The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL will have a New Year's Eve party at the Infinite Energy Arena when they host the Norfolk Admirals on Dec. 30. The Gladiators will be giving out party favors and playing party music.
This will be the second of back-to-back games for the Gladiators against the Admirals. They will also play the ECHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes on Dec. 29 (Tickets).
The Admirals are coached by Robbie Ftorek, who has National Hockey League experience as a player and as a coach. As a player, Ftorek played 334 games in the National Hockey League with the Detroit Red Wings, Quebec Nordiques and New York Rangers. He had 77 goals and 150 assists for 227 points from 1972 to 1985. In between his time in the NHL, Ftorek also played 373 games in the World Hockey Association with the Phoenix Roadrunners and Cincinnati Stingers. On the international stage, he also represented the United States at the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Sapporo, the 1976 Canada Cup and the 1981 Canada Cup.
Ftorek was the head coach in the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings from 1987 to 1989, the New Jersey Devils from 1998 to 2000 and the Boston Bruins from 2001 to 2003. While with the Kings, Ftorek was the first Kings head coach to coach the great Wayne Gretzky. He has also been the head coach of the New Haven Knighthawks of the American Hockey League (1985-1988), Halifax Citadels of the AHL (1989-1990), Utica Devils of the AHL (1992-1993), Albany River Rats of the AHL (1993-1996 and 2003-2006), Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League (2007-2013) and the Admirals since 2016.
Get your Tickets to see the Atlanta Gladiators and Norfolk Admirals on Dec. 30 at the Infinite Energy Arena today!