|2015–16 ECHL season|
|Home arena||Germain Arena|
|Colors||Navy blue, green and white
|General manager||Craig Brush|
|Head coach||Greg Poss|
|Affiliates||Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
|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. 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 arena is 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
- 2 Logos
- 3 Current roster
- 4 Awards and trophies
- 5 Records
- 6 References
- 7 External links
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. Brandon MacLean scored the Championship-winning-goal in overtime during Game 5. Everblades goaltender, John Muse, was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
2004 American Conference finals
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
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.
Game two featured no fights and the Everblades won in overtime, 3-2.
2012 Kelly Cup finals, game five
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. The first period saw Las Vegas Wranglers goalie Joe Fallon beaten by Justin Shugg and Mike Ratchuck, 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. 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.
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 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. 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. As of December 2013, no formal announcements on the progression of the sale has taken place.
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.
|Head Coach||Greg Poss|
|Assistant Coach||Tad O'Had|
|Athletic Trainer||Chris Emrick|
|Equipment Manager||Henning Aagaard-Svendsen|
Awards and trophies
E.A. Gingher Memorial Trophy
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 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.
|Season||Conference||Division||Regular season||Post-season result||Individual and team honors|
|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)|
|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
|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)|
|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|
|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
Reebok Goaltender of the Year (Chris Madden)
|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)
Reebok Equipment Manager of the Year (John Jennings)
|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
CCM U+ Most Valuable Player (Kevin Baker)
Leading Scorer (Kevin Baker)
|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
Kelly Cup Playoff's Most Valuable Player (John Muse)
|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||Leading Scorer (Brandon MacLean)|
|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
|Leading Scorer (Adam Brace)|
|Totals||1219||706||386||33||94||0.631||4223||3617||84–67 in playoffs||1 Kelly Cup
2 Brabham Cups
3 Gingher Memorial Trophies
2 John Brophy Awards
7 individual player awards
2 off-ice personnel awards
- Note: The 2008–09 team played 71 games because of scheduling changes caused by two teams ceasing operations in December 2008. Four of the five teams (Florida, Charlotte, South Carolina, Mississippi) played 71 games, with Gwinnett playing 72.
Florida Everblades' alumni that advanced to play in the NHL:
Florida Everblades players who had previous NHL experience:
- Chris Beckford-Tseu - St. Louis Blues
- Brad Brown - Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and Buffalo Sabres
- Kevin Brown - Los Angeles Kings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Edmonton Oilers
- Barry Brust - Los Angeles Kings
- Mike Card - Buffalo Sabres
- Brad Church - Washington Capitals
- Matt Corrente - New Jersey Devils
- Kevin Czuczman - New York Islanders
- Stefan Della Rovere - St. Louis Blues
- Nicolas Deschamps - Washington Capitals
- Jon DiSalvatore - St. Louis Blues and Minnesota Wild
- Brad Fast - Carolina Hurricanes
- Paul Healey - Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Colorado Avalanche
- Riku Helenius - Tampa Bay Lightning
- Shane Hnidy - Ottawa Senators, Nashville Predators, Atlanta Thrashers, Anaheim Ducks, Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild. Won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011.
- Brayden Irwin - Toronto Maple Leafs
- Ty Jones - Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers
- Bryce Lampman - New York Rangers
- Pat MacLeod - Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars
- Grant McNeill - Florida Panthers
- Mike Morrison - Edmonton Oilers, Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes
- Ryan O'Byrne - Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche and Toronto Maple Leafs
- Kevin Quick - Tampa Bay Lightning
- Brian Rafalski - New Jersey Devils and Detroit Red Wings. Won the Stanley Cup three times (New Jersey in 2000 and 2003; Detroit in 2008).
- Remi Royer - Chicago Blackhawks
- Richard Shulmistra - New Jersey Devils and Florida Panthers
- Matthew Spiller - Phoenix Coyotes and New York Islanders
- Mark Stuart - Boston Bruins, Atlanta Thrashers and Winnipeg Jets
- Nick Tarnasky - Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers
- Kris Vernarsky - Boston Bruins
- Allen York - Columbus Blue Jackets
All-time franchise record holders
- Games: Ernie Hartlieb - 341
- Goals: Reggie Berg - 145
- Assists: Tom Buckley - 207
- Points: Reggie Berg - 319
- Power play goals: Kevin Baker and Ernie Hartlieb (tie) - 33
- Penalty minutes: Tom Buckley - 422
- Goaltending games: Marc Magliarditi - 139
- Goaltending wins: Marc Magliarditi - 81
- Goals against average (Min 15 games): Tyler MacKay - 1.92
- Goaltending save percentage (Min 15 games): Tyler MacKay - .928
Individual records and streaks
- 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))
- Consecutive game goal scoring streak: 9 (Keith Anderson (10/18/03 – 11/8/03))
- Consecutive game assist streak: 10 (Daniel Sisca (12/9/05 - 12/28/05))
- Consecutive game point streak: 16 (Tom Buckley (10/26/01 - 12/7/01))
- Consecutive games started streak: 15 (twice, last by Craig Kowalski (2/10/07 - 3/10/07))[clarification needed]
- Longest winning streak: 9 (Tyler MacKay (2/25/05 - 3/19/05))
- Longest unbeaten streak: 11 (Tyler MacKay (2/19/05 - 3/19/05) (9-0-2))
- Longest shutout streak: 163:43 (Randy Petruk (11/3/01 - 12/14/01))
- 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.
ECHL Hall of Fame
In December 2012, the ECHL announced that former Everblades' goalie Marc Magliarditi, along with Dave Craievich, Steve Poapst and Darren Schwartz, would be inducted into the ECHL's hall of fame on January 23, 2013. Magliarditi played for the Everblades from 1998 through 2001.
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