DULUTH - Needing a defenseman and not knowing when he might get one back from the AHL, Gwinnett Gladiators head coach acquired Mike Looby from Dayton on Wednesday.
The Bombers will get future considerations for sending the blueliner to Gwinnett now.
Looby has appeared in 40 games this season with Dayton, posting three goals and four assists. He also has 39 penalty minutes and is even with the Bombers this season.
The Brampton, Ontario, native played two full seasons in the Central Hockey League before joining the Bombers this season. He split time last season between the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and the Tulsa Oilers, finishing the year with 27 points in 62 games.
Following his final junior season with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League, Looby helped the Laredo Bucks capture the President's Cup championship in the CHL in 2006.
Looby should be available for the Gladiators when they travel to Florida to take on the division-leading Everblades at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Durno makes NHL debut for Avs
Former Gladiator Chris Durno played his first National Hockey League game on Sunday with the Colorado Avalanche.
Durno played for Gwinnett from 2003-05 and had 124 points in 147 regular season games.
American Conference wins All-Star Game
The American Conference, which included Gladiators forward Jordan Fox, crushed the National Conference 11-5 in the ECHL All-Star Game on Wednesday in Reading, Pa.
Fox had two assists and the American Conference recovered from a 3-1 first-period deficit. The big scorers were from Gwinnett's division rivals. Charlotte's Matthew Ford and Florida's Kevin Baker each had a hat trick.
Gwinnett goalie Joe Fallon, who was representing Fresno and the National Conference, made 21 saves on 26 shots in his second-period stint between the pipes.