Gladiators ink Walker for second season

DULUTH, Ga. – A season after leading the Gwinnett Gladiators in lighting the lamp, forward Brenden Walker has re-signed with the team for the 2014-15 season.

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

Walker, who turned 22 on June 26, finished sixth on the Gladiators as a rookie with 36 points (22g-14a). He book-ended the Gladiators season by scoring the team’s first goal of the year in an Oct. 18 loss to Greenville, and scoring the team’s final goal on April 1h, a game where he notched the Gladiators’ lone hat trick of the year.

Walker started his professional career as a part of the Arizona (then-Phoenix) Coyotes Training Camp in September 2013, before receiving a prospect assignment to the Gladiators in early October. Prior last season, he flourished for four years in Canada’s Western Hockey League, scoring 228 points (93g-135a) over 269 games.