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Frazee, McEachen Back in ATL
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Forward Thomas Frazee and Defenseman Patrick McEachen have agreed to terms with the Gladiators for the 2016-2017 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

Frazee, 26, returns to the Gladiators for his second season with the team. Appearing in 71 games with Atlanta in 2015-2016, the North Vancouver, British Columbia native notched 16 goals and 31 assists for 47 total points. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound forward finished the season ranked second on the team in points (47). Prior to joining the Gladiators last summer, Frazee spent time with the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers during the 2014-2015 season.

"Thomas had a very solid season for us last year," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "What stands out for me is that we were able to use him in several different roles. He showed us his versatility as a player, and his ability to play successfully in various scenarios.

"For him, it was about having the opportunity to contribute. We provided that, and Thomas made the most of it."

Patrick McEachen (pronounced mick-KEY-an), 25, returns to the Gladiators lineup after joining the team in February 2015 via trade with the Florida Everblades. The Stouffville, Ontario native went on to appear in 10 contests with Atlanta, earning two total points and eight penalty minutes. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound defenseman elected to play in Europe for the 2015-2016 season, signing with Rapaces de Gap (FRA) of the Ligue Magnus. In 24 games played in France, McEachen notched 2 goals and 12 assists for 14 total points.

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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Max to Party with Chopper SAT
Thursday, August 18, 2016

Everyone’s favorite lovable lion will be at Coolray Field Saturday to help his old buddy Chopper celebrate his 8th Birthday. (Eight years? Max isn’t sure if he has enough candles for the cake!!) It’ll be Mascot Mayhem on the baseball diamond that night featuring all sorts of crazy furry hi-jinks!

The game starts at 7:05, 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 2016-2017 Season. Plus - make sure you stop by for a special chance to win a Glads Gift!!



Higgs, McKay Agree to Terms
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators have agreed to terms with forwards Brock Higgs and Austin McKay for the 2016-2017 season, the team announced on Tuesday.

Higgs, 24, returns to the Gladiators for his third season with the team. Appearing in 69 games with Atlanta in 2015-2016, the Kingston, Ontario native notched 20 goals and 22 assists for 42 total points. The 5-foot-11, 187-pound forward ranked second on the team in goals (20) and fourth on the team in penalty minutes (63). Prior to turning pro in 2014, Higgs played four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, serving as team captain in his senior season.

"Higgsy brings a compete level and energy to the team that lends itself to playing in every situation," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "He’s a power play guy, he’s a penalty kill guy, he’s a five-on-five guy. He’s someone we can trust and rely on to go out there and provide leadership in those scenarios."

Austin McKay’s rights were acquired by the Gladiators from the Brampton Beast in June to complete a December 2015 trade. McKay, who wrapped up a four year collegiate career with the Lake Superior State Lakers earlier this spring, appeared in two games with the Brampton Beast at the end of the 2015-2016 season. In 103 games with the Lakers, the 6-foot-5, 220-pound Toronto native scored eight goals and five assists and was named team captain in his senior season. The 25-year-old was also selected as Lake Superior State’s 2016 Jim Howie Unsung Hero.

"Austin is a kid that we think will add depth for us in a lot of different areas," said Brandt. "He does all of the little things right on the ice. He’s a big net front presence, with his size, and he’s defensively reliable."

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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Navin Returns, Brooks Signs
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Forwards Brad Navin and Kenny Brooks have agreed to terms for the upcoming season, the Atlanta Gladiators announced on Wednesday.

Navin, 24, returns to the Gladiators after spending the 2015-16 season with the team, appearing in 47 games with Atlanta. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound forward joined the organization after a successful four-year collegiate career with the NCAA’s University of Wisconsin. Drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the seventh round, 197th overall, in the 2011 NHL entry draft, the Waupaca, WI native served as Team Captain during his senior season with the Badgers.

On the decision to return to the Gladiators, Navin said, "Brando [Head Coach Andy Brandt] is a great ’players coach.’ He knows the game inside and out, and I learned a lot from him all season long. I’m looking forward to coming back feeling more confident as a 2nd year player and contributing to the team’s success."

Kenny Brooks comes to the Gladiators from the Penn State Nittany Lions hockey program. The Las Vegas, NV native registered career highs during his senior season in 15-16, notching eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 38 games played. The 6-foot-1 forward amassed 14 goals and 34 assists for 48 total points in 120 games as a Nittany Lion.

"Kenny was on our radar last year as someone who had a big senior season," said Brandt. "He’s described as a strong power forward that gets up and down the wing and can skate well with a good shot. If given the opportunity, he can put up some points, and you saw that in his senior season at Penn State.

"He shoots the puck well, he plays a heavy game, he’s physical and he finishes his hits. We look for Kenny to come in and provide depth and provide energy for us."

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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Education Day & Date Change
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators unveiled their new Education Day program on Tuesday, while simultaneously announcing a rescheduled late-October home game.

