Stamler joins Gladiators’ blue line

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that they have signed defenseman Bretton Stamler 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.

Stamler, 27, started and ended the 2013-14 season with the Greenville Road Warriors, notching three points (0g-3a) in 30 regular-season games and adding four points (2g-2a) in 16 postseason contests. On Jan. 4, he signed a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, where he tallied eight points (2g-6a) in 39 games. In 146 career regular-season and playoff games, the native of Edmonton, Alberta has tallied 22 points (9g-13a) and a +13 rating.

A seventh-round selection (214th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Stamler played for Seattle, Edmonton, and Swift Current in the Western Hockey League, recording 104 points (21g-83a) in 363 career games. He also saw action in 138 games with the University of New Brunswick, notching 66 points (18g-48a).