DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators added a pair of second-year forwards to the roster with the signings of Colin Vock and Calin Wild on Wednesday.
Vock, 25, spent last season playing in Norway after completing a four-year career at the University of Vermont. The Detroit native picked up 37 points (15 goals, 22 assists) in 45 games with Rosenborg Elite of the Norwegian GET-ligaen. One of just five players to appear in every game for Rosenborg, Vock had five power-play goals and three game-winning goals.
Prior to skating overseas last year, Vock recorded a career-best 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 39 games during his senior season at Vermont. In four seasons as a Catamount, he had 84 points in 144 career games.
Former Gladiators’ coach Jeff Pyle, who was hired last month to take over the AHL’s Texas Stars, recruited Vock when he was coming out of college.
“He had a chance to go to Europe,” Pyle said. “I think it was a bit tougher than he thought and he had a chance to come (to Gwinnett) again.”
Pyle again went after Vock and agreed to terms with the 5-foot-11 forward before being hired by the Stars.
“He’s a good kid with good skill,” Pyle said. “If he develops in the right place, he could have a chance to move up.
“He’s got good vision. He’s along the lines of (former ECHL MVP Jeff Campbell) and (AHLer Derek Nesbitt) when they first started.”
Wild spent the 2010-11 season with the Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League where he had 21 points in 55 games. The 24-year-old played four seasons at the University of Manitoba, his native province, before he began his professional career. From 2006-10, he earned 44 points (25 goals, 19 assists) in 111 career collegiate games.
Wild, 6-1 and 180 pounds, was recommended by Ryan Garbutt, who started last season with the Gladiators, but quickly moved up to the AHL.
“He could be a sleeper,” Pyle said. “He could do well at all sorts of things. He skates well and has some decent size.”