Former NHL player and current TNT analyst Anson Carter tries his hand at owning a professional hockey team. The Atlanta Gladiators, ECHL affiliate of the Arizona Coyotes, announced a transfer of control in the ownership of the team on Tuesday. The league’s Board of Governors has approved the change of ownership from Danor Vienna, LLC to ATL Hockey Group, LLC. Alex Campbell will be the majority owner while Carter will become the minority owner.
It’s the first foray into professional team ownership for Carter, 48, who now lives in Atlanta with his wife and children.
« I’m thrilled to be a part of professional hockey here in my adopted hometown, » Carter told NHL.com’s William Douglas. « I will be actively involved in ensuring Gladiators hockey is widely accepted not only here in Atlanta, but becomes an internationally recognized brand in the hockey world. »
Carter became interested in the ECHL property after having conversations with Campbell, league commissioner Ryan Crelin and Jacksonville Icemen owner Andrew Kaufman and after attending a Gladiators game, Douglas reports. Carter sees Atlanta as a growth market for hockey.
Carter played in 674 NHL games, scoring 202 goals, going over 20 five times and scoring a career-high 33 in 2005-06 with the Vancouver Canucks. He played the last of his 10 NHL seasons in 2006-07. He has worked extensively as an on-air NHL analyst over the past decade, primarily with NBC Sports. He was named to TNT’s studio team in September 2021 and is part of the popular panel alongside Wayne Gretzky and Paul Bissonnette.
The Gladiators originated as Mobile Mysticks in 2002, became the Gwynett Gladiators in 2003, and have been the Atlanta Gladiators since 2015. They have never won the Kelly Cup as league champions and have qualified for the playoffs for the second time in their last eight seasons. in 2021-22, compiling a record of 43-24-4-1.