Gladiators bring back Looby

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators added a defenseman to the roster with the re-signing of Mike Looby on Thursday.

Looby came to the Gladiators in a trade with Dayton last January. The Ontario native was acquired for future considerations, which Gwinnett didn't have to fulfill following Dayton's suspension of operations at the end of the 2008-09 season.

"He played well for us," Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said. "He's got skill. He does some things really well. He's in good shape. But he's got to be more committed to, you know, what do you want to do with your career? Is it a hobby? Is it a job? I need him to step up.

"But he's a great kid, a good character guy."

Looby played 35 games for Gwinnett and had a goal and three assists. He also skated in all five of the Gladiators' playoff games. With the Bombers, Looby appeared in 40 games and had seven points.

"Now I think you've got a kid coming in for his second year (in the ECHL)," Pyle said, "so if he wants a spot, if you want to be a call-up guy, you want a look at the American League, then you've got to show up this summer.

"There's going to be a lot of guys coming into camps that I'm really going to be looking at."

Prior to playing in the ECHL, Looby spent two years in the Central Hockey League. He played major junior hockey for Kingston in the Ontario Hockey League before he turned pro in 2006.

Looby is the fourth player signed to the Gladiators' roster for 2009-10. He joins goaltender Josh Johnson and forwards Tom Zanoski and Matt Auffrey.