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Glads Award $$ to GWT Relay
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators recently stopped by the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds to present the American Cancer Society-Gwinnett Chapter with a check for $8250 during their team captain meeting in advance of the county’s annual (and world’s largest) Relay for Life event.

The organization earned the money when numerous Relay for Life teams sold Pink in the Rink vouchers as part of the Gladiators Pink in the Rink weekend held March 19-20. Due to their tremendous sales efforts, the American Cancer Society also was awarded a portion of the proceeds from the Gladiators post game jersey auction held February 6.

According to Roxanne Tigue, Senior Community Manager, the funds raised will be used to help fund research and support services here in the local community.

The Gladiators want to salute all of the participants in this year’s Relay for Life as once again Gwinnett county raised over two million dollars to help aid in the fight against cancer.

If your school, athletic organization or other non-profit is interested in finding out more about the Gladiators fundraising program please contact our office at 770-497-5100.



Don’t Miss Our Early Bird Perks
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Gladiators are already hard at work preparing for their 14th season of hockey in Metro Atlanta, and want YOU to be there for all the exciting action. If your schedule and/or budget doesn’t make sense for the big commitment of a Full Season Ticket plan, we invite you to consider one of our Mini Plan Options! Right now the Glads are offering a few extra "perks" to our Early Bird customers, but the bonus period ends soon!! Be sure to pay in full no later than Wednesday, June 1st to take advantage on these great mini plan options ...


WEEKENDER: Join Glads Nation and be there for all of the season’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games.


HALF SEASON: Join Glads Nation & be there for 18 of the season’s greatest games & the ECHL’s brightest stars!


TOP 10 PLAN: Join Glads Nation and be there for 10 of the season’s greatest games and the biggest promotions - always on a weekend day!


GAME OF THE MONTH: Join Glads Nation & be there for one action packed weekend night each month of the season!


FLEXBOOKS: Your schedule, your package. Join Glads Nation & choose what games to attend during the regular season - enjoy total flexibility plus Box Office savings!


PLUS...
purchase and pay in full for your Mini Plan before June 1st and you’ll enjoy special "Early Bird" perks: discounts on Weekender or Half Pricing or bonus game vouchers for Top 10, GOTM, and Flex plans!! Don’t miss out!!




Jersey Auction Starts Friday
Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Gladiators will begin their final Game Worn Jersey auction of the 2015-2016 season on Friday, May 13th as the team auctions off their "third" jersey - the popular G-Flame design online via Ebay. This will be the final chance to own a game worn G-Flame jersey as the team has retired the design.

One jersey auction will be live at a time, with each auction lasting 72 hours. Fans will have the option to pay to have their jersey shipped to them via USPS mail, or can pick the jersey up in-house at the Gladiators Main Office. Each winning bidder will be contacted by the Gladiators within one business day following the completion of their auction to coordinate pick-up/delivery of the jersey.

There are a limited number of jerseys available for the auction. Jerseys belonging to players on the current roster at the end of the 15-16 season have been autographed by the player. A certificate of authenticity for the jersey will be mailed to each winner (or available when you pick up your jersey.)

AVAILABLE JERSEYS:
Chris Auger
JT Barnett
Brad Barone
Ian Barteaux
Justin Buzzeo
Max Everson
Thomas Frazee
Matt Ginn
Brock Higgs
Mike Merrifield
David Morley
Tyler Murovich
Jimmy Murray
Garry Nunn
Tyler Shiplo
Matt Vidal

The Gladiators reserve the right to remove a jersey from the auction up until the point at which it’s auction goes live.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE GLADIATORS EBAY PAGE
Jerseys will populate on the page as they go live.






Glads Give Back Over $200k
Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators infused more than $200,000 worth of charitable contributions back into the Metro Atlanta community over the course of the 2015-2016 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

The Gladiators have multiple outlets through which they donate back to the community, including their Gladiators Fundraiser Program and the Gladiators Foundation for Kids, both of which allow the organization to donate actual dollars to schools, groups, and non-profits via fundraiser checks and grants. In 15-16, the team worked with over 50 schools and youth sports associations from Barrow, Cobb, Dawson, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Jackson, and Rockdale Counties.

