Brookwell agrees to terms with Gladiators

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators have agreed to terms with defenseman Cody Brookwell for the 2012-13 season.

The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

Brookwell earned a career best 15 points (4g-11a) in 63 games last season with the Gladiators. His +13 rating led Gladiators defensemen in that category. He also appeared in four Kelly Cup Playoff games last year with Gwinnett.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound defenseman began his professional career with Gwinnett in the 2010-11 season. Brookwell earned seven points (2g-5a) in 48 games with the Gladiators.

Before he began his professional career, the Calgary, Alberta, native played four seasons at the University of Denver from 2006-10. He earned 12 points (3g-9a) in 136 career collegiate games with the Pioneers. Brookwell was named to the WCHA All-Academic Team in his senior season as he led the University of Denver in blocked shots.