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Atlanta Gladiators
2017–18 ECHL season
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City Duluth, Georgia
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division South
Founded 1995
Home arena Infinite Energy Arena
Colors Garnet, gold, black, white
                   
Owner(s) Gwinnett County Hockey, LLC[1]
General manager Chuck Weber
Head coach Chuck Weber
Affiliates Boston Bruins (NHL)
Providence Bruins (AHL)
Website www.atlantagladiators.com
Franchise history
1995–2002 Mobile Mysticks
2003–2015 Gwinnett Gladiators
2015–present Atlanta Gladiators
Championships
Division Championships 3 (2005–06, 2011–12, 2012–13)
Conference Championships 1 (2005–06)

The Atlanta Gladiators are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Duluth, Georgia (in the Atlanta metropolitan area). The Gladiators play in the South Division of the ECHL's Eastern Conference. The Gladiators play their home games at the Infinite Energy Arena.

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 12 seasons of play as the Gladiators. They were the South Division and American Conference champions in 2006, falling one game to four to the Alaska Aces in the finals.

On August 6, 2015, the Gladiators announced a two-year affiliation deal with the Boston Bruins and their AHL affiliate the Providence Bruins.[2] On September 9, 2015, the Gladiators announced they were changing their name from the Gwinnett Gladiators to the Atlanta Gladiators.[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[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.

Original Gwinnett Gladiators logo, used from 2003 until 2015.

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]

Emmett was relieved of his duties as head coach on December 2, 2014. At the time, assistant coach, and former Gladiator captain, Andy Brandt was named the interim head coach.[7] Brandt would remain the interim head coach through the remainder of the 2014–15 season before being named to head coach on March 21, 2015.[8] Former Valpellice Bulldogs head coach Mike Flanagan also joined the coaching staff in December 2014, serving as the team's assistant coach.[9]

Rebranding as Atlanta Gladiators[edit]

On September 9, 2015, the Gladiators organization announced that they would be known as the Atlanta Gladiators to expand their brand to include the entire Atlanta metropolitan area.[10] As part of the name change, the Gladiators updated their “primary” and “wordmark” logos to reflect the Atlanta designation. The rest of the Gladiators logos remained the same, as did the team colors.

After two seasons as head coach, Andy Brandt left to take the associate coaching position with St. Norbert College in 2017. The Gladiators would then hire two-time Kelly Cup winning coach Chuck Weber as his replacement.[11]

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 ended their affiliation with the franchise. 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.[12][13]

On August 17, 2011, the Gladiators announced their affiliation with the Phoenix Coyotes and the Portland Pirates for the 2011–12 season.[14] They later announced an affiliation agreement with the Buffalo Sabres, and their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans.[15] That affiliation lapsed at the end of the 2011–12 season, leaving the Gladiators affiliated exclusively with Phoenix for the 2012–13 season.[16] The Gladiators would carry that affiliation through the end of the 2014-2015 season.

On August 6, 2015, the Gladiators announced a two-year affiliation deal with the Boston Bruins and their AHL affiliate the Providence Bruins.[2] In February 2017, the Gladiators and Bruins extended their affiliation for another two seasons.[17]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Regular Season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Year Wild Card Round
Conf. 1st round (2006–08)§
1st round
Conf. Quarterfinals
2nd round
Conf. Semifinals
3rd round
Conf. Finals
Kelly Cup
2003–04 72 42 22 0 8 92 248 193 3rd, Central 2004 No WC game in Western Conf. W, 3–2, MIS W, 3–1, LOU L, 1–3, IDA
2004–05 72 40 24 1 7 88 241 202 3rd, South 2005 W, 3–1, MIS L, 1–3, CHR
2005–06 72 50 15 0 7 107 304 208 1st, South 2006 BYE W, 3—0, SC W, 3—1, FLA W, 4—1, TOL L, 1—4, AK
2006–07 72 41 24 5 2 89 289 256 3rd, South 2007 BYE L, 1—3, TX
2007–08 72 44 23 2 3 93 247 198 3rd, South 2008 W, 3–0, CHR L, 2–3, SC
2008–09 72 31 35 1 5 68 214 246 4th, South 2009 L, 1–4, FLA
2009–10 72 31 33 5 3 70 243 277 4th, South 2010 Did not qualify
2010–11 72 30 34 3 5 68 203 250 4th, South 2011 Did not qualify
2011–12 72 41 20 7 4 93 214 200 1st, South 2012 L, 1–3, SC
2012–13 72 43 26 2 1 89 211 191 1st, South 2013 W, 4–0, SC L, 2–4, CIN
2013–14 72 29 38 3 2 63 203 227 5th, South 2014 Did not qualify
2014–15 72 20 45 3 4 47 174 263 7th, East 2015 Did not qualify
2015–16 72 34 31 5 2 75 189 224 4th, South 2016 Did not qualify
2016–17 72 27 37 6 2 62 234 278 6th, South 2017 Did not qualify

