DULUTH, Ga. – The Atlanta Gladiators roster got some much-needed help this week when forward Tanner Pond was reassigned to the team from Providence. Pond was with the Gladiators most of last season, posting 37 points in 61 games. He was in training camp with the Boston Bruins earlier this year and skated in two NHL preseason games.
Mark Divver, Assistant Sports Editor and Hockey Writer for the Providence Journal, said of the move:
“Tanner was basically the low man on the totem pole here with Providence, and since they are on the road for the entire month of December, the Bruins were looking to get him an opportunity to play. You don’t get as much practice time when you travel, so it is better for him to be there for live game action. The coaches like him a lot, he is a hard-working kid and he is hard to play against because of his aggression. The expectation is that he will be back again with Providence this season.”
Expect to see Pond in the lineup Friday night when the Gladiators take on the Orlando Solar Bears at home.
While on the subject of Providence, Atlanta’s primary goalie from last season, Daniel Vladar moved up this year and has settled well into the AHL. Divver added:
“He had a good game Saturday night, a 2-1 win against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He is still young at 21 and that is tough in this league, he just needs some games and years of experience here to get better.”
It is always a boost to the current team to see players such as Pond and Vladar who continue to climb the Bruin ladder.
Climbing the Predators’ ladder up to the American Hockey League is Alex Overhardt, who was recalled from his loan to the Glads. The 21-year-old rookie has nine points (5g, 4a) and 31 penalty minutes in 17 games with the Gladiators this season. The Cherry Hill, CO native heads back to the AHL where he attended training camp with the Milwaukee Admirals but has yet to appear in a game.
Prior to turning pro, Overhardt appeared in 273 Western Hockey League games with the Portland Winterhawks and accumulated 106 points (40G, 66A) and 291 penalty minutes.
Atlanta returns to action tomorrow night, when they host the Orlando Solar Bears.