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Gladiators sign D-man Donald, two forwards

Photo: Gwinnett Gladiators Ryan Donald (right) slips past Gwinnett Gladiators forward Joey Haddad (left) in a game last season at the Gwinnett Arena.

Photo: Gwinnett Gladiators Ryan Donald (right) slips past Gwinnett Gladiators forward Joey Haddad (left) in a game last season at the Gwinnett Arena.

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of three players Saturday, including of defenseman Ryan Donald, who helped Florida win the Kelly Cup last season.

The Gladiators also added right wingers Christian Ouellet and Ryan Sparling to the roster.

Donald, a 6-foot-3, 227-pound blueliner, had three assists in the final series against Las Vegas and appeared in 18 playoff games as the Everblades won their first league championship.

The 26-year-old had 17 points in 50 regular-season games with Florida in 2011-12. He also played four games with Charlotte in the American Hockey League.

Donald split his rookie season between ECHL Reading, where he had 12 points and was a plus-19 in 45 games, and AHL Providence.

Before turning pro two years ago, Donald played 123 games over four seasons for Yale University.

Sparling, 24, spent part of the past two seasons in the Central Hockey League with Laredo and Missouri. Last year in Laredo, Sparling earned 45 points in 66 games.

The Syndey, Nova Scotia, native played four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Saint John Sea Dogs from 2005 through 2009. He earned 217 points (83 goals, 134 assists) in 247 career junior games with Saint John.

Sparling skated one season under former Gladiator Brad Peddle, the head coach at St. Francis Xavier University. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound forward had 11 points in 25 games with the X-Men in 2009-2010.

Ouellet, 21, completed his final junior season in the QMJHL last year. He picked up 28 points in 28 games with Chicoutimi after he was acquired in a trade with Gatineau on Jan. 4. With Gatineau, he was just as productive with 40 points in 40 games.

The Alma, Quebec native finished with 162 points (61 goals, 101 assists) in 244 QMJHL career games.