The Atlanta Gladiators have made a trade with the Adirondack Thunder. The ECHL deal has seen the Gladiators acquire right winger Phil Lane from the Thunder for forward Eric Neiley.
Lane played 26 games for the Thunder in 2016-17. He had 10 goals and six assists for 16 points with 43 penalty minutes and was a +8. A second round draft pick, 52nd overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2010 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Lane played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Brampton Battalion. He then went on to play three seasons in the American Hockey League with the Portland Pirates and one season with the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons. Despite being drafted high by the Coyotes seven years ago, he has not yet played in the National Hockey League.
Neiley has played the last two seasons with the Gladiators. Last year he had 27 goals and 20 assists for 47 points and was a -13. Like Lane, Neiley has an aggressive side to his game. In 61 games with the Gladiators last year, Neiley had 96 penalty minutes. In 108 games with the Gladiators, Neiley had 155 penalty minutes. Prior to playing for the Gladiators, Neiley played with Dartmouth College of the NCAA and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League. For Gladiators ticket information, please click here.