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Glads, Bahntge Agree to Terms
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Forward Daniel Bahntge and the Atlanta Gladiators have agreed to terms for the 2016-2017 season, the team announced Thursday.

Bahntge (pronounced BAN-sha) returns for his third season with the Gladiators, after missing much of 2015-2016 with an injury. In 28 games played with Atlanta last year, the Westlake, Ohio native tallied four goals and eleven assists for 15 total points. Injured in late December during a game against Greenville, Bahntge would have been ready to return to the roster for a Gladiators playoff run.

"For Bahntge, it was a devastating injury," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt, "and for us as a hockey team as well. He was coming on strong before he was injured, and recovery was something that he battled through to get back as soon as he could. If we had made the playoffs he was going to be inserted back into the line-up immediately."

Bahntge first joined the Gladiators in March of 2015 after wrapping up his senior season with the Mercyhurst Lakers. He would appear in eight games with Atlanta, tallying two goals and three assists before the end of the season. The 25 year old was Mercyhurst’s leading scorer in his senior season, notching nearly a point per game (13g, 23a in 39 gp). Overall, Bahntge scored 52 goals and 75 assists in 161 collegiate games played.

"We’re talking about a guy who brings work ethic every day, he’s a detailed player, and he goes about his business in a professional manner," said Brandt. "He’s versatile. He’s a guy who can play on the top line because he has the skill to do so, but he has the energy and the competitiveness of a player who might be on the second or third line.

"He’s just an all-around good hockey player and we look to put him in several different rolls."

The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Youth Hockey Camp Wraps Up
Monday, July 18, 2016

The Gladiators held their first Youth Hockey Camp powered by The Cooler during the week of July 11th. From the looks of the exhausted, but excited, campers on Friday afternoon, it was a great success! The Gladiators want to thank The Cooler for putting on the camp, and our many awesome campers who worked hard all week long!








Nesbitt Returns for 16-17
Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Thursday that veteran forward Derek Nesbitt has agreed to terms with the organization for the 2016-2017 season.

With the announcement, the Gladiators begin the building of their roster with a Team Captain already in place. Nesbitt, named to the pivotal role last season, will continue his captaincy in the upcoming year. "The leadership that he [Nesbitt] brings to our group is something that can often be overlooked," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "You look at his resume and his credentials, and for him to lead this group is important for us on a number of levels."

Having started his professional career with the Gladiators, Nesbitt returned to the team for the 2015-2016 season, bringing with him 10 years of AHL and ECHL experience. The Ontario native appeared in all 72 games last season, finishing the year first on the Gladiators in points with 28 goals and 34 assists. Over the course of his career, the 6-foot, 195-pound forward has appeared in 372 AHL-level contests, racking up 104 goals and 121 assists for 225 total points, and 283 ECHL-level games with 302 points earned.

"I didn’t return to the Gladiators to just play for a year," said Nesbitt. "I plan to keep playing as long I can continue to produce and play my game. If we can continue to make things better here, I want to be a part of that."

The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Conf/Div Alignment Released
Monday, July 11, 2016

The ECHL announced on Monday the divisional alignment for the 2016-2017 season. As approved by the Board of Governors, the Conference and Divisional alignment for the 16-17 Season will be as follows:

Eastern Conference
North Division
Adirondack Thunder, Brampton Beast, Elmira Jackals, Manchester Monarchs, Reading Royals, Wheeling Nailers

South Division
Atlanta Gladiators, Cincinnati Cyclones, Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Norfolk Admirals, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays

Western Conference
Central Division
Fort Wayne Komets, Indy Fuel, Kalamazoo Wings, Quad City Mallards, Toledo Walleye, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder

Mountain Division
Alaska Aces, Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Idaho Steelheads, Missouri Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Utah Grizzlies

The first two rounds of the Kelly Cup Playoffs will be played entirely within the division, with the division winner playing the fourth-place finisher and the second-place team meeting the third-place team in the Division Semifinals. The winners of each series will meet in the Division Finals, leading to the Conference Finals and Kelly Cup Finals.

