Thrashers Sign Hnidy, Smyth

ATLANTA, Ga. – The Atlanta Thrashers announced that they have signed defenseman Shane Hnidy, who played for the Florida Everblades in 2004-05, and right wing Adam Smyth, who played for the Gwinnett Gladiators in 2004-05.

The Thrashers acquired Hnidy from Nashville for a fourth-round selection in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The Gwinnett Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Thrashers and of the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

One of 10 players who played all or most of their games in the National Hockey League in 2003-04 who played in the ECHL in 2004-05, Hnidy helped Florida advance to the Kelly Cup Finals with four assists in 17 postseason games and had five points (1g-4a) in 19 regular season games.

In his first professional season in 2004-05, the 22-year-old Smyth led the Gladiators with 217 penalty minutes and scored 16 points (6g-10a) in 49 regular season games and led the team with 28 penalty minutes and five points (3g-2a) in eight Kelly Cup Playoff games. He also played in the AHL with Chicago, registering two penalty minutes in three games.

Hnidy began his professional career with Baton Rouge of the ECHL in 1996-97. The 28-year-old Hnidy scored 13 points (3g-10a) in 21 regular season games with Baton Rouge before being called up to Saint John of the American Hockey League where he scored 14 points (2g-12a) in 44 regular season games.

Selected in the seventh round (173rd overall) by Buffalo in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Hnidy has 22 points (4g-18a) and 353 penalty minutes in 198 regular season NHL games and two points (1g-1a) and 18 penalty minutes in 19 NHL playoff games.

The 6-1 and 215-pound Smyth played four seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with Ottawa and Owen Sound, accumulating 556 penalty minutes and 44 points (23g-21a) in 172 regular season games and 67 penalty minutes and 13 points (9g-4a) in 35 playoff games.