Spivak returns to Gwinnett’s blue line

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced the return of defenseman Daniel Spivak for the 2014-15 season.

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

Spivak, 25, was the team’s plus-minus leader for the majority of last season, going +14 in a Gwinnett sweater. He finished with a minus in only 15 of his 65 games played, and never went below a -1. He also finished the year with 10 points (1g-9a) and 46 penalty minutes.

A native of Netanya, Israel, Spivak was loaned out by the Gladiators in early April to compete in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Belgrade, Serbia. Spivak was named an alternate captain for Team Israel, representing his home country in the World Championships for the 10th straight year.

Before joining the Gladiators, Spivak spent a year with the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League, where he registered 13 points (3g-10a) in 46 games. The blue-liner was also integral for four years at R.I.T., where he played in 122 games, and was named team captain for his senior year.