The Atlanta Gladiators announced their first two promotions for the 2017-18 ECHL season on Wednesday. On Sat. Jan. 27, the Gladiators will have their annual teddy bear toss and on Sat. Feb. 3, they will have a special mesh replica jersey night.
The Gladiators opponent on Jan. 27 will be the Norfolk Admirals (affiliate of the Nashville Predators) and their opponent on Feb. 3 will be the Orlando Solar Bears (affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs). The Gladiators are an affiliate of the Boston Bruins. Both games will be played at the Infinite Energy Arena at 7:05 p.m. Eastern Time.
In the teddy bear toss, fans are encouraged to bring stuffed animals to the game. After the Gladiators score their first goal, fans are encouraged to throw their stuffed animal on to the ice. The animals are then donated to children's charities throughout the Atlanta region.
In the special mesh replica jersey night, fans have an opportunity to buy a special Gladiators mesh jersey for only five dollars. The mesh replica jerseys are reportedly of high quality and available in adult and kid sizes. There are also no restrictions on the number of jerseys a person can purchase. It will be interesting to see what the design will look like because it has not yet been determined.