Columbia Signs Nelson, Gladue

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Columbia Inferno announced that they have signed defensemen Eric Nelson and Gary Gladue.

The Inferno is the ECHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League and the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.

The 6-foot-1 and 200-pound Nelson had seven points (1g-6a) in 70 regular season games and also played two Kelly Cup Playoff games with Atlantic City as a rookie in 2004-05.

The 21-year-old Gladue, who will be attending training camp with the Cleveland Barons of the AHL, played the past five years in the Western Hockey League with Prince George, Calgary and Spokane, registering 111 points (24g-87a) in 307 regular season games and three assists in 13 playoff games.

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