Schell called up by Chicago

Center Brad Schell, in his second year as a professional, received his first call-up to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Saturday.

Under contract with Atlanta, Schell has spent the whole of his pro career playing for the Thrashers' ECHL affiliate in Gwinnett.

Schell has already nearly matched his goal total from last year (14) in just 28 games. The 21-year-old has 12 goals and 29 points so far this season.

He picked up three of those goals in one night, posting his first pro hat trick in a 6-3 win over Toledo on Dec. 17. The Scott, Saskatchewan, native also tied the Gladiators' record for most assists in a single game this season with four on Nov. 15.

Last year, Schell appeared in all 72 regular season games for Gwinnett recording 53 points.

Schell departed for Chicago Saturday morning after the Gladiators got back from their road trip to Pensacola. The Wolves were home against Iowa on Saturday night.

Note: Another Thrashers' contracted player, forward Guillaume Desbiens, was a runner-up in the ECHL's December Rookie of the Month voting released on Saturday. The Gladiators' winger had 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 15 games. Las Vegas' 22-year-old goaltender Mike McKenna won the award.