Florida Everblades

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Florida Everblades
2016–17 ECHL season
Florida Everblades Logo.svg
City Estero, Florida
League ECHL
Conference Eastern
Division South
Founded 1998
Home arena Germain Arena
Colors Navy blue, green and white
                   
Owner(s) Peter Karmanos
General manager Craig Brush
Head coach Brad Ralph
Media Alex Reed
Affiliates Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Franchise history
1998–present Florida Everblades
Championships
Regular season titles 2 (1999–00, 2008–09)
Division Championships 4 (1999–00, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15)
Conference Championships 3 (2003–04, 2004–05, 2011–12)
Kelly Cups 1 (2011–12)

The Florida Everblades are a minor league ice hockey team based in Estero, Florida; near Fort Myers. They play in the ECHL and are affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL). Their home games are played at Germain Arena.

The Everblades were founded in 1998. They play in the South Division of the Eastern Conference in the ECHL. They have only missed the playoffs once in team history (2013–14), and have made three appearances in the Kelly Cup finals, winning in 2012.[1]

History[edit]

Swampee, the mascot of the Florida Everblades

The team was founded in 1998, when current GM Craig Brush was inspired to bring a minor-league hockey team to Southwest Florida while reading a free copy of a National Geographic magazine that featured articles on the Florida Everglades. The team's name derives from the former Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL franchise.

The Everblades' logo features a gator-head design fused in the form of an ice skate. Barnstorm Creative Group, a Vancouver graphic design company, designed the logo. Barnstorm was contacted by Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos, who came up with the idea of choosing the Everblades' colors as blue and green, in tribute to the Hartford Whalers team that Karmanos moved to Raleigh, North Carolina. The Everblades' inaugural home opener featured a pre-game ceremony in which a large alligator was brought onto the ice to pay tribute to the team's name and logo, as well as Florida's vast population of reptile species. The Everblades won their first Kelly Cup on May 23, 2012, against the Las Vegas Wranglers.[2] Brandon MacLean scored the championship-winning-goal in overtime during game five.[3] Everblades goaltender, John Muse, was named the most valuable player of the 2012 Kelly Cup playoffs.[4]

2004 American Conference finals[edit]

In game five of the 2004 American Conference finals, the Everblades faced the Reading Royals in the final game of an epic series. Florida won the first two games at home, but Reading evened the series at home, the next two of the best-of-five series. In game five, the score was tied at the end of regulation, 2-2, so the game was sent to overtime. John McNabb of the Everblades scored on a breakaway to defeat the Royals in front of a record crowd of 7,080 fans at Germain Arena.

2005 playoff brawl[edit]

One famous event that stands out among Blades' fans was during the 2005 ECHL playoffs. With the Everblades hosting the Greenville Grrrowl on April 22, 2005, for the first game of the American Conference semifinals, the teams engaged in a third-period line brawl that would see both teams combine for 197 minutes in penalties.

The brawl stemmed from previous incidents throughout the game. Prior to the brawl, Everblades forward Greg Hornby checked Greenville's Vladimir Gusev hard into the boards behind the net, causing Gusev to leave the game injured. As a result, the pace of the game, as well as checking, would pick up.

With the Blades up 4-1 with under six minutes to play in the third period, Greenville pest Krys Barch screened the net during a Greenville shooting attempt. Everblades defenceman Tim O'Connell checked Barch from behind numerous times, hoping to clear him from in front of the net. Barch, having been fed up with being pressured, turned around, attempting to sucker-punch O'Connell. Instead, O'Connell quickly skated away from the crease before Barch turned around. Barch ended up punching Everblades goalie Tyler MacKay. O'Connell then jumped on top of Barch, and all the players on the ice dropped the gloves for a wild line brawl that saw Florida goalie MacKay and others getting ejected for fighting.

After the mayhem, Craig Kowalski took MacKay's place as netminder. Shortly thereafter, the Everblades' Simon Tremblay fought Greenville's Adam Nightingale as the last fight of the evening. The Everblades went on to win the game, 4-1, and eventually to sweep the series, three games to none. Barch was assessed a one-game suspension for his role in the brawl.[5]

Game two featured no fights and the Everblades won in overtime, 3-2.

