Gladiators receive pair from Providence

DULUTH, Ga. – Defenseman Max Iafrate and forward Eric Neiley have been assigned to the Atlanta Gladiators by the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League.

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

Playing in his first full season in professional hockey, Iafrate has skated in two games for Providence. The Livonia, Mich. native made his pro debut last year as he appeared in one game for the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL after completing his junior career with the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers. In five OHL seasons for the Rangers and Plymouth Whalers, the 21-year-old earned 97 points (34g-63a) in 301 games. The rookie defender is the son of former NHL defenseman Al Iafrate, a first-round pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, who scored 152 goals and 463 total points over a 15-year career with Toronto, Washington, Boston and San Jose.

Neiley began his rookie season by playing three games for the P-Bruins. The 23-year-old first appeared for Providence at the end of last season in one game after completing his senior season at Dartmouth College. The Warminster, Pa. native compiled an impressive collegiate career for the Big Green with 94 points (45g-49a) in 129 games. During his senior year in 2014-15, Neiley was the only player in the NCAA to lead his team in five statistical categories placing first on Dartmouth in goals (14), assists (16), points (30), game-winning goals (6) and penalty minutes (36).