Chicago Blackhawks Name Gwinnett Gladiators Their New ECHL Affiliate

Michael Wagner@MichaelDWagnerSenior Analyst IDecember 28, 2008

The Chicago Blackhawks have announced a new ECHL affiliation today with the Gwinnett Gladiators. Dale Tallon spoke to the media yesterday about the new affiliation with Gwinnett;

“We are proud to announce this agreement with the Gladiators, who are such an established organization,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “Jeff Pyle has a proven record of developing young players in what is a very successful environment.”

The 'Hawks were forced to find a new affilate in the ECHL after their former affiliate, Fresno Falcons, ceased operations because of financial reasons.

The Gladiators current record in the ECHL is 12-13-4 which ranks second to last in the ECHL's American Conference. Although the team has a poor record this season, they have a record of 228-121-27 since their entry into the ECHL in 2003.

The 'Hawks will likely assign the prospects that they had in Fresno to the Gladiators for their game on Monday against the Mississippi Sea Wolves.

This is a great affiliation for the Gladiators as they have struggled in the goaltending department and will receive 'Hawks goalie prospect Joe Fallon who has been extremely solid during his first professional hockey season.

Although it is still troubling that the Fresno Falcons needed to shut down their hockey club mid-way through the season, it is good to see that the 'Hawks prospects have a place to call home once again.

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