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Gladiators add veteran forward Perdicaro, rookie blueliner Dolan

Veteran forward Anthony Perdicaro, who played part of last season for the CHL’s Rapid City Rush, has signed with the Gwinnett Gladiators. (Photo: Mike Wolforth)

Veteran forward Anthony Perdicaro, who played part of last season for the CHL’s Rapid City Rush, has signed with the Gwinnett Gladiators. (Photo: Mike Wolforth)

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators have added more depth to the roster for 2014-15 with the signing of forward Anthony Perdicaro and defenseman Bo Dolan on Tuesday.

Perdicaro, 25, joins the Gladiators for his sixth season of professional hockey. Last year, he split his time with the CHL’s St. Charles Chill and the Rapid City Rush (16 goals, 16 assists over 42 games), and the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers (eight points in 20 games). The 6-foot-2, 190-pound forward has 136 points and 486 penalty minutes over 196 professional matches.

Prior to his professional career, the East Rockaway, N.Y., native played junior hockey in Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the United States. In all, Perdicaro had 163 points and 625 PIMs over his 261-game junior career.

“Anthony and (head coach Rick) Emmett have had conversations as far back as last summer,” Gladiators president Steve Chapman said. “He brings a creative offensive game and the ability to play both center and the wing.

“From their conversations, we believe that he is ready to show his best for us. We think he could play a large role, especially with his versatility up front.”

Dolan, 24, is a rookie after playing four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 132 games for the Engineers, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound defenseman scored three times, adding in 24 assists and 108 penalty minutes.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., Dolan also played for the USHL’s Sioux Falls Stampede and Tri-City Storm (10 points in 54 games), and the Penticton Vees of the BCHL (25 points in 39 games) before his collegiate career.

“Bo Dolan is a rookie out of RPI that, based on Rick’s vetting and conversations, will bring passion and will compete,” Chapman said. “We are always looking for those young guys that can step in and play a solid role for the team while they get their feet under them in our league. Bo has a chance to be that type of player for us.”