The Gwinnett Gladiators announced on Wednesday that forwards Stefan Schneider and Philippe Halley have been signed for the coming season.
Schneider, 23, has appeared in 127 AHL games over the past three seasons with the Chicago Wolves, and two teams that have since relocated in the Manitoba Moose and the Peoria Rivermen. Last season the Vernon, British Columbia native scored twice and added five assists in 32 games with the Wolves, while also skating in two games with the Rivermen and eight with the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings.
“Stefan is a big centerman with excellent range that gets around well,” said Gladiators Head Coach Rick Emmett. “He will be great on the penalty kill, and seeing as he was a contracted guy and has AHL experience we are expecting a lot of leadership out of him in a big role down the middle.”
Halley, 21, wrapped up a four-year stint in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League this past season, posting 78 points (40 goals, 38 assists) in just 67 games with the Victoriaville Tigres. In his four years split between the Tigres and the Gatineau Olympiques, Halley amassed 216 points (116 goals, 100 assists) and a +67 rating in 229 games. In the 47 playoff games, Halley scored 14 times, had 19 assists, and was a +22.
“Philippe is a crafty three-zone player that can find the back of the net,” said Emmett. “He has decent size, but the big thing with him is his compete level and his hockey IQ. He looked good early at Portland’s training camp.”
After the announced signings of forward Alex Hutchings and defenseman Martin Lefebvre last week, the Gladiator roster is now at 12, and includes forwards Schneider, Halley, Hutchings, Bloodoff, Malouin, Bartliff, Southern, Haddad, and Lee, while Lefebvre, Krogh and Narbonne make up the defensive core.
Five Gladiators have been invited to camp with American Hockey League teams: Halley with the Portland Pirates, Malouin with the Lake Erie Monsters, Bartliff with the Utica Comets, and Bloodoff and Hutchings with the Rochester Americans.
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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