Gwinnett Gladiators

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Gwinnett Gladiators
2014–15 ECHL season
City Duluth, Georgia
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division East
Founded 1995
Home arena Arena at Gwinnett Center

Brick, black, bronze, white

General manager Steve Chapman
Head coach Rick Emmett
Affiliates Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Portland Pirates (AHL)
Franchise history
1995–2002 Mobile Mysticks
2003–present Gwinnett Gladiators
Division Championships 3 (2005–06, 2011–12, 2012–13)
Conference Championships 1 (2005–06)

The Gwinnett Gladiators are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Duluth, Georgia. The Gladiators play in the East Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. The Gladiators play their home games at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The franchise originated as the Mobile Mysticks in 1995. The team suspended operations in 2002 and moved to Duluth in 2003. They have qualified for the Kelly Cup playoffs for 9 out of their 11 seasons of play as the Gladiators. They were the South Division and Eastern Conference champions in 2006, falling one game to four to the Alaska Aces in the finals.

The Gladiators announced their affiliation with the NHL's Arizona Coyotes and their AHL affiliate Portland Pirates on August 17, 2011.[1] They later announced an affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres, and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.[2] The Gladiators renewed their affiliation with Phoenix for the 2012–13 season, but did not continue their secondary affiliation with Buffalo.[3]



Main article: Mobile Mysticks

The franchise originated as the Mobile Mysticks who played in Mobile, Alabama from 1995 to 2002. It suspended operations in 2002 due to declining attendance.

Birth of the Gladiators (Jeff Pyle, 2003–11)[edit]

The franchise moved to Gwinnett County in 2003 and was rebranded the Gladiators. Jeff Pyle—who served as the team's head coach starting in 1998, when they were still the Mysticks—remained with the franchise.

The Gladiators made an appearance in the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals, losing to the Alaska Aces in five games.

New blood (John Wroblewski, 2011–2013)[edit]

On July 13, 2011, Pyle was named head coach of the American Hockey League's Texas Stars.[4] The Gladiators announced on August 3, 2011, that John Wroblewski, former assistant coach for the Wheeling Nailers, had been selected to take Pyle's place as the team's head coach. The Gladiators won the ECHL South Division in the two years of Wrobelski's tenure.[5]

On August 7, 2013, Wroblewski was hired by the AHL's Rochester Americans as an assistant coach. Rick Emmett, a former defenseman for the Gladiators, took over as head coach.[6]


The Gladiators served as the ECHL affiliate of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers and their AHL affiliate Chicago Wolves from their inception in 2003 until 2011, when the Thrashers franchise moved to Winnipeg and the Gladiators left the organization. The team also served as an affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2008–09 season and for the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2009–10 season.[7][8]

On August 17, 2011, the Gladiators announced their affiliation with the Phoenix Coyotes and the Portland Pirates for the 2011–12 season.[1] They later announced an affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres, and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.[2] That affiliation lapsed at the end of the 2011–12 season, leaving the Gladiators affiliated exclusively with Phoenix for the 2012–13 season.[3]

Recent seasons[edit]

This is a partial list of the last six seasons completed by the Gladiators. For the full season-by-season history, see List of Gwinnett Gladiators seasons.

Regular season[edit]

Season Games Won Lost Tied OTL SOL Points Goals
2007–08 72 44 23 2 3 93 247 198 3rd, South
2008–09 72 31 35 1 5 68 214 246 4th, South
2009–10 72 31 33 5 3 70 243 277 4th, South
2010–11 72 30 34 3 5 68 203 250 4th, South
2011–12 72 41 20 7 4 93 214 200 1st, South
2012–13 72 43 26 2 1 89 211 191 1st, South
2013–14 72 29 38 3 2 63 203 227 5th, South


Season Prelim 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2007–08 W, 3–0, CHR L, 2–3, SC
2008–09 L, 1–4, FLA
2009–10 Out of playoffs
2010–11 Out of playoffs
2011–12 L, 1–3, SC
2012–13 W, 4–0, SC L, 2–4, CIN
2013–14 Out of playoffs

Current roster[edit]

Updated October 1, 2014.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Canada Abney, CameronCameron Abney C R 23 2014 Aldergrove, British Columbia Gladiators
United States Berkstresser, SeanSean Berkstresser F L 32 2014 Apollo, Pennsylvania Gladiators
Canada Bidlevskii, ArtArt Bidlevskii D L 23 2014 Kelowna, British Columbia Gladiators
Canada Burns, NathanNathan Burns C L 21 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Gladiators
Canada Cameron, RandyRandy Cameron C R 26 2014 Cornwall, Prince Edward Island Gladiators
United States DeHart, TonyTony DeHart D R 24 2014 Ballwin, Missouri Gladiators
United States Descoteaux, NolanNolan Descoteaux D L 25 2014 Dallas, Texas Gladiators
United States Dolan, BoBo Dolan D R 24 2014 St. Paul, Minnesota Gladiators
3 United States Everson, MarshallMarshall Everson LW L 24 2013 Edina, Minnesota Gladiators
United States Frederick, WillWill Frederick F R 26 2014 Allison Park, Pennsylvania Gladiators
37 United States Guggenberger, MarkMark Guggenberger G R 26 2014 Richfield, Minnesota Gladiators
24 Canada Hughes, BobbyBobby Hughes C L 27 2013 Richmond Hill, Ontario Gladiators
United States Llewellyn, TristinTristin Llewellyn D L 25 2014 Ann Arbour, Michigan Gladiators
23 United States Merrifield, MikeMike Merrifield F L 25 2014 Beverly Hills, Michigan Gladiators
United States Perdicaro, AnthonyAnthony Perdicaro C L 25 2014 East Rockaway, New York Gladiators
17 Canada Pierro-Zabotel, CaseyCasey Pierro-Zabotel C L 26 2014 Kamloops, British Columbia Gladiators
25 Israel Spivak, DanielDaniel Spivak D L 26 2013 Netanya, Israel Gladiators
Canada Stamler, BrettonBretton Stamler D R 27 2014 Edmonton, Alberta Gladiators
United States Stejskal, JoeJoe Stejskal D R 26 2014 Grand Rapids, Minnesota Gladiators
19 Canada Walker, BrendenBrenden Walker RW R 22 2013 Ste. Anne, Manitoba Gladiators
Title Staff member
Head coach Rick Emmett
Athletic trainer Danielle Ellis
Equipment manager Dakota King

Memorable players[edit]

Gwinnett Gladiators vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots

Played In NHL[edit]


  1. ^ a b Press release (August 17, 2011). "Glads sign affiliation agreement with Phoenix". Gwinnett Gladiators. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Press Release (September 20, 2011). "Second Affiliate Added". Gwinnett Gladiators. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Press release (August 7, 2012). "Glads back with Phoenix". Gwinnett Gladiators. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  4. ^ Press release (July 13, 2011). "Gwinnett's Pyle named head coach of AHL's Texas Stars". ECHL. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  5. ^ Press release (August 3, 2011). "Wroblewski named Gladiators head coach". ECHL. Retrieved August 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Emmett Named Head Coach". Gwinnett Gladiators. August 7, 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ Michael Wagner (December 28, 2008). "Chicago Blackhawks Name Gwinnett Gladiators Their New ECHL Affiliate". Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bart Logan (August 25, 2009). "Blue Jackets & Gladiators Become ECHL affiliates". Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Official Site - Gwinnett Gladiators: Team Roster". Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

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