Trio of forwards rejoin Gladiators

DULUTH, Ga. – The Atlanta Gladiators announced that they have signed forwards Luke Sandler, Alex Carrier and Todd Skirving to contracts for the 2018-19 season.  

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

Sandler, 25, set career ECHL highs in goals (10), assists (12), points (22) and games played (65) with the Gladiators last season. The Chicago native led Atlanta in penalty minutes with 190 and eight fighting majors.  In total, the fourth-year pro has earned 25 points (12g-13a) and 296 penalty minutes in 92 ECHL games for Brampton, Elmira and Atlanta.  Sandler has also notched 51 points (30g-21a) and 236 penalty minutes in 80 career Southern Professional Hockey League games with Evansville, Peoria, Louisiana and Knoxville.

Carrier, 27, returns to Atlanta where he amassed 10 points (3g-7a) and 88 penalty minutes in 46 games last season, before being traded to the Allen Americans at the trade deadline. In 13 games with Allen, he registered two assists and skated in two playoff games of the Americans’ first round loss to Idaho. Overall, during his six-year pro career, the St-Elzear, Quebec native has secured 46 points (12g-34a) and 422 penalty minutes in 230 ECHL games.  Carrier played 18 games for the Albany Devils of the AHL from 2014-16.

Skirving, 26, appeared in 44 games in the ECHL last season for Orlando, Utah and Atlanta and accumulated 15 points (7g-8a). The Thunder Bay, Ontario native earned four points (1g-3a) in 19 games with the Gladiators after they acquired the forward from the Utah Grizzlies on Feb. 12. Skirving also appeared in all four of the Gladiators playoff contests. Prior to the start of his pro career, the second-year pro scored 51 points (19g, 32a) in 127 games for the Rochester Institute of Technology.