Additionally, through their Pink in the Rink (PITR) Weekend, the team partners up with local non-profits providing cancer research and/or support to help them raise additional funds for their cause. Via PITR Voucher sales, pink Glads Gear sales made during the weekend, and funds raised by team for its annual Specialty Jersey Auction, this year’s PITR Weekend total came out to an amazing $46,140.00. The 15-16 Specialty Jersey - a combined Mardi Gras & Mobile Mystick Heritage design - raised the third highest amount ever reached in a Gladiators jersey auction.

"People not familiar with the generosity of our fans are always shocked at what we’re able to raise with our auctions," explained Gladiators Senior Director of Digital, Media, and Game Operations Christina Johnson. "Their initial mentality is that ’it’s just a minor league hockey player’s jersey,’ but our fans know it’s so much more.

Glads Nation has always gone above and beyond in their support of what we do, and bidding on a specialty jersey is a big moment," said Johnson. "I know we have fans that save all year long for the event. Are they saving specifically for a particular player’s jersey? Occasionally, but I also think it’s about being able to really make a contribution to our fundraising efforts. Pink in the Rink hits home for a lot of people."

With their in-season fan-based initiatives, the Gladiators were able to make significant non-monetary donations as well. Approximately 4,500 stuffed animals were collected in January during Teddy Bear Toss Night, 2,500 pounds of non-perishable food was collected at the Thanksgiving Night Food Drive, and over 450 items of clothing were collected in late December as part of the Winter Clothing Drive.

"We really view the Gladiators as a community asset and I think that these numbers prove that many people would agree with us," said Joe Gelderman, Gladiators General Manager and VP of Business Operations. "We are fortunate to have an ownership group that all believe very strongly in giving back. This is our community too. We live and work here just like our fans and we want the Metro Atlanta community to be the absolute best that it can be."

Amongst the groups the Gladiators worked with this season are The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, The Taylor Brooks Foundation, Impact Ministries, The Amanda Riley Foundation, Infinite Energy Center - Relay for Life Team, Northeast Georgia Medical Center, The Salvation Army, American Legion Post 251 - Duluth, Cure Childhood Cancer, Snack in a BackPack, Lift Up Atlanta, Gentle Interventions, St. Vincent DePaul of Metro Atlanta, Spectrum Autism Support of Gwinnett, Gwinnett County Schools Foundation, JM Tull YMCA, Annandale Village, Lilburn Cooperative Ministry, Lawrenceville Cooperative Ministry, SE Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, Duluth Cooperative Ministry, North Gwinnett Cooperative Ministry, The Quinn House, The Faith Project, Children’s Miracle Network, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

If your school or non-profit is interested in partnering with the Gladiators for a fundraiser during the 2016-2017 season, please contact the Gladiators Front Office at 770-497-5100.

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, Cooler Launch Yth Camp
Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators revealed that they have partnered with The Cooler in Alpharetta to launch their Youth Hockey Camp Program, the team announced on Tuesday.

The camp will run Monday, July 11th through Friday, July 15th with session times ranging from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM, offering young hockey players the chance to improve their game in a fast-paced, professional environment. The camp instructors - including Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt and Gladiators Team Captain & Atlanta Fire Director of Player Development Derek Nesbitt - recognize that the off-season presents the best opportunity for athletes to increase their strength and stamina, thus giving them a substantial edge over the competition.

"We’re excited to get the Gladiators & Cooler camp started," said Brandt. "There are a lot of young hockey players in the Metro Atlanta area and our hope is to help develop certain aspects of their game while having a week of fun."

