2018-19 Atlanta Gladiators special event: Canned food drive taking place Nov. 21
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The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL will be having a canned food drive against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Nov. 21 at the Infinite Energy Arena. With the holiday season just around the corner, the Gladiators franchise are looking out for those in need. 

For the first time in 15 years, the Gladiators will also not play on Thanksgiving Day. Instead, the Gladiators will be playing the night before on a Wednesday evening. The franchise is encouraging all families to attend the game, and at the same time not interrupt their family dinner on Thursday. 

Two players joined the Gladiators on Thursday. They are centers Joona Koppanen and Justin Greenberg. Koppanen, who was the Boston Bruins' fifth-round draft pick, 135th overall, in the 2016 National Hockey League Entry Draft, has one assist and four penalty minutes in seven games already this season with the Gladiators. He was called up to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on Wednesday but did not see any action. Koppanen is 6'5", and 215 pounds. Last season he played 10 games for the Providence Bruins and had two goals, and played 45 games for Ilves Tampere in Finland's SM-liga and had two goals and 12 assists for 14 points in 45 games. 

Greenberg has got off to a marvelous start to begin the 2018-19 hockey season with the Peoria Rivermen. He currently leads the Southern Professional Hockey League in scoring with 10 points (five goals and five assists) in only five games. Greenberg has also been reliable defensively, as he is a solid +7. At 5'8", 180 pounds, Greenberg was very productive last season for the Rivermen as well. He had 12 goals and 24 assists for 36 points and was a +11. Greenberg also had three goals and three assists for six points in seven President's Cup playoff games. In addition to playing for the Rivermen, Greenberg has played four seasons with the University of Miami-Ohio in the National Collegiate Athletic Association and two seasons with the Texas Tornado of the North American Hockey League. 

Get your Tickets to see the Atlanta Gladiators and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Nov. 21 at the Infinite Energy Arena today!