Defenseman Drew Baker has decided to come out of retirement and rejoin the Atlanta Gladiators. At 32 years of age, Baker played 59 games for the Gladiators last season and had three goals and 10 assists for 13 points and was a -13.
Since his return to professional hockey, Baker has one assist and two penalty minutes in two regular-season games with the Gladiators. In 2017-18, Baker also played two games for the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League and had two assists for two points in two games and had 12 penalty minutes. He also was a +2 with the Gladiators and the Ice Flyers.
For only the second time in his professional hockey career, Baker reached 100 penalty minutes a year ago. He also had 135 penalty minutes with the Augusta RiverHawks of the SPHL during the 2011-12 season.
The Gladiators also announced that Rick Pinkston, also a defenseman, has returned to the Gladiators after a brief call-up to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Pinkston has two goals and eight assists for 10 points in 31 games with the Gladiators this season.