The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL will host the Florida Everblades at the Infinite Energy Arena on Nov. 18. It is the final game of a very busy weekend for the Gladiators who will play three games in three days.
The three games are part of the Gladiators' Hockey Fights Cancer Weekend. In addition to playing the Everblades, the Gladiators will host the Norfolk Admirals on Nov. 16 (Tickets) and the Everblades on Nov. 17 (Tickets).
Over the years, the Gladiators have painted the ice rink pink for their Hockey Fights Cancer weekend. However this year, there will be an added event. On Wed., Nov. 14, fans are encouraged to attend the Infinite Energy Arena to paint the names of loved ones who have either battled cancer, battling cancer or who have passed away from cancer. The special signing will be from 6 pm to 8 pm eastern time and fans are asked to pay $5 to the Canvas for a Cause charity.
During the three consecutive home games, fans are asked to donate funds to various metro Atlanta cancer organizations and charities. Also on the weekend, the Gladiators have announced that the Nickelodeon theme for their game against the Everblades on Nov. 17 will be the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and fans will be able to purchase a Gladiators tumbler for only $5 as part of the $5 frenzy night.
One hockey fan who will be in attendance is 10-year-old Ethan McClean, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. McClean, who is from Belfast, Northern Ireland, will be an honorary member of the team for the three-game series. Throughout the weekend, McClean will attend practices, meet the players and coaches, participate in pregame warmups, drop the puck in a ceremonial faceoff and be on the radio broadcast.
The Gladiators meanwhile are coming off a very impressive 5-1 win over the Admirals on Nov. 4. Branden Troock had a fantastic game offensively for the Gladiators as he recorded a hat trick. Olivier Galipeau also had a multi-point game for Atlanta as he had two assists. Atlanta improved to a record of three wins, three regulation losses and two overtime losses for eight points.
Like the Gladiators, the Everblades also have a record of three wins, three regulation losses and two losses in extra time. Atlanta's leading scorer at the moment is Troock, who has five goals and two assists for seven points in eight games. Florida's leading scorer is Joe Cox and Steven Lorentz, who each have seven points. Cox has three goals and four assists and Lorentz has two goals and five assists.
Get your Tickets to see the Atlanta Gladiators and the Florida Everblades on Nov. 18 at the Infinite Energy Arena today!