The Gwinnett Gladiators signed forwards Chris Culligan and Josh Derko on Wednesday. In addition, forward Dan Radke was released.
Culligan, 25, played three games for the AHL’s Texas Stars on an amateur tryout contract after four seasons with the University of New Brunswick at Fredericton, where he had 54 goals and 117 assists in 133 games to go along with his plus-98 rating.
Prior to his time with the Varsity Reds, Culligan spent five years with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL, racking up 87 goals and 284 assists in 317 games. He served as the team’s captain in 2008-09, his final year with the team, while Gladiators captain Joey Haddad served as his alternate captain. The two forwards grew up in the coastal community of Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Derko, 20, joins the Gladiators after spending the last five seasons in the WHL, splitting his time between the Swift Current Broncos and the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native had 13 goals and 15 assists during his three -and a half years with Swift Current.
After being traded to Lethbridge after the 2012-13 trading deadline, Derko not only compiled 16 goals and nine assists over a season and a half, but he was named captain in his last full season with the Hurricanes in 2013-14. He also participated in the San Jose Sharks rookie camp in September 2013.
Radke, 22, made his pro debut with the Gladiators out of Lake Superior State last Sunday in Toledo. The Orinda, Calif., native was held without a point.