Gladiators, Blue Jackets Announce Affiliation

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have signed an affiliation agreement with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League and the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

The Gladiators will continue to serve as the ECHL affiliate for the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL and the Chicago Wolves of the AHL for the seventh season in a row.

The Wolves are coached by Don Granato, who led Peoria to a 45-20-5 record and the Kelly Cup championship in 1999-2000 after two seasons as head coach and general manager for Columbus. The assistant coach for the Wolves is former ECHL player and coach Jason Christie, who was the Most Valuable Player of the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 2000 and head coach of Utah from 2005-08 and Peoria from 2000-05.

Team Press Release