The week-long camp will provide players with an opportunity to focus on refining their skills, both on and off the ice. Participating players will experience three separate segments of training, including two separate hours of on-ice work mixed with an hour of off-ice training focused on hockey specific coordination and cardio exercises as well as dryland stickhandling and shooting work.

The impetus behind launching the youth camp, besides helping local youth hockey players develop their skills, was to give back to the Metro Atlanta community that has always been so supportive of the Gladiators.

"We are really excited to be partnering with The Cooler in putting on this camp," said Gladiators VP and General Manager Joe Gelderman. "Our plan is to build off of this in the future by doing similar camps via partnerships with the many other local rinks in Metro Atlanta. Continuing to further ingrain ourselves in the local hockey community is a longstanding goal of the Gladiators, and one we take very seriously.

This camp provides a special opportunity for youth hockey players from all around the Atlanta area. It gives them a chance to learn both from the Gladiators and The Cooler’s experienced coaching staff, it gives them a chance to develop their skill set, and it gives them a chance to spend quality time with a few ’heroes’ that perhaps they’ve seen play in a Gladiators jersey."

Registrations are now open for camp, with sessions offered for the following age groups: Mite/Squirt, Peewee/Bantam, and Midget. Full camp information and online registration is available at atlantagladiators.com/hockeycamp. Questions can be directed to hockeycamps@atlantagladiators.com.

ABOUT THE COOLER:
Opened in October of 1997, The Cooler began as one of the largest skating facilities in Georgia. The Cooler established itself as an Alpharetta icon providing public skating, birthday parties and special events for area families and their children. The Cooler is located at 10800 Davis Drive, Alpharetta, GA 30009.

ABOUT THE 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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Wildcats Pump Up the Sound
Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators recently stopped by Big Creek Elementary School to present the school with a check for $1236. The school earned the money when their chorus performed God Bless America during first intermission of the February 6 game versus Brampton.

According to Jill Hackney, Chorus Teacher, the funds raised will be used to help purchase sound equipment for use in the music program.

If your school, 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.


16-17 Schedule Announced
Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators revealed the team’s 2016-2017 schedule on Thursday, with Opening Night set for Friday, October 14th, at 7:35 PM against the Toledo Walleye. The Gladiators will also face the Walleye the following evening at Infinite Energy Arena, with a start time of 7:05 PM.

The Gladiators will host 11 different teams over the course of their 36 home games from mid-October through mid-April, some of which include a first look at recent additions to the ECHL. The Tulsa Oilers (OK) and the Wichita Thunder (KS) began ECHL play during the 14-15 season, and will make their first trip to Duluth in January and November, respectively. Similarly, in October, Atlanta will make its first trip to Texas to take on the Allen Americans, who joined the league in 14-15 as well.

Also visiting the Infinite Energy Arena will be five teams very familiar to Gladiators fans. Division foes Greenville, South Carolina, Florida, and Orlando have multiple stints in town, as do the Norfolk Admirals. Fans should also recognize the Toledo Walleye and Elmira Jackals, both longtime ECHL member teams, and the Adirondack Thunder and Manchester Monarchs - both of whom made first visits to Duluth last season.

25 of the team’s 36 home games will fall on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, with six additional "holiday" games occurring when local children are out of school.

Fan favorite dates returning for the 16-17 season include the Gladiators annual Thanksgiving game (11/24 vs. Norfolk) and the MLK Jr. Holiday "Kids Day Out" game (1/16 vs. Norfolk @ 12:35 PM). Games occurring on Tuesday through Thursday, as well as Saturday, will continue to start at 7:05 PM. Friday home games have a 7:35 PM start time, and Sundays will remain at 2:05 PM.

A complete list of all 16-17 Gladiators home game dates will follow this press release.

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".

