Anson Carter has grow to be part owner of the Atlanta Gladiators, the Arizona Coyotes’ ECHL associate.
Atlanta introduced Tuesday that Carter, an NHL analyst on TNT who performed 674 NHL video games for 8 groups from 1996-2007, is its new minority owner and Alex Campbell, director of operations for Capital Staffing Solutions, is the brand new majority owner.
“I am excited to be a part of professional hockey here in my adopted hometown,” Carter stated. “I’ll be actively involved to ensure that Gladiators hockey is widely accepted not only here in Atlanta, but becomes a brand known internationally in the hockey world.”
Carter, a member of the NHL Player Inclusion Committee, stated he turned into in possession after conversations with Campbell, league commissioner Ryan Crelin, Andrew Kaufman, owner of the ECHL Jacksonville Icemen, and after attending a Gladiators recreation.
“I had no idea what the ECHL was all about — I was so focused on my playing and broadcast career,” Carter stated. “I went to my first ‘Glads’ game last year and I was pleasantly surprised to see all the NHL jerseys in the stands. It totally caught me off guard.”
Carter stated he realized that the ECHL is a top quality developmental league the place greater than 727 avid gamers skated earlier than achieving the NHL and the place a number of NHL coaches honed their talents.
“You look at a coach like Jared Bednar, he won a championship in the ECHL (with South Carolina in 2009) before he moved up to the AHL and then to the NHL to lead the Colorado Avalanche to the Stanley Cup last season,” he stated. “You look at (Seattle Kraken forward) Yanni Gourde, a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he spent time in the ECHL.”
The Gladiators had been 43-24-4-1 and completed 2nd in the ECHL’s South Division in the back of the Florida Everblades (42-20-6-4) final season. Atlanta was once swept in 4 video games by means of Jacksonville in the 2022 Kelly Cup South Division semifinals.
Atlanta was once house to 2 NHL franchises — the Flames from 1972 to 1980 and the Thrashers from 1999-2011. The Flames relocated to Calgary and the Thrashers turned into the second one incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets.
Carter stated he is bullish at the expansion of Atlanta and the remainder of the state as a hockey marketplace as a result of of what he is noticed in contemporary years. The Savannah Ghost Pirates, the Vegas Golden Knights ECHL associate, will make their debut Saturday; flooring was once damaged in Athens for a hockey-conducive $130 million enviornment in April; the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech have membership hockey techniques; and the Atlanta space has an lively grownup league and formative years hockey scene, he stated.
“With a market as large as Atlanta, with the appetite being there, you just have to find a way to develop that connectivity within that hockey ecosystem and that’s something I’ve been slowly trying to build the last few years,” he stated.
Crelin welcomed Carter and Campbell to the ECHL Tuesday, pronouncing “through their vision and commitment to market, hockey in Gwinnett County and the greater Atlanta region is going to grow to new heights, and we are eager to work with them as they embark on the 2022-23 season and beyond.”