The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL signed right winger Justin McDonald to a contract on Thursday. Last season, MacDonald played for the Fort Wayne Komets and Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL and the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
While with the Thunderbolts in 2017-18, MacDonald had 12 goals and 12 assists for 24 points in only 16 regular season games. He was a +10 with 10 penalty minutes.
In 33 ECHL regular season games in 2017-18, MacDonald had five goals and four assists for nine points, six penalty minutes and was a -6. He played 28 games with the Komets and had five goals and four assists for nine points, four penalty minutes and was a -4. MacDonald also played five games for the Thunder and had zero points, two penalty minutes and was a -2. In the 2018 Kelly Cup Playoffs, MacDonald played 13 postseason games for the Komets and had one goal and one assist for two points, two penalty minutes and was a +2.
The Gladiators become MacDonald's sixth ECHL team. In addition to the Komets and Thunder, MacDonald has played for the Evansville IceMen, Indy Fuel and Cincinnati Cyclones.
MacDonald also had a great 2014-15 season in the Federal Hockey League with the Watertown Wolves. In 46 games, MacDonald led the FHL with 44 goals. He was also second in scoring with 102 points (four points back of Ahmed Mahfouz of the Dayton Demonz), won the FHL Commissioner's Cup and was the league's most valuable player. MacDonald is 27 years of age, 6'1" and 200 pounds.
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