The Atlanta Gladiators announced Thursday that they have traded goaltender Jay Williams to the Orlando Solar Bears for forward Connor Gaarder.
Gaarder, 25, joins the Gladiators after scoring two goals in seven games for the ECHL's Orlando Solar Bears this season. The Edina, MN native began the year with Lausitzer Fuchse of the DEL2 (German second league) and managed two goals in six games played. The University of North Dakota standout registered 58 points in 151 games played during his four year NCAA collegiate career. The 5-foot-10, 194-pound winger earned his best season with the Fighting Hawks during his senior campaign amassing 20 points in 42 games. Last season Gaarder notched 36 points in 45 games for Frisk Asker of the Norwegian Professional League in his first year of pro hockey. The Atlanta Gladiators 14th season continues at the Infinite Energy Arena on Saturday, January 14th against the Cincinnati Cyclones 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". -###-