The new format will allow most teams to have a better chance of playing traditional rivals in the first two rounds of the playoffs, and to allow for more economical travel.

About the ECHL
Began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states, the ECHL has grown into a coast-to-coast league with 27 teams in 21 states and one Canadian province for its 29th season in 2016-17. There have been 599 players who have gone on to play in the National Hockey League after starting their careers in the ECHL, including 30 who made their NHL debuts in the 2015-16 season. The ECHL had affiliations with 25 of the 30 NHL teams in 2015-16, marking the 19th 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.

About the Atlanta Gladiators
The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Glads Extend Qualifying Offers
Friday, July 01, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators announced today that the team extended qualifying offers to eight players prior to the 12 p.m. deadline on Thursday.

Forwards Chris Auger, JT Barnett, Justin Buzzeo, Patrick D’Amico, Thomas Frazee, and Garry Nunn as well as defensemen Kevin Albers and Tyler Shiplo all received offers. As such, all eight players remain property of the Gladiators, though contracts must still be signed in order for them to return to Atlanta next season.

Players who signed a contract by June 30 did not need to receive a qualifying offer.

Each team was entitled to reserve the rights to a maximum of eight qualified players. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four could be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the upcoming 2016-17 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until Aug. 1 at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player will retain the rights to that veteran until August 1. After that date, if the veteran player is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by August 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Glads Office Open Again
Friday, July 01, 2016

The Gladiators Front Office re-opened Monday, July 11th at 8:30 PM. The Glads Office will be open normal hours this week - Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM. We also invite you to shop securely online 24/7 and 365 via our award winning website!



Glads 15-16 Bloopers Released
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Over the course of a season, the Gladiators film and produce countless video clips. Most are for in-game promotions, but there are content stories published, pieces used for upcoming game promotion and advertising, and a whole host of other reasons. Like most others who’ve ever spent time in front of a camera, nothing ever goes perfectly, and what you DON’T see is often more entertaining than what you do.

Now’s your chance to enjoy:




Click above to watch Part 1







Click above to watch Part 2





Glads Welcome New Partners
Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators are proud to announce new corporate partnership agreements with Lawrenceville Dental Associates and Action Specialty Carts for the 2016-2017 season.

Lawrenceville Dental Associates will be the official dentist of the Gladiators this season and presenting sponsor of the Gladiators Fundraiser Program. During the 2015-16 season the Gladiators worked with over 50 Schools and Non-Profit organizations to raise over $50,000.

“It is extremely special to partner and work with the Gladiators both as an outstanding franchise with a brilliant future, but also similar to our office, they have a demonstrated commitment to the supporting the community,” said Dr. Roman Cibirka of Lawrenceville Dental Associates.

Find out more about their practice online at www.lawrencevilledentalassociates.com.

Action Specialty Carts in Alpharetta also joins the Gladiators for the upcoming season. ASC will provide a ride for Maximus to arrive in style each night during the T-Shirt Shoot in the 2nd intermission.
Visit their showroom on McFarland Parkway or check them out online at www.ascarts.com.

If your company would like more information about partnering with the Gladiators for the 2016-2017 season, contact Mike Miller at 770-497-5117.




Seasons-End Roster Released
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators announced today the team’s season-ending roster. By ECHL rule, teams are allowed a maximum of 20 players on the final roster, but those who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2015-2016 may not be included (i.e. players who were under contract to teams in either the National Hockey League or the American Hockey League).

After completing their remaining future consideration trades on Monday, the Gladiators submitted a final roster of 20 players: Kevin Albers, Chris Auger, Josh Atkinson, Daniel Bahntge, J.T. Barnett, Jacob Bolton, Justin Buzzeo, Patrick D’Amico, Corey Fienhage, Thomas Frazee, Brock Higgs, Austin McKay, Tyler Murovich, Jimmy Murray, Brad Navin, Derek Nesbitt, Garry Nunn, Kent Patterson, Tyler Shiplo, and Joe Stejskal.

