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Gladiators Acquire Grimaldi from Fresno

February 19, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Atlanta Gladiators News Release

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that they have acquired defenseman Joe Grimaldi from the Fresno Falcons. The Gladiators will send forward Stuart MacRae to Fresno in return for the defenseman.

Gwinnett will be the third ECHL team for Grimaldi in just his rookie season. The Rokonkoma, NY native started the season with the Elmira Jackals before being traded to Fresno on January 15th. In 46 ECHL games this season, Grimaldi has tallied 3 goals and 14 assits for 17 points.

The 6-foot and 200-pound Grimaldi has also made two appearances in the AHL this year playing in two games with the Rochester Americans on October 26th and 27th and one contest with the ALbany River Rats on December 16th. Grimaldi collected 12 total penalty minutes in the AHL this season, 5 with Rochester and 7 with Albany.

MacRae returns to a Fresno team for which he played 6 playoff games during the 2006-07 season. The Coxheath, NS native notched 2 goals and 2 assists in 6 playoff games for the Falcons.

So far this year, MacRae has 8 goals and 14 assists for Gwinnett in 39 games. MacRae missed 11 games this season with a hand injury.

Grimaldi should be available for the Gladiators as they travel to Pensacola to take on the Ice Pilots on Friday night.

The Gladiators continue their fift anniversary season on Friday, February 22nd as they travel to Pensacola to take on the Ice Pilots at 8:05 p.m. Catch all the play-by-play action in Friday's game via AccessRadio on

Celebrating its 20th Anniversary as the Premier 'AA' Hockey League in 2007-08, the ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in three states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league that has 25 teams in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08. The 25 teams includes the Mississippi (Biloxi) Sea Wolves, who return after missing two seasons in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and the expansion Elmira (N.Y.) Jackals. The ECHL will play 900 games beginning Oct. 18 and concluding Apr. 5.

The Gwinnett Gladiators continue their fifth season as a proud member of the ECHL - season ticket packages are on sale now. In addition, the Gladiators offer several unique multi-game ticket packages as well as discounted group rates, suite rentals, and birthday parties. For more information call 770-497-5100 or log on to

The Gladiators are the AA affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers and play all home games at the spectacular 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, where parking is always free.

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