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Gladiators Canned Food Drive a Success

December 1, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Atlanta Gladiators News Release

The Gwinnett Gladiators annual Thanksgiving food drive was a success weighing in at 1,700 pounds and surpassing last season's total by approxitametly 300 pounds.

The Gladiators and their fans filled eight huge receptacles left by the Salvation Army with cans and non-perishable food items that were placed at the Arena at Gwinnett Center through Thanksgiving night. In addition to the eight receptacles, four shopping carts were filled with excess items that would not fit.

The Gladaitors and Maximus will deliver the four excess shopping carts full of cans and non-perishable food items on Friday, December 5th to the 11-Alive "Holiday Can-A-Thon" at the Bass Pro Shops located in front of the Discover Mills Mall between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Fans who donated a can or a non-perishable food item at the Arena at Gwinnett Center Box office had the opportunity to take advantage of a great ticket deal for the Gladiators Thanksgiving night game on Thursday, November 27th.

Last season, the Gladiators collected 1,500 pounds of food during the Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. During the first six seasons combined, the team has collected 6,200 pounds of food.

The Gladiators next take the ice on the road Tuesday, December 2nd, at 7:05 p.m. against the South Carolina Stingrays.

Began in 1988-89 with five teams playing in four states, the Premier 'AA' Hockey League has grown into a coast-to-coast league that will have 23 teams in 16 states and British Columbia playing 864 games from Oct. 17, 2008 to Apr. 4, 2009. Eighteen of the 23 teams have played at least five years in their current city.

The third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League, the ECHL averaged 4,174 per game last season, marking the fourth year in row and the 16th time in the last 18 years that the league has averaged over 4,000 fans. The league has drawn over four million fans each of the last five years and 11 times in the past 12 seasons.

The Gwinnett Gladiators open their sixth season as a proud member of the ECHL in October of 2008 - 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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