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Gladiators deal Vock, Strathman to Utah

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators acquired the rights to forward Evan Rankin from the Utah Grizzlies in exchange for forward Colin Vock and defenseman Dave Strathman on Thursday.

The transaction also completes the future considerations that brought the rights to forward Igor Gongalsky to the Gladiators.

Gwinnett also called up rookie goalie Nick Eno, who was in training camp with the team and has been playing for Mississippi in the SPHL. Eno was needed as a back-up to Jeff Jakaitis after Marc Cheverie was called up to the AHL last weekend. He is expected to be with the team in time for today's home game against Florida.

Rankin isn't available. He is on recall to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League at this time. His rights were acquired by Utah from Toledo before he was dealt to the Gladiators. While on recall to the AHL, Rankin has earned 12 points (seven goals, five assists) in 13 games with Rochester this season. With Toledo to begin the season, he earned 18 points (10 goals, eight assists) in 15 ECHL games this season.

The Portage, Mich., native split time between the AHL and the ECHL in each of the last two seasons.

Vock heads to Utah after picking up 14 points in 28 games this season with the Gladiators. He played four seasons at the University of Vermont from 2006-10 where he earned 96 points in 144 career collegiate games.

Strathman was acquired by the Gladiators on Nov. 10 from the Reading Royals in exchange for future considerations. In 18 games with the Gladiators, Strathman notched two goals and four assists for six points.