DULUTH, Ga. – The Atlanta Gladiators announced on Thursday that the Boston Bruins have recalled forward Joona Koppanen from his loan to the Providence Bruins, and the team has signed forward Justin Greenberg to a standard professional contract.
Koppanen, 20, has appeared in seven games for the Gladiators and notched one assist this season. The native of Finland returns to the AHL where he registered two goals in 10 games for the P-Bruins at the end of last year. The 6-foot-5, 192-pound forward has spent his whole career prior to coming over to North America last season in various levels of professional and junior hockey in Finland.
Greenberg, 24, returns to Atlanta after attending training camp with the team. The Dallas, TX native leads the SPHL in scoring so far this season with 10 points (5g, 5a) in five games for the Peoria Rivermen. The 5-foot-8, 172-pound forward totaled 36 points (12g, 24a) in 35 games last season with Peoria. Prior to turning pro at the start of the 2017-18 season, the second-year pro amassed 29 points (6g, 23a) in 127 games at the University of Miami (Ohio). Greenberg helped the NAHL’s Texas Tornado to the Robertson Cup Championship in 2011-12. He is expected to make his ECHL debut tomorrow in Norfolk, VA and will wear #22 for the Glads.
The 16th season of Atlanta Gladiators hockey continues at the Infinite Energy Arena Friday, November 16th against the Norfolk Admirals 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.
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