GLADIATORS HOCKEY 2016-2017 HOME SCHEDULE:
Toledo 10/14/2016
Toledo 10/15/2016
Wichita 10/26/2016
Elmira 11/4/2016
Orlando 11/5/2016
Florida 11/8/2016
Florida 11/11/2016
Norfolk 11/24/2016
Norfolk 11/25/2016
South Carolina 11/27/2016
Greenville 11/30/2016
Orlando 12/9/2016
Orlando 12/11/2016
Greenville 12/23/2016
South Carolina 12/27/2016
Florida 12/29/2016
Florida 12/30/2016
Tulsa 1/5/2017
Tulsa 1/6/2017
South Carolina 1/8/2017
Cincinnati 1/14/2017
Norfolk 1/16/2017
South Carolina 1/21/2017
Greenville 1/27/2017
Greenville 1/28/2017
Florida 2/3/2017
Florida 2/4/2017
Orlando 2/7/2017
Adirondack 2/17/2017
Adirondack 2/18/2017
South Carolina 3/10/2017
Greenville 3/11/2017
Greenville 3/12/2017
Florida 3/14/2017
South Carolina 4/5/2017
Greenville 4/8/2017

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Equipment Sale Was Monday
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

The Gladiators will hold their annual Equipment Sale on Monday, May 2nd from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. This year’s event will feature a more extensive selection of gear than in the past few years, including Gladiators Practice Jerseys! Simultaneously, the Glads Merchandise Department will hold their annual summer clearance sale. Fans who make a merchandise purchase will receive a free gift. (Limit one per customer, while supplies last.)

Available equipment items include:
  • Glads Practice Jerseys
  • Socks, helmets, gloves, pants, shin guards, new & used skates, shoulder pads, elbow pads, & visors
  • Goalie Gear (Pads, Gloves, Blockers, Chest Protectors)
  • 15-16 Player Locker Nameplates
  • Limited Supply of Sticks
  • Hockey Bags

    The sale will be held in the Gladiators Locker Room and fans are invited to park in back of the arena. Please enter the Infinite Energy Center complex from Satellite Boulevard and proceed behind the buildings, past the loading docks and down to where you’ll find other cars parked in back. Doors WILL NOT OPEN until 5:30 PM. Cash, check, or charge are welcome.

    The Gladiators reserve the right to adjust their equipment sale inventory in advance of the sale without notice. Some items are in short supply, and may go quickly.








  • 16-17 Mini Plans Now On Sale
    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    The Gladiators are already hard at work preparing for their 14th season of hockey in Metro Atlanta, and want YOU to be there for all the exciting action. If your schedule and/or budget doesn’t make sense for the big commitment of a Full Season Ticket plan, we invite you to consider one of our Mini Plan Options...


    WEEKENDER: Join Glads Nation and be there for all of the season’s Friday, Saturday, and Sunday games.


    HALF SEASON: Join Glads Nation & be there for 18 of the season’s greatest games & the ECHL’s brightest stars!


    TOP 10 PLAN: Join Glads Nation and be there for 10 of the season’s greatest games and the biggest promotions - always on a weekend day!


    GAME OF THE MONTH: Join Glads Nation & be there for one action packed weekend night each month of the season!


    FLEXBOOKS: Your schedule, your package. Join Glads Nation & choose what games to attend during the regular season - enjoy total flexibility plus Box Office savings!


    PLUS...
    purchase and pay in full for your Mini Plan before June 1st and you’ll enjoy special "Early Bird" perks: discounts on Weekender or Half Pricing or bonus game vouchers for Top 10, GOTM, and Flex plans!! Don’t miss out!!




    GDP Speaks With Coach Brandt
    Monday, April 18, 2016

    It all turned on a seven-game stretch. The promise, the expectation and, ultimately, the Atlanta Gladiators' season, met its demise over 12 days in early March. The Gladiators' offense evaporated and they plummeted out of a playoff spot.Atlanta wasn't officially eliminated until almost a month later, but that seven-game losing skid was too much to overcome. The Gladiators were a .500 team from there out and several other teams made a better push down the stretch to claim the conference's final playoff berths."In the month of March, we had 12 games ...CONTINUE READING This story originally appeared in the Sunday, April 17th edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post.