Florida Everblades

Florida Everblades
2018–19 ECHL season
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
Affiliates Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
Franchise history
1998–present Florida Everblades
Championships
Regular season titles 3 (1999–00, 2008–09, 2017–18)
Division Championships 6 (1999–00, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18)
Conference Championships 4 (2003–04, 2004–05, 2011–12, 2017–18)
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 four appearances in the Kelly Cup finals, winning in 2012.[1]

History

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

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.[5]

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

2012 Kelly Cup finals

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

Through the Everblades' history, they have had four anniversary logos: the fifth anniversary logo in 2002–03, the 10th anniversary logo in 2007–08, the 15th anniversary logo in 2012–13, and the 20th anniversary logo in the 2017–18 season.

Season-by-season record

Season Conference Division Regular season Playoffs Individual and team honors
GP W L OTL SOL Pts Pct GF GA Head coach
1998–99SouthernSoutheast70452005950.679253180Bob FergusonWon conference quarterfinal 3–0 vs. Birmingham
Lost conference semifinal 0–3 vs. Mississippi
John Brophy Award (Bob Ferguson)[11][12]
1999–00SouthernSoutheast705315021080.771277181Bob FergusonLost conference quarterfinal 2–3 vs. Augusta Brabham Cup[13]
John Brophy Award (Bob Ferguson)[11][12]
Plus Performer Award (Andy MacIntyre)[14][15]
2000–01SouthernSoutheast72382608840.583236242Bob FergusonLost conference quarterfinal 2–3 vs. Pee Dee Executive of the Year (Craig Brush)[16]
2001–02SouthernSoutheast72372708820.569207221Gerry FlemingWon division wildcard 1–0 vs. South Carolina
Lost conference quarterfinal 2–3 vs. Greenville
2002–03SouthernSoutheast723523014840.583239243Gerry FlemingLost division wildcard 0–1 vs. Greenville
2003–04EasternSouthern723725010840.583239221Gerry FlemingWon 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]
2004–05AmericanSouth72422046940.653237192Gerry FlemingWon 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]
2005–06AmericanSouth724820311000.694267208Gerry FlemingWon 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]
2006–07AmericanSouth72442242940.653272212Gerry FlemingWon division semifinal 3–0 vs. Charlotte
Won division final 4–2 vs. Texas
Lost conference final 3–4 vs. Dayton
2007–08AmericanSouth72392544860.597230198Gerry FlemingLost division quarterfinal 0–3 vs. Columbia
2008–09AmericanSouth71*4917231030.725269187Malcolm CameronWon 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]
2009–10AmericanSouth72382545850.590234221Malcolm CameronWon conference quarterfinal 3–2 vs. Elmira
Lost conference semifinal 0–4 vs. Reading
2010–11EasternSouth72373014790.549236222Greg PossLost conference quarterfinal 1–3 vs. Kalamazoo
2011–12EasternSouth72392625850.590260218Greg PossWon 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]
2012–13EasternSouth72392247890.618260241Greg PossWon conference quarterfinal 4–2 vs. Elmira
Lost conference semifinal 3–4 vs. Reading
Leading Scorer (Mathieu Roy)
2013–14EasternSouth72372735820.569240222Greg PossDid not qualify for 2014 Kelly Cup playoffs
2014–15EasternEast724916251050.729267208Greg PossWon division semifinals 4–2 vs. Orlando
Lost division final 2–4 vs. South Carolina
2015–16EasternSouth7246231295.660226175Greg PossLost conference quarterfinals 2–4 vs. WheelingECHL CCM Rookie of the Year (Matt Willows)
ECHL Community Service Award (Rob Florentino)
2016–17EasternSouth7246212397.674275219Brad RalphWon division semifinals 4–3 vs. Orlando
Lost division finals 1–4 vs. South Carolina
2017–18EasternSouth72531324112.778261171Brad RalphWon division semifinals 4–0 vs. Atlanta
Won division finals 4–1 vs. Orlando
Won conference finals 4–1 vs. Adirondack
Lost Kelly Cup finals 3–4 vs. Colorado
Brabham Cup
Gingher Memorial Trophy
John Brophy Award (Brad Ralph)
Totals1435851443381030.6424985418299–73 in playoffs1 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.

Players

Current roster

Updated August 23, 2018.[26]
# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
Grant Arnold RW R 27 2018 Centennial, Colorado Everblades
39 Joe Cox RW R 24 2017 Chelsea, Michigan Everblades
34 Matt Finn D L 24 2017 Toronto, Ontario Everblades
Ben Masella D R 25 2018 Montreal, Quebec Everblades
25 John McCarron RW R 26 2016 Macomb, Michigan Everblades
Trevor Petersen LW L 23 2018 Markham, Ontario Everblades
Brennan Saulnier C L 24 2018 Halifax, Nova Scotia Everblades
6 Derek Sheppard D L 24 2018 Scarborough, Ontario Everblades
41 Blake Winiecki C L 24 2018 Lakeville, Minnesota Everblades

Notable players

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

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

All-time franchise record holders

Individual records and streaks

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

  • Consecutive game goal scoring streak: 9 (Keith Anderson 10/18/03 – 11/8/03 and Brendan O'Donnell 3/25/16 – 04/09/16)
  • 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))
  • 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))[28]

Retired numbers

  • 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

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

E.A. Gingher Memorial Trophy

The Everblades have won the E.A. Gingher Memorial Trophy four times, in 2004, 2005, 2012, and 2018. 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 but lost the Kelly Cup to the Idaho Steelheads. In 2005, the Gingher trophy was given to the American Conference champion. The Everblades beat the Charlotte Checkers 4–2 to win the conference before losing to the Trenton Titans in the Cup finals. In 2012, the Everblades won the Gingher Memorial Trophy by defeating the Kalamazoo Wings 4–1 in the Eastern Conference finals and went on to win the Kelly Cup over the Las Vegas Wranglers. In 2018, the Everblades went 12–2 through three rounds of conference playoffs and won the Gingher Memorial Trophy before losing the Kelly Cup in seven games to the Colorado Eagles.

Brabham Cup

In the 1999–00, 2008–09, and 2017–18 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, 103 points in 2008–09, and 112 points in 2017–18.[32]

Kelly Cup

The Florida Everblades won the Kelly Cup in 2012 four-games-to-one over the Las Vegas Wranglers.[33]

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Preceded by

Pee Dee Pride
Cincinnati Cyclones
Toledo Walleye
Brabham Cup
Champions

1999–2000
2011–12
2017–18
Succeeded by

Trenton Titans
Idaho Steelheads
Incumbent
Preceded by
Alaska Aces
Kelly Cup
Champions

2011 2012
Succeeded by
Reading Royals

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