Gladiators Sign Mahrle, Mason

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have signed rookie defenseman Ryan Mahrle and defenseman Jeff Mason.

The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers of the National Hockey League and the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League.

The 22-year-old Mahrle played the last four seasons at Western Michigan University where he had 70 points (16g-54a) and 139 penalty minutes in 152 games from 2003-07. He signed with Kalamazoo of the United Hockey League after completing his season in 2006-07 and had nine assists and 20 penalty minutes in 13 regular season games and 10 points (4g-6a) and 16 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games.

The 26-year-old Mason had 42 points (11g-31a) and 62 penalty minutes in 71 games for Long Beach in 2006-07.

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