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 19, 2017.[18][19]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Canada Carlson, CodyCody Carlson D R 26 2017 Victoria, British Columbia Gladiators
Canada D'Amico, PatrickPatrick D'Amico C L 22 2017 Winnipeg, Manitoba Gladiators
United States Danford, BenBen Danford D R 28 2017 Stillwater, Minnesota Gladiators
21 United States Gacek, AlexAlex Gacek RW R 24 2017 Dracut, Massachusetts Gladiators
28 United States Jacobs, ColinColin Jacobs C R 24 2016 Coppell, Texas Gladiators
United States Lane, PhilPhil Lane RW R 25 2017 Rochester, New York Gladiators
United States Malatesta, ZacharyZachary Malatesta D L 21 2017 Boston, Massachusetts Gladiators
17 Canada Nesbitt, DerekDerek Nesbitt (C) RW L 35 2015 Egmondville, Ontario Gladiators
United States Pond, TannerTanner Pond F L 24 2017 Walled Lake, Michigan Gladiators
25 Canada Reum, DaltonDalton Reum D R 25 2016 Camrose, Alberta Gladiators
United States Sandler, LukeLuke Sandler LW L 24 2017 Chicago, Illinois Gladiators
10 United States Sullivan, ColinColin Sullivan D R 24 2017 Milford, Connecticut Gladiators
Canada Todd, NathanNathan Todd C L 21 2017 Kemptville, Ontario Gladiators
Canada Witala, ChaseChase Witala LW L 22 2017 Prince George, British Columbia Gladiators

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Atlanta Gladiators ownership
  2. ^ a b "Bruins and Gwinnett Gladiators Enter into ECHL Affiliation Relationship". Boston Bruins. August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 6, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Glads Become ATL Gladiators". AtlantaGladiators.com. Atlanta Gladiators. September 9, 2015. Archived from the original on September 14, 2015. Retrieved September 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Press release (July 13, 2011). "Gwinnett's Pyle named head coach of AHL's Texas Stars". ECHL. Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. 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. ^ "Official Website - Gwinnett Gladiators". www.atlantagladiators.com. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  8. ^ "Official Website - Gwinnett Gladiators". www.atlantagladiators.com. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  9. ^ "Official Website - Gwinnett Gladiators". www.atlantagladiators.com. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  10. ^ "Official Website - Atlanta Gladiators". www.atlantagladiators.com. Archived from the original on 2015-09-14. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  11. ^ "Atlanta Gladiators name Chuck Weber head coach". axs.com. August 25, 2017. 
  12. ^ Michael Wagner (December 28, 2008). "Chicago Blackhawks Name Gwinnett Gladiators Their New ECHL Affiliate". bleacherreport.com. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  13. ^ Bart Logan (August 25, 2009). "Blue Jackets & Gladiators Become ECHL affiliates". firethecannon.com. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ Press release (August 17, 2011). "Glads sign affiliation agreement with Phoenix". Gwinnett Gladiators. Retrieved August 17, 2011. 
  15. ^ Press Release (September 20, 2011). "Second Affiliate Added". Gwinnett Gladiators. Retrieved September 20, 2011. 
  16. ^ Press release (August 7, 2012). "Glads back with Phoenix". Gwinnett Gladiators. Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Gladiators Extend Affiliation Agreement with Boston Bruins". Atlanta Gladiators. February 15, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Official Site - Atlanta Gladiators: Team Roster". 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  19. ^ "Atlanta Gladiators Roster". Elite Prospects. 2016-07-14. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 

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