Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Andy Brandt is mining familiar fields as he builds toward a full roster for the 2015-16 season.
Joins organization from AHL’s Adirondack Flames
DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of two hard-working forwards who are looking for a place to settle in and make their mark.
The Gwinnett Gladiators have scheduled two preseason games, including a home date against Greenville on Oct. 11 at the Duluth IceForum.
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How much of the Boston Bruins’ deep talent pool trickles down to the ECHL remains to be seen, but Gladiators head coach and director of hockey operations Andy Brandt is enthused about the partnership. The two-year agreement was announced Thursday.
Former roommates Andy Brandt and Derek Nesbitt went golfing this spring after Nesbitt returned from playing in Austria. Both of them had an idea in their head. Both of them were half joking when they broached the subject.
The rights to both players were acquired in trades and their contracts were announced by Gwinnett on Tuesday.
The Gwinnett Daily Post won 14 awards, including four first-place finishes, in the Division II category in voting conducted by the Georgia Sports Writers Association for its best of 2014
Former Minnesota goaltender was acquired midway through last season in a trade with Orlando and has been signed by Gwinnett.
Both rookies joined Gwinnett late last season after finishing successful college careers.
By ECHL rule, teams are allowed a maximum of 20 players on the final roster, but those who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2014-15 may not be included.
The future considerations in a half dozen deals made by the Gwinnett Gladiators near last year’s trade deadline were completed Monday.
Speculation in hockey circles has been circulating about the future of the Gwinnett Gladiators. It started earlier this summer with a possible name change, from Gwinnett to Atlanta, and picked up some steam recently regarding arena renovations
The Gwinnett Gladiators home opener for 2015-16 is Oct. 23 against the Florida Everblades.