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Fox, Fuller returning to Gwinnett Gladiators

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators added to their forward lines on Tuesday, re-signing leading scorer Jordan Fox and hard-charging Travis Fuller for the 2009-10 season.

Fox led the Gladiators last year with 67 points in 68 games. The ECHL All-Star had team highs in goals (29) and assists (38). Fox shared the team lead in power-play goals with seven.

The Kirkwood, Mo., native also earned a pair of call-ups to the American Hockey League. He notched an assist in five games with the Manitoba Moose and appeared in one game with Chicago.

"Even though we didn't have the best team, he still had a good year," Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said. "Teams keyed on him, which was tough for him.

"Again, it wasn't the greatest situation and Jordan did a lot of good things. Foxy battled pretty hard. The only thing is with the guys from last year, I'm not going to have the patience with them this year. I just want to win."

Fox, 25, began his professional career with the Flint Generals of the International Hockey League (formerly the United Hockey League). He appeared in 74 games with Flint as a rookie in 2006-07 and posted 36 points. In 2007-08, he notched 26 goals and 34 assists with Flint while earning a call up and appearing in eight games with the Albany River Rats of the AHL.

"He's a good kid and I really like him a lot," Pyle said. "The only thing is, he's got to make sure he wants to get out of this league. He's got a great up-side. He's gritty, he's got great hands and unbelievable moves, but I don't want him to die in this league."

Fuller, 23, returns to Gwinnett after being acquired from Augusta on Dec. 1. In a checking-line role, Fuller had 20 points in 56 games after coming over from the Lynx.

"He's a power forward," Pyle said. "He had some really good opportunities last year. Good kid, great attitude. But I think he can do more.

"Coming into camp, who knows what we're going to have. There's going to be jobs to be had. His first year pro he put up 20 goals. A lot of times, the second year is a learning experience."

Fuller split time during his rookie campaign with Augusta and Cincinnati. The Whitney, Ontario, native had 36 points in 59 combined games with the Lynx and Cyclones.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound forward played four seasons of major junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey League with Barrie and Mississauga from 2003 through 2007. Fuller collected 165 points in 236 career OHL games.