nathan Condon, Kyle Gibbons and Brad Navin for the 2015-2016 season.

Condon, 25, was originally drafted in the seventh round, 200th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Wausau, WI native began last season, his first as a professional, with the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL where he posted four goals and 11 assists in 19 games played. The 6-foot, 197-pound center left the Komets to finish last season with Sparta Sarpsborg of the Norwegian Elite League (GET-ligaen). In 17 games with the Warriors, Condon produced three goals and nine assists to go along with eight points in 11 playoff matches.

"Nathan is a big strong center that skates incredibly well and has a ton of offensive potential,” said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. “We are getting an extremely hungry hockey player looking to make a huge impact on the Gladiators and in this league.”

Before turning pro, Condon skated four full seasons for the University Of Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2010 to 2014. In 159 collegiate games, Condon amassed 40 goals and 63 assists. Prior to his tenure in the NCAA, Condon had a successful junior career with the Fargo Force of the USHL where he helped the Force reach the Clark Cup Finals in both of his two seasons in North Dakota.

Gibbons, 24, Joins the Gladiators after he scored four points last season as a rookie over 23 ECHL games with the Indy Fuel and Wichita Thunder. The native of Westlake, OH spent the majority of the season in Wichita, generating all four of his points in 20 games for the Thunder.

“Gibbons is a player with good size down the wing that can produce high offensive numbers for our lineup,” said Brandt. “We are excited for Kyle to come in and put up the numbers we know he can much like he did in his final season in college.”

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward turned pro at the end of the 2013-14 season after he finished up school at Canisius College. He signed with the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye where he appeared in 10 games recording three assists. Gibbons was a standout for Canisius, as he registered 130 points in 152 career games. In 2012-13, Gibbons led the Golden Griffins to their first-ever Atlantic Hockey Association (AHA) title and a NCAA Division I National Tournament berth, also a first in school history. He finished that season 12th in the NCAA in points (43) and eighth in goals (21). Prior to his time at school, he played one season for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and recorded 14 goals and 15 assists in 56 games.

Navin, 23, is set to embark on his first season in professional hockey after concluding a successful four-season career for the NCAA’s University of Wisconsin. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward finished his collegiate career for his home state Badgers with 52 points in 136 games played and was named Team Captain for his senior season in Madison. The native of Waupaca, WI was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the seventh round, 197th overall in the 2011 NHL entry draft.

“Brad is a very solid power forward,” stated Brandt. “He did not put up flashy numbers in college but has an unbelievable skill set, great knowledge of the game and very high hockey IQ that will bode well for him at this level.”

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at Infinite Energy Arena 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 nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Infinite Energy Arena, 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".




Glads Partied with Chopper
Friday, August 21, 2015

Everyone’s favorite lovable lion was at Coolray Field last week to help his old buddy Chopper celebrate his 7th Birthday. (Seven years? Max isn’t sure if he has enough candles for the cake.) It’ll be Mascot Mayhem on the baseball diamond tonight will all sort of crazy furry hi-jinks!

The game starts at 7:00, and tickets are still available. Several Gladiators Office Staffers, both old favorites and new faces, will have a table on the concourse with loads of information and game schedules for the upcoming 2015-2016 Season. Plus - make sure you stop by and say hi because you never know when you might walk away with a Glads Gift!!

GOING TO THE GAME? BE SURE TO POST AND TAG YOUR PICS WITH #GLADitude and #ChoppinAtCoolray. One lucky photo poster will win a Gladiators Puck signed by Forward Derek Nesbitt.




Treft Named Team Broadcaster
Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Gladiators announced on Thursday the hiring of Chris Treft as the club’s new play-by-play announcer for all regular and postseason games on the the Gladiators Broadcast Network. As the new "Voice of the Gladiators," Treft will do additional work in maintaining contact with the Metro-Atlanta media, producing in-arena entertainment elements, and contributing content to the official team website.

The Fort Wayne, Indiana native spent last season as the number two broadcaster for the Adirondack Flames of the AHL. Prior to his year in Glens Falls, Treft worked as the TV color commentator and broadcasting intern for the Fort Wayne Komets of the ECHL. In addition to his time in pro hockey, he has accrued experience serving as the voice of the Fort Wayne Federals of the MnJHL, the Fort Wayne High School Hockey Association, and both the 2013 and 2014 Indiana High School State Championships.

"We are thrilled to welcome Chris to the Gladiators family," said Gladiators Vice President and General Manager of Business Operations Joe Gelderman. "He not only impressed us with his ability behind the mic, but also with his experience in sales and video production."

"We think that Chris’ energy and passion for the sport of hockey will resonate well with our fan base," added Gelderman. "I’m confident they’ll enjoy listening to him call our games."

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at Infinite Energy Arena 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 nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Boston Bruins of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Infinite Energy 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Higgs, Frazee Agree to Terms
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Forwards Brock Higgs and Thomas Frazee have agreed to terms for the 2015-2016 season, the Gladiators announced on Wednesday.

Higgs, 23, had six goals and twelve assists in 41 ECHL games last year, his first full professional season. He began his rookie campaign with the Reading Royals, and spent time with the South Carolina Stingrays and the Fort Wayne Komets, before finding a home with the Gladiators in mid-March after being claimed off of waivers. In just 11 games with Gwinnett, Higgs would notch eight points off of one goal and seven assists.

"Last season Brock came in and made a big impression on our coaching staff," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "He possesses the ability to produce offensively because he is willing to go to the hard areas, but he is also expected to be a leader for us in the coming year."

