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Turple Called Up to AHL Grand Rapids

February 19, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Atlanta Gladiators News Release

The Gwinnett Gladiators announced today that goaltender Dan Turple has been reassigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Turple, under contract to the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers currently owns a 12-9-2-1 record in 24 games with the Gladiators this season.

This will mark Turple's second trip to the AHL this season after he was called up to the Chicago Wolves from October 19th to October 31st. Turple did not see any game action in his first call-up to the AHL.

In his 24 appearances in Gwinnett this season, Turple, a native of Hamilton, ON, has a goals against average of 3.14 and a save percentage of 0.904.

In addition, the 6-foot-6-inch Turple earned ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors for the week of December 10th through December 16th.

Turple should be available for the Griffins as they play host to the San Antonio Rampage tonight in Grand Rapids.

The Gladiators continue their fifth anniversary season on Friday, February 22nd as they travel to Pensacola to take on the Ice Pilots at 8:05 p.m. Catch all the play-by-play action in Friday's game via AccessRadio on

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 continue their fifth season as a proud member of the ECHL - 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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