Duluth, GA – The Atlanta Gladiators, ECHL affiliate of the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins, re-signed a key member of its defense from last year’s team, in Jack Stander. He has played with the club for the past two seasons.
Stander, the 24-year-old defenseman from Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, played college hockey at Canisius College (NY). In four seasons there, he had six goals, 23 assists, for 29 points in 137 career games with the Golden Griffins. After his senior year in 2017-18, he went straight to the Gladiators to help them at end of the year in his first season as a pro.
“It’s an exciting time to be a part of this organization. The way we bounced back as a team last year, especially the second half of the season, was remarkable. That’s the kind of environment you want to be in and the type of organization you want to play for, with key pieces coming back and the momentum we had at the end of last year, I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish,” said Stander.
Last season much like his teammate, the jack of all trades ironed it up for Atlanta, also playing in every game last year. Stander scored three goals, with 12 assists, totaling 15 points and even went to the AHL before the year was out.
“Jack is a solid two-way guy as well, that is sneaky, tough and has a heavy shot. He plays smart on both ends and is really disciplined. I thought he had a great rookie year and played against everyone’s first line for most of the season. He was rewarded with a call up to Syracuse at the end of the year,” add Coach Pyle.
The Atlanta Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier “AA” hockey league and are the Affiliate of the Eastern Conference Champion Boston Bruins. All home games are played at the 9,119-seat Infinite Energy Arena, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth, Georgia. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for providing fun, friendly, family, affordable entertainment and are consistently ranked as one of the best “Things to Do” in the Atlanta Metropolitan area and across the North Georgia region.
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