The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL will have a wiener dog race on Dec. 27 at the Infinite Energy Arena when they host the Florida Everblades. During the first intermission, registered dogs will race each other in various heats, with the winning dogs facing each other in a championship race.
Each participant in the wiener dog race will receive a code for discounted tickets so family and friends can watch. The owner of the winning dog will receive will receive a Gladiators prize pack. To register, please email the Gladiators at email@example.com or call (770) 497-5100. In order to participate, dogs must weigh less than 25 pounds.
In transaction news, the Gladiators made a trade with the Worcester Railers on Dec. 9. The Gladiators acquired forward Nick Bligh from the Railers for future considerations. Bligh had five goals and four assists for nine points in 19 games this season with the Railers. The Gladiators become Bligh's seventh ECHL team as he has also played for the South Carolina Stingrays, Adirondack Thunder, Indy Fuel, Wichita Thunder and the Quad City Mallards. Prior to his ECHL career, Bligh played four seasons at Dartmouth College.
The Gladiators have also signed center Jared Ross out of retirement at 36 years of age. Ross played one game with the Gwinnett Gladiators back in 2005-06 and has played 13 National Hockey League regular season games with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Two other Gladiators have been promoted. Matt Lane was promoted to the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League and Tanner Pond was promoted to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. Lane had two goals and five assists for seven points in eight games this season with the Gladiators and Pond had two goals and five assists for seven points in only three games with the Gladiators. Pond has one assist in nine games with Providence.
The Gladiators have a record of five wins, 12 regulation losses and five losses in extra time for 15 points. The Everblades have a record of 14 wins, five regulation losses and four losses in extra time for 32 points. Florida has the third most points in the ECHL. They only trail the Newfoundland Growlers at 37 points and the Cincinnati Cyclones at 35 points.
The Gladiators leading scorer is Brett McKenzie, who has six goals and 10 assists for 16 points. The Everblades leading scorer is Joe Cox, who has 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points.
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