Gladiators' Gajic earns ECHL weekly honor

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators' forward Milan Gajic was named the ECHL Player of the Week for his performance Jan. 9-15.

Gajic is the third Gladiator to receive the honor this season, joining Guillaume Desbiens and Pascal Pelletier, who won it in back-to-back weeks in December.

Gajic played a big role in helping Gwinnett go 2-1-1 last week. His eight assists and one goal went a long way to keeping the Gladiators (22-8-5) in second place in the South Division.

Drafted by the Thrashers in 2001 and under contract to Providence of the American Hockey League, Gajic began the week by registering an assist and scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win at Greenville on Jan. 10.

In the second game at Greenville on Thursday, the 24-year-old picked up three assists in a 5-4 shootout loss and added another assist at home in a 4-1 loss over the Grrrowl on Friday. He closed out the week with three assists in a 5-3 win against Charlotte on Saturday.

The 6-foot, 180-pound forward continued to make noise, scoring a pair of goals on Monday to extend his scoring streak to six games.

Gajic has scored in 11 of his last 13 games, including eight multiple-point games, and he has 22 points since being assigned to the team on Dec. 26 from Providence of the AHL, where he had one assist in 13 games.

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Gajic spent four years at the University of Michigan where he scored 115 points in 159 games and helped the Wolverines win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship and advance to the Frozen Four in 2001-02 and 2002-03.

On behalf of Gajic, a case of pucks will be donated to a Gwinnett area youth hockey organization by In Glas Co, the exclusive puck supplier for the ECHL.

The Gladiators play twice before taking a break for the All-Star Game. Gwinnett is at Greenville on Friday and Pensacola on Saturday. The All-Star festivities are Jan. 24-25 in Fresno, Calif.