Each team is entitled to reserve rights to a maximum of eight players from the list of 20 by extending a qualifying offer no later than July 1. Of the eight qualified players, no more than four can be veterans (260 regular season professional hockey games played as of the start of the 2016-2017 season). Players on open qualifying offers cannot be traded. Teams are not required to extend a qualifying offer to players who sign a contract prior to July 1.

The qualifying offer must remain open for acceptance until August 1st, at which time the qualifying offer becomes null and void and the team may sign the qualified player to any salary or may elect to take no further action. Teams that extend a valid qualifying offer to a non-veteran player shall retain the rights to that qualified player for one playing season.

A team that extends a valid qualifying offer to a veteran player, or to a goaltender who has played more than 180 regular-season games, will retain the rights to that player until August 1st. After August 1st, if the veteran player or goaltender is not signed to a contract by the team, the veteran or goaltender shall be deemed a restricted free agent and shall be entitled to seek and secure offers of employment from other ECHL teams. Restricted free agents may not be traded. When a restricted free agent receives a contract offer from a team other than the team with the player’s rights and the restricted free agent wishes to accept the contract offer, the restricted free agent and the offering member must, within 24 hours, notify the ECHL, the team with the player’s rights and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association. The member with the player’s rights shall have seven days after the date it is notified to exercise its right to match the contract offer.

If a restricted free agent is not signed to either an offer sheet or a contract by an ECHL team by Aug. 31, the player shall be deemed an unrestricted free agent.

The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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Glads GA Traveler Ep. to Air
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators announced today that the team’s episode of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s "Georgia Traveler" series will air Thursday, June 16th at 8:00 PM EST.

Now in their ninth season, "Georgia Traveler" takes the viewer on exciting adventures found throughout the state of Georgia in search of food finds, getaways, outdoor activities, family fun, and local legends. Host Phil Proctor, 30-year television veteran and Emmy Award Winner, spent an afternoon with the Gladiators back in December for the show. Lacing up the skates for the first time, Proctor learn the basics from Gladiators Captain Derek Nesbitt, Alternate Captain Tyler Murovich, and defenseman Ian Barteaux. The footage from the "Georgia Traveler" visit, as well as interviews with all three Gladiators players and footage from the team’s annual Teddy Bear Toss game, will comprise Thursday night’s episode.

"When the day wrapped, he [Proctor] could not stop talking about how much fun he had," said GPB Producer Shantel Copeland. "He said that being a hockey player for a day was one of the most fun times he has had doing Georgia Traveler. The players were great teachers and you can tell they love what they do."

Gladiators Senior Director of Digital, Media, and Game Operations Christina Johnson felt similarly about the experience.

"Having the crew from ’Georgia Traveler’ with us after practice couldn’t have been more exciting," she said. "Phil and Shantel were so easy to work with, and definitely made our non-television stars feel comfortable. Watching Phil interact with our three players was wildly entertaining and I think will really help make the segment."

Those interested in seeing the Gladiators episode of "Georgia Traveler" can catch its premiere Thursday, June 16th, 2016 at 8:00 PM EST on GPB. Check local listings for channel information.

ABOUT GEORGIA PUBLIC BROADCASTING:
As one of the largest PBS stations in the nation, Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB Media), has been creating content worth sharing for over 50 years. With nine television stations, 18 radio stations and a multi-faceted digital presence, GPB strives to educate, entertain and enrich the lives of our viewers and listeners with programming that includes statewide radio news, current affairs, high school sports, educational resources for teachers and students and enlightening programs about our state like Georgia Outdoors and Georgia Traveler.

ABOUT THE ATLANTA GLADIATORS:
The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season kicks off at the Infinite Energy Arena on Friday, October 14th against the Toledo Walleye at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.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. 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 AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (www.snapchat.com) at "gladshockey".

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