Milam returns to Gwinnett

Troy Milam, an ECHL All-Star defenseman for Gwinnett in 2003-04, was assigned to the Gladiators by their American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago today. Milam, a talented 6-foot blueliner, began his professional career in Gwinnett and represented the team in the All-Star Game, recording a goal and an assist. He had six goals and 27 assists for the Gladiators before being called up to the AHL and appearing in 20 games with Manchester and San Antonio. Milam split last season between ECHL Reading and Manchester. The Lake Orion, Mich., native had 14 points in 42 games with the Monarchs and 10 assists in 19 games with Reading last year. Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said at the start of training camp last Friday he was still looking for a couple players, perhaps via assignments from the Wolves. Pyle specifically mentioned wanted at least one more defenseman and Milam certainly fills that need. "I talked to Troy and I know he's going to be getting call-ups this season," Pyle said. "He took it real well. It's kind of numbers game (Chicago has 10 defensemen on the roster) and he said, 'I'd rather be playing than sitting.' "And we get a power play guy with the experience in the AHL. It just adds to what we have. We've got a good group of kids." - Christine Troyke