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Brookwell, Milo returning to play for Gladiators

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators agreed to terms with forward Justin Milo and defenseman Cody Brookwell for the 2011-12 season, announcing the signings Monday.

Milo, who was in training camp with the Gladiators before a numbers crunch forced head coach Jeff Pyle to release him, had 13 points in 36 games as a rookie with Gwinnett last season. The fleet-footed forward with a finishing touch also appeared in 12 games with South Carolina and two games with Alaska before he was picked up by Gwinnett. Milo was a spark for the Gladiators when they were mired in a franchise-record losing skid last December and ended up playing in many key situations as the team made a push for the playoffs.

The Edina, Minn., native played at the University of Vermont from 2008-2010. He began his collegiate career with Cornell University during the 2006-07 season before he transferred to Vermont. He averaged over a point a game for the Catamounts during the 2009-10 season (21 points in 20 games).

He had 51 points (24 goals, 27 assists) in 83 career collegiate games.

Brookwell returns to Gwinnett after he earned seven points (two goals, five assists) in 48 games last season as a rookie. The 6-foot-4 blueliner recorded his first professional goal on Feb. 12 in a 6-2 win over the South Carolina Stingrays.

The Calgary, Alberta native skated four seasons with the University of Denver from 2006-2010 before he turned pro and joined Gwinnett. With the Pioneers, Brookwell recorded 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 184 career games.