In order to accommodate various Metro Atlanta school system schedules, thus allowing classrooms to attend Education Day, the Gladiators have moved the Wednesday, October 26th home game against the Wichita Thunder to Thursday, October 27th at 10:05 AM. This marks the first time in organizational history that the team will play a morning game at home. Gladiators Full and Half Season ticket holders who are unable to make the early start time can exchange their tickets for any other regular season home game of their choosing, eschewing the typical "Never a Wasted Ticket" restrictions.

The Gladiators are partnering with Georgia United Credit Union and the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center for their first Education Day, and worked over the summer to create a hockey and Georgia Standards of Excellence-based curriculum for participating schools. The curriculum will allow teachers to work with their students in advance of the event by teaching not only the basic principles of the game, but also how traditional subjects like mathmetics, science, and language arts are used daily in the hockey world. The packet also includes the history of the league and of the team, geography-based lessons, and a physical education blueprint for getting schoolchildren engaged in the on-ice (or on-field) action.

On the morning of October 27th, the Gladiators will follow STEM education principles to create and feature in-game elements that further educate the students in attendance. With the team utilizing engaging and informative videos as well as interactive elements, the students will find themselves in an immersive experience full of on- and off-ice action and learning. The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will also be on hand with their "Maximus’ Forest Friends" exhibit. Maximus, the Gladiators mascot, will interact with the students as they take a break from the hockey and tour the exhibit to learn about the many animals native to Georgia’s forests.

"We are thrilled to provide this educational opportunity for the students of Metro Atlanta," said Gladiators Vice President & General Manager of Business Operations Joe Gelderman. "Our staff has worked closely with administrators and teachers from four different area school systems to put together a plan and curriculum that we feel will be a uniquely interactive and educational field trip. The goal is to create a stimulating experience that students won’t soon forget by turning our arena into the largest classroom in the state."

Schools and/or teachers who are interested in participating in the Gladiators Education Day are encouraged to contact Clyde Patterson in the Gladiators Front Office at 770-497-5102.

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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Atkinson, Bolton Sign On
Thursday, August 04, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Thursday that defensemen Josh Atkinson and Jacob Bolton have agreed to terms with the organization for the 2016-2017 season.

Atkinson joined the Gladiators in late March from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The 6-foot, 186-pound defenseman appeared in five games with Atlanta, notching two assists. In his senior year with the UAF Nanooks, Atkinson led the defensive corps with 13 assists and a total 16 points. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native also ranked fifth overall in team scoring and first in penalty minutes with 82 on the year.

"Josh came in and made an impression right away," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "He’s a good defender, he’s strong on the puck, and he competes hard. He’s great in his own end, and we’re glad to have him back on board for this season."

Having completed a four-year NCAA career at Holy Cross College, Jacob Bolton also joined the Gladiators back in March. The 6-foot-2, 212-pound defenseman earned three points (one goal, two assists) in seven games with Atlanta. Prior to turning pro, Bolton set career highs in his senior season at Holy Cross in assists with 17 and a plus/minus rating of +17, along with tallying 18 overall points.

"Jacob is a guy that can play in all situations," said Brandt. "He’s extremely patient when it comes to keeping guys outside, and he has a lot of the tools you look for in a solid defenseman.

"For us, we just want to hone in on his strengths and help him decide what kind of player he wants to be. "

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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Oystrick Named Asst. Coach
Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Atlanta Gladiators announced the hiring of Nathan Oystrick as the fifth assistant coach in team history on Saturday.

Oystrick joins the coaching staff after spending last season as a player assistant coach for the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. In 43 games played, the defenseman tallied 3 goals and 15 assists for a total 18 points while Elmira finished the season with a 37-30-0-3 record.

Prior to joining the Jackals, the Regina, Saskatchewan native spent a decade playing in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, and the Kontinental Hockey League based out of Russia. Oystrick was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with 53 of his 65 games played in the NHL occurring in 2008-2009 with the Thrashers. The defenseman also spent time with the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.

"The fact that Nathan has played at the highest levels of hockey throughout his career is extremely beneficial to our organization and our players," said Gladiators Head Coach Andy Brandt. "He not only knows what it takes to get there, but in doing so himself has acquired a wealth of knowledge from the different coaches and experiences he has encountered along the way."

Beyond his time in the NHL, Oystrick appeared in 338 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen, Portland Pirates, and Springfield Falcons. In addition to being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2006-2007 and AHL All-Star Game in 2010-2011, he won the AHL’s Calder Cup Championship with the Chicago Wolves in 2007-2008.

"Right from the start, Nathan and I had good conversations on the phone," offered Brandt. "We talked about everything from his playing career to the systems we thought worked best to players that might be a good fit.

"It’s a given that he will be working with our defensemen, but not only will he help them with their individual skills on and off the ice, but also with their decision making skills in both scenarios. This hiring is a solid addition to our organization."

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 Featured in NHL17
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

In a special video released Tuesday showcasing their new HUT Synergy system, EA SPORTS NHL chose to feature the Gladiators. In a clip placed at the begining of the video, members of last season’s Gladiators squad - including goaltender Matt Ginn and defenseman & Alternate Captain Joe Stejskal - can be seen playing in a game against former Atlanta Thrasher Ilya Kovalchuk.

Click below to watch the video:







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!