The Kingston, Ontario native’s first taste of professional hockey came late in the 2013-14 season when he signed an ATO contract with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. Higgs registered three goals and three assists in 16 games for the Sharks. Prior to turning pro, Higgs played for four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2010 to 2014. He was named captain of the Engineers for his final year at R.P.I.

The Gladiators acquired the rights to Thomas Frazee in June from the Greenville Road Warriors, completing an earlier trade that saw forward Scott Arnold come to Gwinnett in exchange for forward Anthony Luciani. The 6-foot-3 210-pound forward scored 40 points in 67 ECHL games played in 14-15, and spent time in the American Hockey League with the Charlotte Checkers.

"Thomas is a big, strong, center that has speed to his game," said Brandt. "He caught our attention at the end of last season, with Greenville, because of his skill on the faceoff and his physical play."

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 nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Boston Bruins 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Glads Intern Program Open
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Gladiators are seeking candidates from local colleges with interest in the field of sports management for our 15-16 season internships, and have posted the openings at TeamWorkOnline.com. College credit will be awarded based on successful completion of the Gladiators Internship Program to those applicants requiring it. The program will run from the beginning of October through the end of the season (including playoffs) and applicants MUST be willing to work all 36 regular season games and playoff games as needed.

The Gladiators Internship Program grants an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate level college students to explore careers in the sports world through both paid and unpaid internship opportunities.

For further details and/or to apply, please click HERE.




Stars and Strikes Returns
Friday, August 14, 2015

The Gladiators are excited to announce a continued partnership with Stars and Strikes Entertainment Centers for the 2015-2016 season. Stars and Strikes has been a valuable part of Gladiators Nation for many years, and provides support for many of our fan’s favorite in-game and off-ice activities.

Host to what are perhaps the most talked about kid-friendly events from each season, Stars and Strikes welcomes our team and our Maximus Kids Club into their entertainment centers twice a year for our “Bowl with the Team” Parties. That tradition will continue for 15-16, and is not to be missed. If you’d like to sign your child up for the Kids Club, please click HERE.

In addition to their Kids Club partnership, Stars and Strikes will once again sponsor the First Strike of the Game. Every time the Glads take to their home ice, one lucky section will find themselves rewarded with a complimentary game of bowling once the Gladiators score their first “strike.” (Goal) They will also continue to be presenting sponsor of the 3 Stars of Game, rewarding the Top 3 players from each home game, as voted on by the media in attendance, for their hard work and contributions. Whichever player finishes the season with the Gladiators, and has accrued the most points, will enjoy a ceremonial presentation prior to the Gladiators final home game.

“Stars and Strikes has been with us for an amazing nine seasons and we look forward to another great year of working together,” said Director of Corporate Partnerships Mike Miller. For more information about Stars and Strikes, please visit www.starsandstrikes.com.

If your company would like more information about partnering with the Gladiators for the 2015-16 season, contact Mike Miller at 770-497-5117.



Preseason Schedule Set
Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Gladiators fans will have their first chance to see the new 2015-2016 team in action at a home preseason exhibition match against Greenville in early October.

The team will open the preseason slate with a game against the South Carolina Stingrays in Charleston on Saturday, Oct. 10th at the Carolina Ice Palace at 7:05 p.m. The following day, on Sunday, October 11th, the Gladiators will play host to the Greenville Road Warriors at the IceForum in Duluth at 5:00 p.m.

Throughout the first half of October, the Gladiators will participate in training camp at the IceForum in preparation for the regular season, which they will open in Estero, Florida on Friday, October 16th. The team will return to The Arena at Gwinnett Center the following weekend to open their 15-16 home schedule with two games against the Florida Everblades.

Opening Night is Friday, October 23rd at 7:35 p.m. with magnetic schedule hand-outs and a special pre-game ceremony introducing the entire 15-16 squad. The following night, the Gladiators will drop the puck against Florida at 7:05 for Team Calendar Giveaway Night at the arena.

Gladiators full season tickets, partial season plans, and group outing opportunities are all still available for Opening Weekend and the rest of the 15-16 season. Call the Gladiators front office at (770) 497-5100 or visit www.gwinnettgladiators.com for more information.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Boston Bruins 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Glads Sign Merrifield, Bahntge
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Gladiators announced Tuesday that they have agreed to terms with Forwards Mike Merrifield and Daniel Bahntge (pronounced BAN-sha) for 2015-2016. The upcoming season will mark Merrifield’s third with the team and Bahntge’s first full year as a rookie.

Merrifield missed most of last season with an injury suffered during the Glads home opening weekend in October. The Michigan native would return to the line-up in March, however, and go on to finish the year with 8 points (5g, 3A) in 20 games played. Merrifield joined the organization via a trade deal with the Florida Everblades in March of 2014, in the midst of a successful season where he totaled 17 goals and 24 assists for 41 total points.

"Last year was a bit of a wash for me," said Merrifield. "Plus, it definitely wasn’t the kind of season we as a team wanted to have. This year will be a big change. I believe in what Coach Brandt is doing, and I want to be a part of it."

Bahntge signed a contract with the Gladiators in March of this year after wrapping up his senior season with the Mercyhurst Lakers. He would appear in eight games with Gwinnett, tallying two goals and three assists before the end of the season. The 24 year old was Mercyhurst’s leading scorer last year as well, notching nearly a point per game (13g, 23a in 39 gp). Overall, Bahntge scored 52 goals and 75 assists in 161 collegiate games played.

"Daniel came in last year and impressed everyone with his style of play," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "He is an extremely well-rounded player that is not only defensively reliable, but also possesses the ability to make key plays and produce offensively."

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 nation’s premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Boston Bruins 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), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/GWTGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/gwtgladiators) or Snapchat (https://www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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