2012 Kelly Cup finals[edit]

The Everblades celebrate their victory in game five of the Kelly Cup finals on May 23, 2012.

Florida won the 2012 Kelly Cup playoffs with a 3-2 overtime victory at home in front of a standing-room-only crowd of 7,290.[6] The first period saw Las Vegas Wranglers goalie Joe Fallon beaten by Justin Shugg and Mike Ratchuk, but Las Vegas edged back to even the score by the third, with Ash Goldie and Peter MacArthur beating John Muse to force the overtime.[7] At 4:54 into the overtime, after Ryan Donald passed to Matt Beca, who in turn sent the puck to Brandon MacLean, who beat Fallon and secured the victory.[8]

The win earned Florida the Kelly Cup, and secured a perfect home record of 11-0 in the postseason (two victories over Greenville and three each over Elmira, Kalamazoo, and Las Vegas). Additionally, John Muse earned the Kelly Cup finals MVP award.

In April 2013, owner Peter Karmanos, Jr. announced he would be selling the team along with Germain Arena to "simplify things" in his life, as he had just retired from the company he founded, Compuware.[9] The team was made for sale and is currently being shopped by Park Lane, a sports investment-banking firm that specializes in the sale of sports teams.[10] Since that time, no formal announcements have taken place on the progression of the sale.

Logos[edit]

