The Gwinnett Gladiators have hired former Gladiators defenseman Rick Emmett as an Assistant Coach for the 2011-12 season.
The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres and Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and the Rochester Americans and Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.
Emmett played three seasons with the Gladiators from 2003-2006 and helped Gwinnett capture the 2006 American Conference Championship. In 149 career games with the Gladiators, Emmett earned 67 points (24g-43a) as a defenseman.
The Etobicoke, Ontario native played 11 professional season in the ECHL, IHL and the UHL. In five seasons with the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League from 1996-2001, Emmett helped the Mallards capture the Colonial Hockey League Championship in 1997 and the United Hockey League Championship in 1998.
Since his retirement from professional hockey, Emmett has served as the head coach of the former Atlanta Jr. Thrashers now the Atlanta Phoenix Squirt AA and Pee Wee Minor AA youth hockey teams based out of the Ice Forum in Duluth.