Gwinnett Gladiators

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Gwinnett Gladiators
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City Duluth, Georgia
League ECHL
Conference Eastern Conference
Division South Division
Founded 1995
Home arena Arena at Gwinnett Center
Colors

Brick, black, bronze, white

                   
General manager Steve Chapman
Head coach Rick Emmett
Affiliates Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)
Portland Pirates (AHL)
Website www.gwinnettgladiators.com
Franchise history
1995–2002 Mobile Mysticks
2003–present Gwinnett Gladiators
Championships
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 South 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 six out of their eight 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 Phoenix 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]

History[edit]

Inception[edit]

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]

Affiliations[edit]

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
for
Goals
against
Standing
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

Playoffs[edit]

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

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 28, 2013.[9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Canada Bartliff, KurtisKurtis Bartliff LW L 24 2013 Clinton, Ontario Gladiators
10 Canada Bloodoff, EvanEvan Bloodoff LW L 23 2012 Nelson, British Columbia Gladiators
Canada Krogh, DevonDevon Krogh D R 24 2013 North Vancouver, British Columbia Gladiators
United States Lee, C.J.C.J. Lee F R 24 2013 Staten Island, New York Gladiators
Canada Malouin, JérémieJérémie Malouin LW L 22 2013 Granby, Quebec Gladiators
24 Canada Narbonne, JonathanJonathan Narbonne D R 21 2013 Laval, Quebec Gladiators
Canada Southern, DirkDirk Southern C R 30 2013 Winnipeg, Manitoba Gladiators
Staff
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]

References[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". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bart Logan (August 25, 2009). "Blue Jackets & Gladiators Become ECHL affiliates". firethecannon.com. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Official Site - Gwinnett Gladiators: Team Roster". Retrieved October 12, 2012. 

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