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Gladiators Bolster D-Core with Signing of Two Rookies

Wednesday, March 21st
Gladiators Bolster D-Core with Signing of Two Rookies

DULUTH, Ga. – The Atlanta Gladiators announced Wednesday that they have signed rookie defensemen Joe Gatenby and Jack Stander.

Gatenby, 20, just completed a five-year Major Junior career in the WHL. The Kelowna, BC native joins Atlanta after setting career-highs this season in goals (13), assists (46) and points (59) while also earning a plus-13 rating in 72 games for the Kamloops Blazers. In 317 WHL contests for Kelowna and Kamloops, the 6-foot, 192-pound defender posted 141 points (25-116-141) and a plus-84 rating. Gatenby also has accumulated five points (2-3-5) in 58 WHL playoff games including helping the Rockets win the WHL Championship and a Memorial Cup appearance in 2014-15.

Stander, 23, recently finished a four-year college stint at the NCAA’s Canisius College. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound D-man netted a career high in goals with three along with 10 points in 37 games during his senior season this year. The Grosse Pointe Woods, MI native registered 29 points (6-23-29) in 137 career games for the Golden Griffins. Prior to his collegiate career, Stander skated in 55 USHL games for the Sioux Falls Stampede where he engineered nine points (1-8-9).

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The Atlanta Gladiators 15th Anniversary season continues at the Infinite Energy Arena Wednesday March 28th against the Kalamazoo Wings 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 10,867-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.

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