Gladiators agree to terms with Hutchings, Lefebvre

DULUTH, Ga. – The
Gwinnett Gladiators added more firepower to the lineup up front and on the blue line Wednesday, as the team announced the signing of forward Alex Hutchings and defenseman Martin Lefebvre.

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

Hutchings, 22, split the past three seasons between the Norfolk Admirals and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. He racked up 34 points (14g-20a) in 40 games with the Everblades last season, while compiling three goals and three assists in 24 games with Syracuse. A fourth round draft pick (93rd overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the Burlington, Ontario native has 84 points (39g-45a) in 114 career ECHL games, with 11 points (5g-6a) in 37 career AHL games.

Lefebvre, 21, provided a spark from the point over the past five seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Terrebonne, Quebec native had at least 40 points in each of his past three seasons with Quebec, finishing the 2012-13 campaign with seven goals and 33 assists in 56 games while serving as team captain.