The Gwinnett Gladiators announced on Wednesday that forward Joey Haddad will be returning for his third season with the ECHL club, while rookie forwards Jeremie Malouin and Kurtis Bartliff will be playing their first season with Gwinnett. Opening night of the Gladiators 2013-14 season is less than six weeks away (October 18), and the team that head coach Rick Emmett will open his first campaign with continues to take shape.
Haddad was a key part of the Glads offense last seasons, scoring 33 points (19 G, 14 A) despite missing time with an injury. The 24-year old played in only 44 games but still finished fourth on the team in goals, as well as netting four goals in ten playoff games.
Emmett believes “Joey Haddad is a premier forward in our league,” and went on to say that “When he’s on his game there isn’t anyone better at this level.”
Haddad is excited about returning to Gwinnett, saying that “Like all of us we have goals to move on to the next level, but as far as having a good base to start at I couldn’t ask for a better place than Gwinnett.”
Malouin, 21, is coming off a five-year stint in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League where he totaled 122 points (60 goals, 62 assists) in 296 games. The Granby, Quebec native played in 60 games for the Drummondville Voltigeurs last season, and tallied a career-high 30 goals to go along with 112 penalty minutes. He also had four assists in five playoff games.
Bartliff, 23, spent the past four years at Colgate University, tallying 23 goals and 42 assists in 134 games. The Clinton, Ontario native scored nine goals and added eight assists in 36 games as a senior last season.
The Gladiators now have eight players signed for the upcoming season after having signed defensemen Devon Krogh and Jonathan Narbonne, as well as forwards Evan Bloodoff, CJ Lee, and Dirk Southern.
The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the Premier "AA" Hockey League and are affiliated with the Phoenix 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.
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