Gladiators agree to terms with Atkinson, Bolton

DULUTH, Ga. – The Atlanta Gladiators announced that defensemen Josh Atkinson and Jacob Bolton have agreed to terms with the organization for the 2016-17 season.

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

Atkinson joined the Gladiators in late March from the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. He appeared in five games with Atlanta, notching two assists. In his senior year with the Nanooks, Atkinson led the defensive corps with 13 assists and 16 points. The Spruce Grove, Alberta native also ranked fifth overall in team scoring and first in penalty minutes with 82 on the year.

Having completed a four-year NCAA career at Holy Cross, Bolton also joined the Gladiators in March. He earned three points (1g-2a) in seven games with Atlanta. Prior to turning pro, Bolton set career highs in his senior season with the Crusaders in assists  (17) and plus/minus (+17).