The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.
Gacek joined the Gladiators from the Orlando Solar Bears in March in exchange for forward Justin Buzzeo. In 16 games played with Atlanta, the 24-year-old posted 11 points (4g-7a). Prior to his time with the Gladiators, the Dracut, Mass. native appeared in 43 games with Orlando and South Carolina, totaling 41 points (22g-19a).
The rights to Danford were acquired in June, completing the Buzzeo trade. The 28-year-old skated in 51 games with Orlando last season, notching 20 points (6g-14a) and a +21 rating. During a four-year collegiate career at Canisius College, Danford amassed 84 points in 158 games.