The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.
Bonar, 27, returns to Atlanta after leading the team in goals-against average (2.69), save percentage (.920) and shutouts (3) last season. In 29 games played with the Gladiators in 2017-18, the Delta, British Columbia native earned a record of 13-10-1 and stopped 38 of 41 shots in an overtime loss to Florida in his one playoff appearance. His three shutouts tied him for fifth-most among all ECHL goalies. Bonar backstopped the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League during the 2016-17 campaign with a record of 32-15-2, a 2.07 goals-against average and .927 save percentage while being named the SPHL’s Most Valuable Player. During the fifth-year pro’s record-breaking season in Fayetteville, he set all-time SPHL highs for wins in a season (32) and minutes played (2,956).
The former netminder at Princeton University had 22 career appearances in the ECHL for Indy, Orlando, Brampton, Fort Wayne and Wichita over the course of the three seasons before last year. Bonar touts dominating numbers at the SPHL level with a career record of 47-19-2, 1.99 goals-against average and a .932 save percentage for Fayetteville and Pensacola.