Gladiators Pick up Three from the AHL
DULUTH, Ga. - On Monday, the Gladiators announced that forward Casey Pierro-Zabotel has been returned from his loan to the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL, and forward Dan O'Donoghue and defenseman James Melindy have been assigned to the team from their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates.
Pierro-Zabotel, 25, signed a Professional Try-out Agreement (PTO) with the Norfolk Admirals on November 18 after scoring seven goals and six assists in 11 games with the Gladiators. Pierro-Zabotel did not register a point in limited action with the Admirals, playing in three games for the team.
O'Donoghue, 23, has already played in one game for the Gladiators, registering an assist in Gwinnett's season opener in Evansville on October 18. He was reassigned by the Arizona Coyotes to Portland the next day, and played in four games for the Pirates this season.
Melindy, 20, has played in 49 career AHL games, with two goals and 40 penalty minutes to his name. A third round draft pick (88th overall) of the Coyotes from 2012, Melindy was a defensive stalwart for his QMJHL team, the Moncton Wildcats. He played in 168 games over three seasons for the team, scoring 17 goals and 39 assists for the Wildcats.
All three players will arrive in Duluth in time for the Gladiators' next game on Tuesday the 25th against the South Carolina Stingrays at The Arena at Gwinnett Center. For tickets and schedule information, visit the official team website at www.gwinnettgladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.
The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation's premier "AA" hockey league, and are affiliated with the Arizona Coyotes of the NHL. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free.
As Atlanta's "One and Only" professional hockey team, the Gladiators have established an extraordinary winning tradition and unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment. The Gladiators are consistently ranked as one of the top "Things To Do" in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.
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