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Gladiators' Gajic Named In Glas Co ECHL Player Of The Week

January 17, 2006 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

PRINCETON, N.J. - Milan Gajic of the Gwinnett is the In Glas Co ECHL Player of the Week for Jan. 9-15, 2006 and becomes the third Gladiator to win the award, joining Guillaume Desbiens and Pascal Pelletier who won in back-to-back weeks in December.

The 24-year-old Gajic had eight assists and nine points to help the Gladiators go 2-1-1 and remain in second place in the South Division with 49 points and a 22-8-5 record.

Drafted in the fourth round (112th overall) by the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Providence of the American Hockey League, Gajic began the week by registering an assist and scoring the game-winning-goal in a 2-1 win at Greenville on Jan. 10. In the second game at Greenville on Jan. 12, he recorded three assists in a 5-4 shootout loss and added another assist at home in a 4-1 loss over the Grrrowl on Jan. 13. He closed out the week with three assists in a 5-3 win against Charlotte on Jan. 14 that extended his scoring streak to five games.

The 6-foot and 180-pound Gajic had two goals on Jan. 16 to extend his scoring streak to six games (4g-9a) and he leads the Gladiators the last five games with eight assists and 11 points. He has scored in 11 of his last 13 games, including eight multiple-point games, and he has 22 points (9g-13a) since being assigned to the team on Dec. 26 from Providence of the AHL, where he has one assist in 13 games.

A native of Burnaby, British Columbia, Gajic spent four years at the University of Michigan where he scored 115 points (53g-62a) in 159 games and helped the Wolverines win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association championship and advance to the Frozen Four in 2001-02 and 2002-03. He also played for the Burnaby Bulldogs of the British Columbia Hockey League in 2000-01 and had 98 points (46g-62a) in 50 games.

On behalf of Milan Gajic, a case of pucks will be donated to a Gwinnett area youth hockey organization by In Glas Co, the exclusive puck supplier for the ECHL.

In Glas Co has donated over 13,500 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities since it began sponsoring the award in 2000-01. In Glas Co also donated all of the limited-edition pucks that were used during the opening weekend and auctioned off for hurricane relief.

Runners Up: Adam Courchaine, Pensacola (4gp-2g-6a-8pts) and Dany Roussin, Reading (4gp-4g-3a-7pts).

Also Nominated: Vladimir Novak (Alaska), Steve Saviano (Florida), Marco Peluso (Las Vegas), Pierre-Luc-Sleigher (San Diego), Cail MacLean (South Carolina), Maris Ziedins (Stockton), Chris Blight (Toledo), Peter Zingoni (Trenton), Colt King (Utah) and Mike Wirll (Utah).


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