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Gladiators sign trio of forwards


DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have agreed to terms with forwards Nathan Condon, Kyle Gibbons and Brad Navin for the 2015-16 season.

The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

Condon was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the seventh round (200th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. The Wausau, Wis. native began last season, his first as a professional, with the Fort Wayne Komets where he posted 15 points (4g-11a) in 19 games. The 25-year-old center left the Komets to finish last season with Sparta Sarpsborg of the Norwegian Elite League (GET-ligaen). In 17 games with the Warriors, Condon produced 12 points (3g-9a) to go along with eight points in 11 playoff matches.

Before turning pro, Condon skated four seasons for the University Of Minnesota from 2010-14. In 159 collegiate games, Condon amassed 103 points (40g-63a). Prior to his tenure with the Golden Gophers, Condon had a successful junior career with the Fargo Force of the USHL where he helped the team reach the Clark Cup Finals in both of his two seasons in North Dakota.

Gibbons joins the Gladiators after he scored four points last season as a rookie over 23 games with the Indy Fuel and Wichita Thunder. The native of Westlake, Ohio spent the majority of the season in Wichita, generating all four of his points in 20 games for the Thunder.

The 24-year-old forward turned pro at the end of the 2013-14 season after he finished up school at Canisius College. He signed with the Toledo Walleye where he appeared in 10 games recording three assists. Gibbons was a standout for Canisius, as he registered 130 points in 152 career games. In 2012-13, Gibbons led the Golden Griffins to their first-ever Atlantic Hockey Association title and a NCAA Division I National Tournament berth, also a first in school history. He finished that season 12th in the NCAA in points (43) and eighth in goals (21). Prior to his time at school, he played one season for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL and recorded 29 points (14g-15a) in 56 games.

Navin is set to embark on his first season in professional hockey after concluding a successful four-season career for the University of Wisconsin. The 23-year-old forward finished his collegiate career for his home state Badgers with 52 points in 136 games played and was named team captain for his senior season in Madison. The native of Waupaca, Wis. was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the seventh round (197th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.