Higgs, Frazee sign with Gladiators

DULUTH, Ga. – Forwards Brock Higgs and Thomas Frazee have agreed to terms for the 2015-16 season, the Gwinnett Gladiators announced.

The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.

Higgs, 23, had 18 points (6g-12a) in 41 ECHL games last year, his first full professional season. He began his rookie campaign with the Reading Royals, and spent time with the South Carolina Stingrays and the Fort Wayne Komets, before finding a home with the Gladiators in mid-March via a trade-deadline deal. In just 11 games with Gwinnett, Higgs notched eight points (1g-7a).

The Kingston, Ontario native’s first taste of professional hockey came late in the 2013-14 season when he signed an ATO contract with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL. Higgs registered six points (3g-3a) in 16 games for the Sharks. Prior to turning pro, Higgs played for four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2010-14, serving as captain of the Engineers for his final year at the school.

The Gladiators acquired the rights to Frazee in June from the Greenville Road Warriors, completing an earlier trade that saw forward Scott Arnold come to Gwinnett in exchange for forward Anthony Luciani. The 6-foot-3 210-pound forward scored 41 points (18g-23a) in 67 ECHL games played in 2014-15 with Greenville, Evansville and Fort Wayne. He also spent time in the American Hockey League with the Charlotte Checkers.