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Nastiuk called up to AHL Providence

January 13, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) - Atlanta Gladiators News Release

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that netminder Kevin Nastiuk as been called up to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

Nastiuk makes his second trip of the season to the American Hockey League where he appeared in one game with the Bruins posting a 3.00 goals against average and a .875 save percenteage.

The Edmonton, Alberta native split time during the 2007-08 season between the Albany River Rats and the Florida Everblades. He finished with a 2.44 goals against average in 14 games with Florida while recording a 6-5-2 record. He was 4-1-0 with a 2.31 goals against average in 5 games with Albany last season.

Nastiuk played in 32 games with the Las Vegas Wranglers during the 2006-07 season after splitting time during his rookie season between AHL Lowell and the Florida Everblades.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound netminder was selected in the 4th round of the 2003 NHL Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes with the 126th overall pick.

The Gladiators return to action on Wednesday, January 14th as they host the Florida Everblades at the Arena at Gwinnett Center at 7:05 p.m.

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 21 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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