Gladiators bolster blue line with Stejskal, Register

DULUTH, Ga. – Defensemen Joe Stejskal and Matt Register have agreed to terms with the Atlanta Gladiators for the 2015-16 season.

The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.

Stejskal returns to the Gladiators where he started last season before he was dealt to the Toledo Walleye on March 9. The Grand Rapids, Minn. native appeared in 16 games for the Walleye at the end of the regular season where he notched four points (1g-3a), before helping Toledo reach the Eastern Conference Finals with three points (2g-1a) in 15 playoff games. As the Gladiators’ alternate captain last season, the defenseman produced 22 points (4g-18a) in 48 games played before being traded. Stejskal also competed in seven games in the AHL for the Iowa Wild during the 2014-15 campaign.

The 27-year-old brings nine career points in 100 games of AHL experience with the Hamilton Bulldogs and Iowa Wild. In addition to his time in the AHL, Stejskal has skated in 155 ECHL games with the Gladiators, Toledo, Wheeling and Florida notching a total of 49 points (8g-41a) in those contests. Before commencing his professional hockey career, Stejskal completed a four-year stint with the NCAA’s Dartmouth College. In 126 career games played for the Big Green from 2007-11, Stejskal engineered 32 points (14g-18a) and served as the team’s alternate captain for his senior season.

Register had his rights acquired by the Gladiators earlier this summer to complete the trade deadline deal that sent Gary Nunn to the Ontario Reign. The Calgary, Alberta native spent three seasons with the Reign in which he registered 107 points (32g-75a) in 144 games. During his tenure in Ontario, Register was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 2013-14 and 2014-15 along with being awarded the ECHL Defenseman of the Year honors in 2014. The 25-year-old scored 18 points (7g-11a) in 19 playoff games last season as the Reign made a run to the Western Conference Finals.

Register has spent some time in the AHL as he skated in six games for the Chicago Wolves last season, posting four assists. He his professional career in the Central Hockey League in 2011-12. Register tallied 20 points (3g-17a) in 73 games played in the CHL for Allen, Tulsa and Arizona from 2011-13. Prior to turning pro, Register appeared in 166 games played for the AJHL’s Bonnyville Pontiacs.