The Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins and the American Hockey League’s Providence Bruins.
Higgs, 24, returns to the Gladiators for his third season with the team. Appearing in 69 games with Atlanta in 2015-16, the Kingston, Ontario native notched 42 points (20g-22a) and ranked second on the team in goals and fourth in penalty minutes (63). Prior to turning pro in 2014, Higgs played four years at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, serving as team captain in his senior season.
McKay’s rights were acquired by the Gladiators from the Brampton Beast in June to complete a December 2015 trade. McKay, who wrapped up a four year collegiate career with the Lake Superior State Lakers earlier this spring, appeared in two games with the Beast at the end of the 2015-16 season. In 103 games with the Lakers, the Toronto native recorded 13 points (8g-5a) and was named team captain in his senior season. The 25-year-old was also selected as Lake Superior State’s 2016 Jim Howie Unsung Hero.