Gladiators add pair of rookie forwards

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of rookie forwards Jeremie Malouin and Kurtis Bartliff on Wednesday.

Malouin, 21, is coming off a five-year career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he totaled 122 points (60 goals, 62 assists) in 296 games. The Granby, Quebec, native played in 60 games for the Drummondville Voltigeurs last season and scored a career-high 30 goals to go along with 112 penalty minutes. He also had four assists in five playoff games.

“Jeremie is a winger with good size and he skates well,” head coach Rick Emmett said. “He’s not shy to get his nose dirty and identifies with his role pretty well, which is key for a young guy. He’s been a captain since he was 17, so he has good leadership qualities.”

Bartliff, 23, spent the past four years at Colgate University, racking up 23 goals and 42 assists in 134 games. The Clinton, Ontario, native scored nine goals and added eight assists in 36 games as a senior last season.

“He put up good numbers his sophomore season,” Emmett said. “Kurtis plays three zones really well. He’s a smart player and he will fit in nicely.”

Malouin and Bartliff push the Gladiators 2013-14 roster up to seven. The team previously signed defensemen Devon Krogh and Jonathan Narbonne, as well as forwards Evan Bloodoff, Dirk Southern, and C.J. Lee.