High-scoring Haddad returns to Gwinnett

Joey Haddad, a key component to the Gwinnett Gladiators offense for the past two seasons, has re-signed with the team for the 2013-14 season.

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

Haddad, 24, racked up 33 points (19g-14a) in 44 games with Gwinnett last season. Despite missing time with an injury, the Sydney, Nova Scotia native still finished fourth on the team in goals, and had at least one point in 16 of 24 games from February through March. He also scored four goals in ten playoff games for the Gladiators.

The 6’2”, 200 pound forward split his 2011-12 season between Gwinnett and two American Hockey League teams, finishing with 35 points (17g-18a) in 43 games as a Gladiator. He also scored one goal in 11 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, and was held without a point in eight games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Prior to that, Haddad spent two seasons jumping between the Wheeling Nailers and the American Hockey League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.