DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators’ roster continues to be an evolution.
A slew of moves were made on the fourth day of training camp Tuesday, including the addition of returning forward Alex Belzile, who was in AHL Hamilton.
The Gladiators also signed defenseman Kirill Tulupov, acquired the rights to blueliner Nathan Martine from Toledo for future considerations and released tryout players Daniel Christensen, Dustin Hopfner and Scott Howe.
The roster sits at 23 players with the season opener on Oct. 18 and new head coach Rick Emmett is pleased with what he’s seeing at camp so far.
“I’ve been really happy with the guys, with the pace and the work ethic,” Emmett said. “They’re pretty young and that’s the thing we have to remember — there’s a lot of little detail stuff to coach. Especially things away from the puck. Which we’re prepared for. At the same time, we don’t want to stifle them.
“It’s training camp. We’ll let them work through things. Once we start getting a little closer, we’ll start knocking out some detail stuff.”
Belzile, 22, put together a breakout season with the Gladiators last season, racking up 30 points in 40 games. He also impressed during a stint with Hamilton with three goals and five assists in just 14 games. His first career AHL goal came in his first game and was the only tally in a 1-0 Hamilton win over Syracuse on March 22.
The St. Eloi, Quebec, native was signed as a free agent by the Gladiators prior to the start of last season after three productive seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and returns after spending camp in Hamilton.
Martine, 25, skated in six games with the Reading Royals of the ECHL last season after wrapping up his four-year collegiate career. The Port Colborne, Ontario, native scored nine goals to go with 34 assists in 105 games at the University of Guelph in Ontario.
Prior to that, Martine played in 314 games in the Ontario Hockey League with four different teams and had 128 points and 441 penalty minutes.
Tulupov, 25, was a third-round draft pick of New Jersey in 2006 and played three seasons in the QMJHL. He turned pro in 2009 and has played primarily overseas. The Muscovite spent 2011-12 in the AHL with Oklahoma City.
Last year, he played in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League with two different teams before ending up in Arizona with the Central Hockey League’s Sundogs. Tulupov had two assists in 19 KHL games and four points in 15 games at Arizona.