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TONS of news to talk about today, and the ECHL is kicking… Right from the Start LockedIN Magazine has you #LockedIn.

Former Gladiators goalie, Eddie Pasquale, became the 21st former Glad to go on to play in the NHL, making his NHL debut for the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday evening, December 4th against the Red Wings in Detroit. The 28-year-old netminder earned his first NHL win in the contest as the Lightning defeated the Red Wings 6-5 in a shootout. The former Atlanta Thrashers draft pick also becomes the 647th former ECHL player to go on to play in the National Hockey League.

Pasquale made his pro debut with the Gladiators back in 2010-11 and went on to play 12 games for Atlanta (formerly Gwinnett) that season before being promoted to the AHL’s Chicago Wolves. Overall, the Toronto, ON native went 7-4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 3.69 in his time in the Garnet and Gold. Pasquale went on to play the next eight seasons in the AHL before finally reaching the world’s top pro hockey league this season.

The Atlanta Gladiators announced  that the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL have recalled forward Alex Overhardt from his loan. Overhardt, 21, has posted nine points (5g, 4a) and 31 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Gladiators this season in his first year of pro hockey. The Cherry Hill, CO native heads back to the AHL where he attended training camp with the Milwaukee Admirals but has yet to appear in a game. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward amassed 106 points in 273 WHL games for the Portland Winterhawks before turning pro this season.

The Atlanta Gladiators announced  that the AHL’s Providence Bruins have reassigned forward Tanner Pond to the team. Pond, 25, returns to Atlanta where he spent most of his rookie season last year posting 37 points (14g, 23a) and 163 penalty minutes in 61 games played. The Walled Lake, MI native added a team-leading four points (1g, 3a) in four playoff games for the Gladiators last year. The 6-foot, 194-pound center led all Glads rookies with his 37 points, and finished in a tie for third overall on the team during the 2017-18 campaign. The second-year pro has appeared in eight games for the Providence Bruins and earned one assist this season thus far. The hard-hitting forward attended training camp with the NHL’s Boston Bruins and skated in two preseason games earning a fight and plus-one rating at the start of the current season. Prior to turning pro last year, Pond played four years at Northeastern University amassing 12 points (5g-7a) in 109 games for the Huskies.

Pond has arrived in Atlanta and is expected to be in the lineup this weekend.

The Gladiators are at HOME this weekend……

The Jacksonville Icemen, proud affiliate of the NHL Winnipeg Jets and AHL Manitoba Moose, today announced the return of defenseman Jack Glover from Manitoba, along with defenseman Kayle Doetzel and forward Nikita Korostelev from Cleveland. Defenseman Dajon Mingo has signed a professional tryout with Manitoba.

Glover, 22, had six points (1G, 5A) and an even plus/minus rating in 14 games for Jacksonville this season before signing a PTO with Manitoba late last week. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound rookie joined the Icemen for the final eight games of last season following a collegiate career with the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers claimed the regular season title of the B1G in three of Glover’s four seasons, and the B1G championship in his freshman year. The Golden Valley, MN native was selected by the Winnipeg Jets in round 3, 69 overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Doetzel, 23, is in his third professional season, having split time between the AHL and ECHL. In ten games with the Icemen this season, the Saskatoon, Saskatchewan native has one goal and a minus-four rating. The 6-foot-2, 194-pound blue liner started his pro career with the Stockton Heat in 2016, and has 68 AHL games in his career with four points and a plus-four rating. He has one game with the Heat and the Moose this season.

Korostelev, 21, saw action in eight games with Jacksonville recording one assist. The 6-foot-1, 209-pound forward is in his rookie campaign with Cleveland. Last season, the Moskva, Russia native joined the Laval Rocket for ten games (1G, 1A) at the culmination of an OHL career where he notched 272 points (123G, 149A) in 282 games.

Mingo, 28, has 15 points (5G, 10A) and a plus-six rating in 21 games with the Icemen this season. The 5-foot-8, 174-pound blueliner is in his fourth professional campaign, recording 69 points (19G, 50A) in 175 ECHL games between Jacksonville, Kalamazoo, and Toledo. Prior to turning pro, the Canton, MI product played 107 NCAA games with Bowling Green State, notching 44 points (12G, 32A) and a plus-nine rating.

The Icemen are halfway through a four-game road stint and travel to Florida to face the South Division second place Everblades on Wednesday. The team returns home next Wednesday to host Orlando on ‘Weekend Wednesday’ where beer and wine are only $2.

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