Former Atlanta Gladiator Michael Pelech signed with the Glasgow Clan of the Elite Ice Hockey League in the United Kingdom. Pelech, the older brother of the New York Islanders defensemen Adam Pelech, led the Gladiators in Assists with 57 and was 2nd on the team with 86 total points this past season. Pelech’s older brother Matt spent one season with the Belfast Giants of the EIHL, so I’m sure he will receive pointers about the league. Pelech appeared on the Glasgow “X” (formerly Twitter) page to introduce himself to the Clan fans. ” I can’t wait to get to Scotland, and get the season started,” Mike said as he filmed from Toronto, Canada. In the press release put out by the Clan, head coach Jason Morgan is certainly pleased with the addition. “Mike is a big, natural two-way center who excels in all areas of the game and another key piece of our team’s success.”
The Gladiators find themselves down another key piece from last season’s team that was in the playoff hunt until the last week of the season. of the 11 players signed for the 2023-24 season, only five are returning from last year, and only two of them (Cody Sylvester and Dylan Carabia) played more than 50 games with the Gladiators. Tomorrow is the deadline for teams to sign restricted free agents, and after the deadline, those players would then become unrestricted free agents with the freedom to sign with any team. The Gladiators switch from the Arizona Coyotes to the Nashville Predators as their parent affiliation also restricted Atlanta from bringing back players who were signed with the Coyotes organization. Expect more changes to the roster as we get closer to the start of the season. The Gladiators take on the Savannah Ghost Pirates October 21st as the opener to the 2023-24 regular season.