Through the Everblades' history, they have had three anniversary logos—the fifth-anniversary logo used in 2002-03, the 10th anniversary logo used in 2007-08, and the 15th anniversary logo used in 2012-13.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season Conference Division Regular season Playoffs Individual and team honors
GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pct GF GA Head coach
1998–99 Southern Southeast 70 45 20 0 5 95 0.679 253 180 Bob Ferguson Won conference quarterfinal 3–0 vs. Birmingham
Lost conference semifinal 0–3 vs. Mississippi
John Brophy Award (Bob Ferguson)[11][12]
1999–00 Southern Southeast 70 53 15 0 2 108 0.771 277 181 Bob Ferguson Lost conference quarterfinal 2–3 vs. Augusta Brabham Cup[13]
John Brophy Award Bob Ferguson[11][12]
Plus Performer Award (Andy MacIntyre)[14][15]
2000–01 Southern Southeast 72 38 26 0 8 84 0.583 236 242 Bob Ferguson Lost conference quarterfinal 2–3 vs. Pee Dee Executive of the Year (Craig Brush)[16]
2001–02 Southern Southeast 72 37 27 0 8 82 0.569 207 221 Gerry Fleming Won division wildcard 1–0 vs. South Carolina
Lost conference quarterfinal 2–3 vs. Greenville
2002–03 Southern Southeast 72 35 23 0 14 84 0.583 239 243 Gerry Fleming Lost division wildcard 0–1 vs. Greenville
2003–04 Eastern Southern 72 37 25 0 10 84 0.583 239 221 Gerry Fleming Won division semifinal 3–2 vs. Roanoke
Won Division Finals 3–0 vs. South Carolina
Won conference final 3–2 vs. Reading
Lost Kelly Cup final 1–4 vs. Idaho
Gingher Memorial Trophy[17]
2004–05 American South 72 42 20 4 6 94 0.653 237 192 Gerry Fleming Won conference quarterfinal 3–1 vs. South Carolina
Won in Conference Semifinals 3–0 vs. Greenville
Won conference final 4–2 vs. Charlotte
Lost Kelly Cup final 2–4 vs. Trenton
Gingher Memorial Trophy[17]
Reebok Goaltender of the Year (Chris Madden)[18]
2005–06 American South 72 48 20 3 1 100 0.694 267 208 Gerry Fleming Won division semifinal 3–1 vs. Greenville
Lost division final 1–3 vs. Gwinnett
Sportsmanship Award (Steve Saviano)[19][20]
Reebok Equipment Manager of the Year (John Jennings)[21]
2006–07 American South 72 44 22 4 2 94 0.653 272 212 Gerry Fleming Won division semifinal 3–0 vs. Charlotte
Won division final 4–2 vs. Texas
Lost conference final 3–4 vs. Dayton
2007–08 American South 72 39 25 4 4 86 0.597 230 198 Gerry Fleming Lost division quarterfinal 0–3 vs. Columbia
2008–09 American South 71* 49 17 2 3 103 0.725 269 187 Malcolm Cameron Won division semifinal 4–1 vs. Gwinnett
Lost division final 2–4 vs. South Carolina
Brabham Cup[13]
CCM U+ Most Valuable Player (Kevin Baker)[22]
Leading Scorer (Kevin Baker)[23]
2009–10 American South 72 38 25 4 5 85 0.590 234 221 Malcolm Cameron Won conference quarterfinal 3–2 vs. Elmira
Lost conference semifinal 0–4 vs. Reading
2010–11 Eastern South 72 37 30 1 4 79 0.549 236 222 Greg Poss Lost conference quarterfinal 1–3 vs. Kalamazoo
2011–12 Eastern South 72 39 26 2 5 85 0.590 260 218 Greg Poss Won conference quarterfinal 3–0 vs. Greenville
Won conference semifinal 4–1 vs. Elmira
Won conference final 4–1 vs. Kalamazoo
Won Kelly Cup final 4–1 vs. Las Vegas
Gingher Memorial Trophy[24]
Kelly Cup[3]
Kelly Cup Playoff's Most Valuable Player (John Muse)[25]
2012–13 Eastern South 72 39 22 4 7 89 0.618 260 241 Greg Poss Won conference quarterfinal 4–2 vs. Elmira
Lost conference semifinal 3–4 vs. Reading
Leading Scorer (Mathieu Roy)
2013–14 Eastern South 72 37 27 3 5 82 0.569 240 222 Greg Poss Did not qualify for 2014 Kelly Cup playoffs
2014–15 Eastern East 72 49 16 2 5 105 0.729 267 208 Greg Poss Won division semifinal 4–2 vs. Orlando
Lost division final 2–4 vs. South Carolina
2015–16 Eastern South 72 46 23 1 2 95 .660 226 175 Greg Poss Lost conference quarterfinals 2–4 vs. Wheeling ECHL CCM Rookie of the Year (Matt Willows)
ECHL Community Service Award (Rob Florentino)
Totals 1291 752 409 34 96 0.633 4449 3792 84–67 in playoffs 1 Kelly Cup
2 Brabham Cups
3 Gingher Memorial Trophies
2 John Brophy Awards
* The 2008–09 team played 71 games because of scheduling changes caused by the Augusta Lynx and Fresno Falcons ceasing operations mid-season. Four of the five teams (Florida, Charlotte, South Carolina, Mississippi) played 71 games, with Gwinnett playing 72.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated August 22, 2016.[26]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
16 Canada Aviani, MikeMike Aviani C L 23 2014 North Vancouver, British Columbia Everblades
United States Berry, MattMatt Berry RW R 24 2016 Canton, Michigan Everblades
United States Clare, KevinKevin Clare D L 24 2016 New Rochelle, New York Everblades
36 Canada Cuddemi, RalphRalph Cuddemi RW R 23 2016 Concord, Ontario Everblades
2 United States Golightly, ChaseChase Golightly D R 24 2016 Temecula, California Everblades
United States Kamrass, ZackZack Kamrass D L 25 2016 Atlanta, Georgia Everblades
6 United States Kuqali, AlexanderAlexander Kuqali D L 25 2016 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Everblades
United States McCarron, JohnJohn McCarron RW R 24 2016 Macomb, Michigan Everblades
47 United States Roe, LoganLogan Roe D L 24 2015 Cape Coral, Florida Everblades
Austria Schneider, PeterPeter Schneider RW R 25 2016 Klosterneuburg, Austria Everblades

Notable players[edit]

There are 31 Florida Everblades' alumni that have advanced to play in the NHL after playing for the team:

Jared Staal warming up during the 2010–11 season.


