Gladiators add defenseman DeHart

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of defenseman Tony DeHart for the 2014-15 season.

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

DeHart, a fifth-round selection (125th overall) of the New York Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, split his time last season with St. Charles of the Central Hockey League and the Florida Everblades, scoring 12 points (2g-10a) over 19 total games with the two squads. In 129 professional contests, the 24-year-old has 54 points (11g-43a) and 123 penalty minutes.

The Ballwin, Mo. native had a breakout season in 2012-13, scoring 30 points (5g-25a) over 62 games with Stockton, tied for second-most among Thunder defensemen. That year, he also played in all 23 of the Thunder’s playoff games during their run up to the Kelly Cup Finals.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound defenseman played for five seasons in the Ontario Hockey League, his first two years with the London Knights before moving on to the Oshawa Generals, where he was named to the OHL All-Star Game in 2009-10. In 261 total OHL games, DeHart registered 116 points (23g, 93a) and 302 penalty minutes.