Atlanta Gladiators sign defenseman Ryan Lannon

The Atlanta Gladiators have signed defenseman Ryan Lannon. The 34 year-old blueliner was drafted in the eighth round, 239th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2002 National Hockey League Entry Draft. 

Lannon has a wealth of hockey experience. In addition to playing with the United States National Development Team, he has played for four years with Harvard University, three years with the Wikes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League,  some time in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage, Houston Aeros, Lake Erie Monsters and Worcester Sharks. 

Lannon has also spent three seasons in Europe. He played two years with KalPa Kupio in Finland and one year with Graz EC in Austria. To begin the 2017-18 season, Lannon played his first four games in the ECHL as he was a member of the Worcester Railers, an affiliate of the New York Islanders. Lannon did not register a point and was a -3. 

The Gladiators are encouraging fans to bring can foods or non-parishable food items to the box office for their game on Thanksgiving (Nov. 23) against the South Carolina Stingrays at the Infinite Energy Arena. Those who donate will receive four premium tickets at a discounted rate of $11.50 per ticket. That is a discount of nearly 50%. For Gladiators ticket information, please click here.