Gladiators agree to terms with Southern, Lee

DULUTH, Ga. – The
Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of forwards Dirk Southern and C.J. Lee on Wednesday.

Southern, 30, racked up 19 goals and 39 assists in 74 games as a Gladiator during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. A seventh-round selection (218th overall) of the Anaheim Ducks in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Southern played professionally the past three years in Denmark and Italy, producing 21 points (7g-14a) in 30 games for the Danish team EfB Ishockey last season.

The Winnipeg, Manitoba native played collegiately at Northern Michigan University, where he finished his four-year career with 122 points (43g-79a) in 149 games.

Lee, 24, wrapped up his collegiate career with R.P.I. as team captain last season, posting 14 points (8g-6a) in 36 games. The Staten Island, N.Y. native played in 133 games over his four-year stint with the Engineers, totaling 52 points (19g-33a) and 196 penalty minutes.

Lee received R.P.I’s Ben Mayo Most Inspirational Player Award last season, and was also a finalist for the 2013 Hockey Commissioners Association Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.