Gladiators sign four more as camp approaches

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of four players Wednesday, less than 48 hours before training camp officially gets under way.

Defenseman Will Colbert and forwards Devin Timberlake, Nikita Kashirsky and Joey Haddad were added to the roster. Colbert and Timberlake return to the Gladiators, Kashirsky played for division rival South Carolina and Haddad was with Wheeling where Gwinnett head coach John Wroblewski was an assistant last season.

In his second professional season, Colbert had 12 points in 58 games with the Gladiators last year. He also skated in two games with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. Colbert split time with Kalmazoo and AHL Worcester in 2009-10, his rookie campaign out of St. Francis Xavier University.

Timberlake played 14 games for Gwinnett after he was acquired in a trade with Reading on March 2. He had 14 points in 35 games with the Royals. He also appeared in two games with Providence of the AHL as a rookie coming out of Brown University.

Timberlake posted a career year at Brown with 25 points in 37 games as a senior and finished his collegiate career with 61 points in 110 career games.

Kashirsky has played part of each of the past three seasons with the Stingrays. Last year, he earned 26 points in 34 games and also had a pair of goals in 14 games with AHL Hershey.

He had 35 points in 39 games with South Carolina during the 2009-10 season while fielding a pair of call-ups to the AHL.

Kashirsky joined South Carolina for 13 games at the conclusion of the 2008-09 season and had seven points.

Prior to the start of his professional career, he played four seasons at Norwich University and had 144 points (73 goals, 41 assists) in 110 career collegiate games.

Haddad split time during each of his first two professional seasons with the Wheeling Nailers and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL. He had 43 points in 50 games with Wheeling last year and four points in 16 AHL games.

The Gladiators, ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and the Phoenix Coyotes, open training camp with player physicals Friday and the first on-ice session is Saturday at the IceForum in Duluth.