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DULUTH: Gladiators look to fill hockey void
DULUTH: Gladiators look to fill hockey void

DULUTH, Ga. -- Officials with the Gwinnett Gladiators want to reassure hockey fans that the team's staying put, despite the sale of the Atlanta Thrashers.

The Minor League Gladiators have a different owners group, and the team ended its development affiliation with the Thrashers about a month ago.

The team recently signed a new three-year lease with the Gwinnett Arena and have no plans to move.

In fact, season tickets are now on sale. The home-opener is scheduled for October 21.

The team saw a slight increase in attendance during its second season, which coincided with the NHL lockout.

The Gladiators are a member of the ECHL.

The team's future has generated a lot of buzz on Facebook and Twitter.

"I will be among the crowd more often this year at the Glads games," posted one fan.

"I've got an idea for a promotion next year. Jersey giveaways," posted another. "Bring your Atlanta Thrashers jersey in for a gi bonfire and get a free Gladiators jersey."

Gladiators games are more affordable than Thrashers games, with free parking and less expensive tickets for lower level seats.

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