There was good news this week for a friend of TVOS, as the Gwinnett Gladiators in the ECHL announced that former Ottawa 67’s captain and Arnprior, Ontario native Will Colbert had signed on with the team for the upcoming season. Colbert and Winchester, Ontario native Bryan Helmer were featured last month in a TVOS article discussing their contract situations.
The Ottawa Senators selected Colbert in the 2003 NHL draft but when they did not sign the defencemen, he re-entered the draft in 2005 and was selected by the San Jose Sharks organization. Already committed to attend and play hockey at St. Francis Xavier University in the Maritimes, the Sharks agreed with Colbert’s decision to complete his education. He earned his degree in kinesiology and captained the X-Men during his time there. In 109 games during his University career, he scored 12 goals and added 41 assists.
Upon the completion of his schooling, Colbert joined the Sharks organization and began his professional career last season, splitting the year between the Worcester Sharks (AHL) and the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL). In 19 games with Worcester, he assisted on one goal before joining the K-Wings. In 37 games with the ECHL team, he scored four goals and added five assists.
Speaking with Colbert before he left for training camp it was clear the 6’2 defenceman was happy to be heading to Gwinnet and continuing his professional hockey career. By joining the Gladiators, Colbert is reunited with his good friend and fellow defenceman Sam Roberts, a teammate at St. Francis Xavier University; the pair will no doubt be a formidable defence pair for the Gladiators this season. Look for an interview with Gwinnett’s dynamic defensive duo in the future here at The Voice of Sport.
The Gwinnett Gladiators finished last season with a 31-33-5-3 record last year, missing the playoffs in the South Division. They will be an improved team this season, with a good mix of returning players and new talent. The Gladiators get their season underway on October 15th against the Florida Everblades and the home opener is October 22nd against the South Carolina Stingrays.