Gladiators bolster blueline with Bowen, Brookwell

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators added two rookie defensemen to the roster, signing Cody Brookwell and Pat Bowen from the college ranks Friday.

Bowen, from Marshfield, Mass., played four seasons at Merrimack College. He had 43 points and 146 penalty minutes in 124 games there. The 24-year-old’s senior season was by far his most offensively productive with 19 points (all but one from assists) in 37 games. He was also team captain.

Bowen, listed at 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, played one season for the Chicago Steel of the USHL prior to going to Merrimack and had 10 points and 70 PIMS in 60 games.

“He’s kind of a feisty kid,” Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said. “In college he was limited to a defensive role, I think. But he’s a good kid, a hard-working kid and a good two-way defenseman.

“We were lucky to get him signed early.”

Brookwell, 23, is coming out of the highly successful University of Denver program. He played four years for the seven-time national title winning Pioneers and had 12 points in 136 games. He was named to the All-WCHA academic team as a senior, and at 6-4, 200 pounds, Brookwell is a physical presence.

“He’s a big, solid defensive defenseman,” Pyle said. “He makes a good first pass and plays fairly physical. And he comes from a good program.

“I talked to the kid and his agent, he wanted to be in place where he had a chance to play and move up. We’re going to be young and we provide that.”