DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that the organization has re-signed an affiliation agreement with the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. With the signing, the Gladiators will work closely with the Coyotes and the American Hockey League’s Portland Pirates for the fourth consecutive season.
“We’re excited to extend our affiliation with the Coyotes and to continue our part in the hockey and personal development of NHL and AHL prospects for both Arizona and Portland,” said Gladiators President Steve Chapman. “We’ve had quality conversations this year on several topics, and I’m confident the overall player development process for all three organizations will be significantly improved.”
In 2013-14, Arizona assigned eight players to Gwinnett. Coyotes draft selections Justin Weller, Louis Domingue and Mike Lee commuted between Gwinnett and Portland throughout the year. Forwards Brenden Walker, Josh Currie, Philippe Halley and Kevin Veilleux, as well as goaltender Chris Rawlings also began the year with the Gladiators.
Walker and Currie finished fifth and sixth in team scoring with 36 and 31 points, respectively, and Walker led the team in goals scored with 22. Domingue spent the majority of the year in Portland, but made a statement in his short time in the brick and bronze. In just seven ECHL games played, Domingue had a 2.01 goals against average and a .939 save percentage.
“We understand their goals and they understand ours,” said Chapman. “They are a quality organization with quality people and we look forward to working with them again this season.”