Gladiators bring back Bloodoff

DULUTH, Ga. – The
Gwinnett Gladiators announced the signing of Evan Bloodoff on Wednesday, after the forward scored 20 goals in 52 regular season games with Gwinnett and five more goals in ten playoff games last season.

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

Bloodoff, 22, was selected in the sixth round (157th overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. In his first season as a Gladiator in 2012-13, he finished third on the team in goals (20) and in points (38), to go along with 18 assists. He also finished second on the team in points in the playoffs with eight (5g-3a) in 10 games, and scored the game-winning goal in Game 4 of the Gladiators Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series with South Carolina to help complete the sweep.

The Nelson, British Columbia native spent five seasons in juniors with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League, before debuting as a pro with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League in 2011-12. Bloodoff played in 48 games that season and racked up eight points (6g-2a). He spent most of last season in Gwinnett, but also appeared in nine games with the Pirates.