Florida Everblades
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City: Estero, Florida
League: ECHL
Conference: Eastern Conference
Division: South Division
Founded: 1998
Home Arena: Germain Arena
Colors: Navy blue, green and white
General Manager: Craig Brush
Head Coach: Tad O' Had
Affiliates: Carolina Hurricanes / Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL), Charlotte Checkers / Norfolk Admirals (AHL)
Franchise history
1998–present: Florida Everblades
Regular Season Titles: 1999–00, 2008–09, 2017-18
Division Championships: 1999–00, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2017-18
Conference Championships: 2003–04, 2004–05, 2017-18
Kelly Cups: None

The Florida Everblades are an ECHL ice hockey team playing in the Southeast Division. The team is based in Estero, Florida and plays at Germain Arena (Formerly Teco Arena). The team has existed since 1998. The Everblades are affiliated with the Charlotte Checkers and the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Everblades are thought of as a model franchise for the ECHL, as they have not missed the playoffs in any of their eleven seasons and have made two appearances in the Kelly Cup Finals. The Everblades' fanbase is also considered to be one of the best in the league, as many games at Germain Arena sell out, especially Saturday night games. Many fans of different NHL and minor-league teams, as well as international fans, come out to watch the Everblades.

The team was founded by current owner Craig Brush in 1998. Prior to the building of the Germain Arena, the arena sat on an empty cow pasture on what is now Everblades Parkway near Interstate 75 in Estero. Brush was said to be reading a free copy of a National Geographic magazine that featured articles on the Florida Everglades, when he envisioned the idea to bring a minor-league hockey team to Southwest Florida. 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. The logo was designed by a Vancouver graphic design company affiliated with 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.

As of March 15, 2009, the Everblades are currently in first place in both the Southeast Division as well as the entire ECHL, followed in second by the Alaska Aces, who lead the Western Division. Both teams have secured a postseason in the playoffs.

Awards and Trophies[edit | edit source]

E.A. Gingher Memorial Trophy[edit | edit source]

The Everblades have won the E.A. Gingher Memorial Trophy in 2004,2005, and 2018. In 2004, the trophy was given to the champion of the Eastern Conference and to the American Conference champion in 2005. In both years, the Everblades lost to the winners of the Bruce Taylor Trophy. In 2004 the loss was to the Idaho Steelheads of the Western Conference and to the Trenton Titans of the National Conference in 2005.

Brabham Cup[edit | edit source]

In the 1999–2000 season, the Everblades won the Brabham Cup. This trophy is given to the team that has the best position in the standings for the entire league. The Everblades took the trophy with 108 points (53-15-2), but fell in the first round to the Augusta Lynx. In the ECHL in 2000, there was no overtime period, with play going directly to a shootout. Therefore all losses in a shootout are designated as ties. The team would win the award again in 2018 when they finished atop the league standings with 112 points.

Historic games in Everblades History[edit | edit source]

2005 Playoff Brawl[edit | edit source]

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 Everblades and Grrrowl would engage 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, then-Everblades forward Greg Hornby checked Greenville's Vladimir Gusev hard into the boards behind the net. Gusev would leave the game injured, and 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, then-Greenville pest Krys Barch would screen 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 hoping to sucker-punch O'Connell. Instead, O'Connell quickly skated away from the crease before Barch turned around, and Barch would end up punching Everblades goalie Tyler Mackay. O'Connell jumped on top of Barch, resulting in a dog pile.

All players on the ice dropped the gloves for a wild line brawl that would see Florida goalie Tyler Mackay and others getting ejected for fighting.

After all the mayhem, Craig Kowalski would take Mackay's place as netminder. Shortly thereafter, the Everblades' Simon Tremblay would scrap with Greenville's Adam Nightingale to end the fiasco. The Everblades would go onto win the game, 4-1, and sweep the series, three games to none.

Ironically, game 2 featured no fights as the Everblades won an overtime thriller by a score of 3-2.

2004 American Conference Finals[edit | edit source]

Game 5 in the 2004 American Conference Finals was quite a memorable series for the Everblades. The Blades would face the Reading Royals in five games in what would be an epic series. Reading evened the series at home, winning Game 3 and Game 4, respectively. With the score knotted at two for Game 5, the game was sent to overtime.

Jon McNabb of the Everblades would score on a breakaway goal to defeat the Royals in front of a record crowd of 7,080 fans at Germain Arena.

Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]

Season Conference Division Regular season Playoffs Individual and team honors
GP W L OL SL 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)[1][2]
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

John Brophy Award Bob Ferguson[1][2]
Plus Performer Award (Andy MacIntyre)[4][5]

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)[6]
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[7]
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[7]
Reebok Goaltender of the Year (Chris Madden)[8]
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)[9][10]
Reebok Equipment Manager of the Year (John Jennings)[11]
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[3]
CCM U+ Most Valuable Player (Kevin Baker)[12]
Leading Scorer (Kevin Baker)[13]
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[14]
Kelly Cup[15]
Kelly Cup Playoff's Most Valuable Player (John Muse)[16]
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 semifinals 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)
2016–17 Eastern South 72 46 21 2 3 97 .674 275 219 Brad Ralph Won division semifinals 4–3 vs. Orlando
Lost division finals 1–4 vs. South Carolina
2017–18 Eastern South 72 53 13 2 4 112 .778 261 171 Brad Ralph Won division semifinals 4–0 vs. Atlanta
Won division finals 4–1 vs. Orlando
Won conference finals 4-1 vs. Adirondack
Lost 3-4 vs Colorado Eagles in Kelly Cup Final
Brabham Cup
John Brophy Award (Brad Ralph)
2018–19 Eastern South 72 50 16 5 1 106 .736 276 181 Brad Ralph

Won division semifinals 4-2 vs. Jacksonville
Won Div. Final 4-1 vs Orlando

L, 1-4 Conf Final vs Newfoundland Growlers

Totals 1507 901 459 43 104 0.647 5261 4363 99–73 in playoffs 1 Kelly Cup
3 Brabham Cups
3 Gingher Memorial Trophies
3 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.

Current roster[edit | edit source]

As of October 21, 2009.[17]

# Player Catches Date of birth Place of birth
30 Flag of the United States Mike Morrison R July 11, 1979 Medford, MA, USA
33 Flag of Canada Chris Beckford-Tseu L June 22, 1984 Toronto, ON, Canada
# Player Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
2 Flag of the United States Matt Duffy R February 21, 1986 Windham, ME, USA
4 Flag of the United States Peter Metcalf L February 25, 1979 Pembroke, MA, USA
6 Flag of Canada Brad Zanon R April 29, 1983 Port Moody, BC, Canada
19 Flag of Canada Scott Hotham R July 19, 1984 Barrie, ON, Canada
22 Flag of Canada Cleve Kinley R January 3, 1984 Surrey, BC, Canada
24 Flag of Canada Elgin Reid L February 23, 1987 Milton, ON, Canada
49 Flag of the United States A.J. Thelen L March 11, 1986 Savage, MN, USA
# Player Position Shoots Date of birth Place of birth
7 Flag of Canada Milan Gajic RW R June 1, 1981 Burnaby, BC, Canada
9 Flag of the United States Ernie Hartlieb RW R April 11, 1979 Warren, MI, USA
11 Flag of Canada Jacob Micflikier LW L July 11, 1984 Winnipeg, MB, Canada
12 Flag of Canada Jordan Morrison C L June 6, 1986 Uxbridge, ON, Canada
15 Flag of Canada Mathieu Roy LW L November 14, 1986 Amos, QC, Canada
16 Flag of Canada Colin Nicholson C R January 7, 1983 Dartmouth, NS, Canada
17 Flag of Canada Rob Hennigar C L April 4, 1983 Jordan, ON, Canada
18 Flag of Canada Brandon Buck LW L August 16, 1988 Delaware, ON, Canada
21 Flag of Canada Steve McJannet RW L January 11, 1982 Kanata, ON, Canada
27 Flag of the United States Ross Carlson C R February 21, 1982 Duluth, MN, USA
71 Flag of Canada Kevin Baker RW R June 15, 1979 Kingston, ON, Canada
Head Coach Malcolm Cameron
Athletic Trainer Todd Wisocki
Equipment Manager Rusty Aldridge

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 John Brophy Award Winners. ECHL. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Bob Ferguson Career Stats. Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Brabham Cup Champions. ECHL. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  4. Plus Performer Winners. ECHL. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  5. Andy MacIntyre Career Stats. Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  6. Executive of the Year Winners. ECHL. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Gingher Trophy Winners. ECHL. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  8. Reebok Goaltender of the Year Winners. ECHL. Archived from the original on July 20, 2015. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  9. Sportsmanship Award Winners. ECHL. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  10. Steve Saviano Career Stats. Eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  11. Reebok Equipment Manager of the Year Award Winners. ECHL. Archived from the original on April 15, 2012. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  12. Florida's Baker Is CCM U+ ECHL Most Valuable Player. ECHL (April 9, 2009). Archived from the original on 2009-06-11. Retrieved on 2009-04-09.
  13. Kevin Baker Career Stats. eliteprospects.com. Retrieved on May 1, 2012.
  14. Florida claims Eastern Conference title. ECHL. Retrieved on May 6, 2012.
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  16. Dorsey, David. "MVP John Muse saves the day for Everblades", May 24, 2012. Retrieved on May 24, 2012. 
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