The Atlanta Gladiators acquired Branden Troock from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Monday for future considerations. A right-winger, Troock has had a fine offensive season for the Swamp Rabbits as he is averaging more than a point per game. In 35 games, Troock has 16 goals and 21 assists for 37 points. He also has 20 penalty minutes and is a -4.
Troock was a fifth-round pick, 134th overall, by the Dallas Stars in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft. After a strong Western Hockey League career with the Seattle Thunderbirds, Troock played with the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. In addition to Texas, he also played in the AHL with the Tucson Roadrunners and the Hartford Wolf Pack.
The Gladiators become the third ECHL franchise Troock has played for. In addition to the Gladiators and Swamp Rabbits, Troock played parts of three seasons with the Idaho Steelheads.
Ironically, it is the Steelheads that the Gladiators will play on March 13 at the Infinite Energy Arena. Like the Texas Stars, the Steelheads are an affiliate of the Dallas Stars.
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