One day after announcing their first player signing of the offseason, the Gwinnett Gladiators released the second.
The Gladiators have agreed to terms with rookie forward Jeff Prough, who may be a little familiar to fans since he played nine games for the Florida Everblades at the end of last season.
"He's got good skill, he's a good skater and will work hard," Gwinnett head coach Jeff Pyle said.
Pyle also said he traded defenseman Dinos Stamoulis to Reading for financial compensation Thursday. Stamoulis was a rookie with the Gladiators last season and played all 72 games. A native of New York, Stamoulis also played in seven of Gwinnett's eight playoff games.
Pyle is expecting to have surfeit of defensemen next season and Stamoulis, who went to Providence College, was interested in going back up North.
"We've got a ton of D," Pyle said.
After four years at Brown University, Prough dipped his toes in the professional pond with a stint in Florida. He picked up his first (and only) pro point with an assist in a March 21 game against South Carolina.
The 22-year-old from Farmington Hill, Mich., averaged 27 points per season while at Brown. He scored a career-high 17 goals in 32 games as a sophomore. Prough collected 16 goals and a personal-best 33 points as a junior in the same number of games.
Last season, before arriving in Florida, Prough had 26 points in 31 games for Brown.
Pyle said he had a chance to get Prough at the end of last year. But with a couple of players assigned from AHL affiliate Chicago around that time, Pyle couldn't guarantee Prough any playing time and the forward went to the Everblades instead.
Before going to Brown, Prough helped lead his high school team to the 2002 Michigan state championship while playing at Detroit Catholic Central. He won a gold medal in the Five-Nations Under-17 Tournament for Team USA in the Czech Republic and he earned a second gold in 2003 for the USA Under-18 team in Slovakia.
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