The Atlanta Gladiators announced today that defenseman Josh Atkinson and the team have agreed to terms on a standard professional contract. Atkinson, 23, joins the Gladiators after concluding his four-year collegiate career at the NCAA’s University of Alaska-Fairbanks earlier this month. The 6-foot, 186-pound defender led the Nanooks defensive corp during his senior campaign with 13 assists and 16 points. Atkinson also ranked fifth overall in team scoring and first in penalty minutes with 82 this season. The Spruce Grove, AB native compiled career totals of eight goals, 40 assists and a plus/minus rating of plus-15 in 144 games for UAF. Atkinson arrived in Duluth today and has joined the Gladiators in advance of their three game road trip this week starting in Charleston, SC tomorrow evening. The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is ongoing at the Infinite Energy Arena. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Wednesday, April 6th 2016 at 7:05 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 . -###-Photo: Paul McCarthy
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