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Gladiators Release Protected List

June 3, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Atlanta Gladiators News Release

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that the ECHL has released the protected lists for 25 teams including the Gladiators. The Gladiators protected list for the 2008-09 reserve system as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players' Association is comprised of 18 players.

Teams are allowed to protect as many players as they wish provided the players protected meet the guidelines as defined in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the ECHL and the Professional Hockey Players' Association which state that teams shall retain the rights to each player that:

1. Signed a Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and has not been traded or released, OR

2. Signed Standard Players Contract in 2007-08, and was recalled to the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League or an International Ice Hockey Federation team, and has not been traded or released, OR

3. Received a 2007-08 Qualifying Offer for the current season, and DID NOT sign a Standard Players Contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

4. Has been suspended by the team or League, and has not been traded or released, OR

5. Signed Standard Players Contract on or after the first day of the 2007-08 regular season, then subsequently signed an NHL/AHL contract, and has not been traded or released, OR

6. Has executed the ECHL Retirement Form, and has not been traded or released

Protected lists for any team may exceed 20 players. Teams must complete all Future Consideration trades by 3 p.m. ET on June 13 and must submit their Season-Ending Roster by 3 p.m. ET on June 15. Season-ending rosters may include up to 20 players and cannot include any players who did not sign an ECHL contract in 2007-08.

Below is the list of players on the Gladiators Protected List:

Jeff Mason

Joe Grimaldi

Jamie Milam

Dinos Stamoulis

Matt York

Scott Mifsud

Jeff Campbell

Brad Schell

Derek Nesbitt

Jim Jackson

Bryson Busniuk

Andy Brandt

Mike Vigilante

Ryan Mahrle

Dirk Southern

Jon Sitko

Craig Kowalski

Lou Dickenson

Other roster deadlines in the coming weeks include the Season Ending Roster, which may contain only 20 players from the Protected List, on June 15. From the Season Ending Roster, the Gladiators may tender Qualifying Offers to only a maximum of eight players. That deadline is July 1.

The Gladiators open the 2008-09 season in October of 2008. Season tickets for the 2008-09 season are on sale now. Log on to gwinnettgladiators.com or call the Gladiators office at 770-497-5100 for more information.

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 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 gwinnettgladiators.com.

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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