Florida Everblades that played in the NHL before playing with the team:

All-time franchise record holders[edit]

Mathieu Roy of the Everblades and Ryan Murphy of the Charlotte Checkers await a faceoff during a game on March 9, 2009. Roy is wearing the alternate green uniform of the Everblades.

Individual records and streaks[edit]

Individual records

  • Most goals - game: 4 (4 times, last by Steve Saviano, Mar. 31, 2006 vs. Pensacola)
  • Most assists - game: 4 (11 times, last by Rob Hennigar, Nov. 14, 2009 vs. Toledo)
  • Most points - game: 6 (twice, both by Jacob Micflikier, last on Nov. 5, 2009 at Charlotte)
  • Most shots - game: 12 (3 times, last by Kevin Baker, Jan. 13, 2009 at Charlotte)
  • Most penalty minutes - game: 37 (Kyle Kos Mar. 22, 2003 at South Carolina)
  • Most saves - game: 58 (Rob Zepp, Dec. 27, 2003 at Gwinnett)
  • Most saves - period: 25 (twice, last by Rob Zepp, Dec. 27, 2003 at Gwinnett (1st))

Individual streaks

Retired numbers[edit]

  • Reggie Berg - played with Blades from 1999–2007, jersey number 10 is retired
  • Tom Buckley - played with Blades from 1999–2004, jersey number 14 is retired
  • Ernie Hartlieb - played with the Blades from 2004-2011, jersey number 9 is retired

Berg and Buckley's numbers were retired during a pre-game ceremony on October 19, 2007, as the Everblades hosted the Mississippi Sea Wolves, in what would be the Sea Wolves' first official regular season game after being placed on a two-year hiatus due to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Banners made with their jersey numbers were hung to the rafters of Germain Arena.

Hartlieb's number was retired in a ceremony before a game against the Orlando Solar Bears on October 19, 2012. Hartlieb was presented with an ECHL Championship ring (he filled in on with the team in the 2011-12 regular season, but did not appear in the playoffs), and hoisted the Kelly Cup. A banner made with his number was hung to the rafters of Germain Arena next to Berg and Buckley's.[29]

ECHL Hall of Fame[edit]

In December 2012, the ECHL announced that former Everblades' goalie Marc Magliarditi would be inducted into the ECHL's Hall of Fame on January 23, 2013.[30] Magliarditi played for the Everblades from 1998 through 2001.[31]

In December 2015, the ECHL announced that Everblades' President and General Manager Craig Brush would be inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame on February 5, 2016. Brush has served as the team’s President and General Manager since the team's inception in 1998 and he oversees all aspects of both the hockey club and the sports complex. Brush also served as the Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors for three seasons from 2003 through 2006.

Awards and trophies[edit]

E.A. Gingher Memorial Trophy[edit]

The Everblades have won the E.A. Gingher Memorial Trophy three times, in 2004, 2005, and 2012. In 2004, the trophy was given to the champion of the Eastern Conference; the Everblades beat the Reading Royals 3–2 to win the conference. They lost in the Kelly Cup finals 4–1 to the Idaho Steelheads of the Western Conference.

In 2005, the Gingher trophy was given to the American Conference champion. The Everblades beat the Charlotte Checkers 4–2 to win the conference. They lost to the Trenton Titans of the National Conference, 4–2, in the Cup finals.

In 2012, the Everblades won the Kelly Cup, winning the Eastern Conference by defeating the Kalamazoo Wings 4–1. In the Finals, they beat the Las Vegas Wranglers of the Western Conference 4–1.

Brabham Cup[edit]

In the 1999–2000 and 2008–09 seasons, the Everblades won the Brabham Cup, a trophy given to the team that has the most points in the entire league. The Everblades took the trophy with 108 points in 1999–2000, and 103 points in 2008–09.[32]

Kelly Cup[edit]

The Florida Everblades won the 2011–12 ECHL Championship, which earned them the Kelly Cup.[33]

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