Atlanta Re-Signs Former Gwinnett Forward Stuart

ATLANTA – The Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed re-signed restricted free agent forward Colin Stuart, who played for the Gwinnett Gladiators as a rookie, to a multi-year contract.

The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Thrashers of the NHL and the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the fifth round (135th overall) by the Thrashers in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 25 year old had four points (1g-3a) in five games with Gwinnett as a rookie in 2004-05 while also playing in the AHL where he had five points (3g-2a) in 39 games with Chicago.

In 2006-07 with Chicago, the 6-foot-2 and 205-pound left wing had career highs with 18 goals, 29 points and 75 penalty minutes in 67 games and was third on the team with a plus-minus rating of +17. In his first professional postseason, he added seven points (2g-5a) and 10 penalty minutes in 15 games in the Calder Cup Playoffs for the Wolves.

In his first three professional seasons, Stuart has 61 points (34g-27a) and 152 penalty minutes in 184 regular season games with Chicago and four points (1g-3a) in five games with Gwinnett.