DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators have been assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and defenseman Justin Weller from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League by the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League. In addition, the Gladiators have signed forward Tony Lucia.
Domingue is in his first professional season after he earned a 23-8-4 record last year in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Quebec Remparts. He notched a .914 save percentage and a 2.61 goals against average in the QMJHL to rank fourth among netminders last season. In five seasons in the QMJHL, the Mont St-Hilaire, Quebec native compiled 94 wins, recorded 42 losses and seven ties. He has also posted a career .914 save percentage with Moncton and Quebec.
Domingue was drafted by the Coyotes in the 5th round (138th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Weller skated with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League in each of the past five seasons. Last year in Red Deer, Weller earned eight points (3g-5a) in 39 games. In five seasons in the WHL, Weller notched 41 points (9g-32a) in 259 career junior games.
The Daysland, Alberta native was drafted by the Coyotes in the 4th round (105th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Lucia earned 27 points (8g-19a) in 46 games last season with the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League. He also notched a +8 rating with Worcester.
The Plymouth, Minn. native has skated with Worcester in each of the past three seasons. Lucia earned 82 points (34g-48a) in 160 career collegiate games with the University of Minnesota from 2006-10.