Sean Bonar Re-Signs with Atlanta Gladiators

Photo courtesy of:  Princeton Communications Department
Photo courtesy of: Princeton Communications Department

The following article was posted on on Tuesday, August 21 featuring former Princeton standout Sean Bonar.

By Christine Troyke

The Atlanta Gladiators re-signed goaltender Sean Bonar, a favorite among fans and teammates last season, and announced the contract Tuesday.

Atlanta’s primary NHL affiliate in Boston liked what it saw from the 27-year-old netminder and is bringing him to camp with AHL Providence.

“Boston wasn’t sure of the (goaltending) situation they had,” Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said. “We talked and they just said they wanted to bring him to camp and see what he could do. I thought that was a great opportunity and it was really nice of Boston to reach out that way. They saw he worked hard and wanted to give him a shot.

“It’s a good story of how this league (the ECHL) should work. Boston, and Providence, made a good decision on a guy who deserves it.”

Atlanta called Bonar up from SPHL Pensacola in November last year when Boston assigned Dan Vladar to Providence.

Two days after he was signed, Bonar made 34 saves to beat Kansas City in his Gladiators debut. He was returned to Pensacola shortly after, but brought back again a week later when Matt Ginn went down with an injury.

By mid-January, Bonar was 6-1-0-1 with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage for Atlanta. The Gladiators even opted to keep him as a third goalie during a stretch in December when Nashville had sent Matt O’Connor despite not being primarily affiliated with Atlanta.

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