2018-19 Atlanta Gladiators special event: Dec. 19 game will kick-off coat drive weekend

The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL will begin their winter clothing drive when they host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at the Infinite Energy Arena on Dec. 19 (Tickets). Fans will receive a discount for a premium level ticket for a donation of a new or gently used winter clothing item. The items will then be donated to the Atlanta area food shelters and charities. 

In addition to the winter clothing drive, the Gladiators will also have Wild Wednesday. There will be multiple activities and an opportunity for fans to win prizes. 

The Gladiators have a record of five wins, 10 regulation losses and three overtime losses for 13 points so far during the 2018-19 ECHL regular season. The Swamp Rabbits have a record of eight wins, 12 regulation losses and three overtime losses for 19 points. Atlanta's leading scorer is Derek Nesbitt, who has four goals and nine assists for 13 points. Greenville's leading scorer is Michael Pelech, who has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points. 

In exciting Gladiators news, Edward Pasquale became the 21st Gladiators player in franchise history to play in the National Hockey League on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Pasquale, who played for the Gwinnett Gladiators during the 2010-11 ECHL season, made his NHL debut with the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 6-5 shootout win over the Detroit Red Wings. 

The Gladiators meanwhile have forward Tanner Pond back in the lineup. Pond was reassigned to the Gladiators from the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League on Dec. 4. Pond has one assist in eight games with 13 penalty minutes with Providence this season. 

Two Gladiators players meanwhile have been promoted. Left winger Garret Ross and center Alex Overhardt are now with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL. Ross has two goals and five assists for seven points in six games with the Gladiators and one assist in three games with the Admirals. Overhardt has five goals and four assists for nine points with 31 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Gladiators. 

In other Gladiators news, the Gladiators will be hosting a meet and greet with Santa prior to their game against the South Carolina Stingrays on Dec. 9 (Tickets). From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. kids will also be able to decorate holiday sugar cookies. 

Get your Tickets to see the Atlanta Gladiators and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Dec. 19 at the Infinite Energy Arena today!