ECHL 05/22 23:30 275 Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς vs Αντιροντάκ Θάντερ - View
ECHL 05/24 23:30 275 Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς vs Αντιροντάκ Θάντερ - View
ECHL 05/25 23:00 275 Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς vs Αντιροντάκ Θάντερ - View


ECHL 05/18 23:00 275 [8] Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς v Αντιροντάκ Θάντερ [4] L 0-2
ECHL 05/17 23:00 275 [8] Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς v Αντιροντάκ Θάντερ [4] W 2-1
ECHL 05/11 23:00 275 Ορλάντο Σόλαρ Μπέαρς v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς W 1-2
ECHL 05/09 23:00 275 [8] Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς v Ορλάντο Σόλαρ Μπέαρς [9] L 2-4
ECHL 05/07 23:00 275 [3] Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς v Ορλάντο Σόλαρ Μπέαρς [4] W 4-2
ECHL 05/04 23:00 275 [9] Ορλάντο Σόλαρ Μπέαρς v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς [8] W 3-6
ECHL 05/03 23:30 275 [9] Ορλάντο Σόλαρ Μπέαρς v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς [8] W 1-5
ECHL 05/01 23:00 273 Τζακσονβιλ Αισμεν v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς W 0-4
ECHL 04/30 23:00 273 Τζακσονβιλ Αισμεν v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς W 1-4
ECHL 04/27 23:00 273 [6] Τζακσονβιλ Αισμεν v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς [8] W 1-3
ECHL 04/26 23:30 273 [6] Τζακσονβιλ Αισμεν v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς [8] L 5-0
ECHL 04/24 23:30 273 [6] Τζακσονβιλ Αισμεν v Φλόριντα Εβερμπλέιντς [8] L 4-3

Wikipedia - Florida Everblades

The Florida Everblades are a professional minor league ice hockey team based in Estero, Florida, in the Cape Coral-Fort Myers metropolitan area. They play in the ECHL and are affiliated with the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL) starting in the 2022–23 ECHL season. Their home games are played at Hertz Arena.

The Everblades were founded in 1998. They play in the South Division of the Eastern Conference in the ECHL. They have failed to qualify for the playoffs just once in team history (2013–14) and have made six appearances in the Kelly Cup finals, winning in 2012, 2022 and 2023.


Swampee, the mascot of the Florida Everblades

The team was founded in 1998 by Craig Brush, Peter Karmanos Jr., and Thomas Thewes and was named based on the Florida Everglades. 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 Jr., 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 five. 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 Hertz 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

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 4–1 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 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. 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 2012 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.

Ownership and Affiliation Changes

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. The team was made for sale and was being shopped by Park Lane, a sports investment-banking firm that specializes in the sale of sports teams. In 2018, Karmanos gave up majority control of the Hurricanes to new majority owner Thomas Dundon. After the 2018–19 season, the Everblades dropped the Hurricanes affiliation for the first time and partnered with the Nashville Predators. It was then announced on August 5, 2019, that Karmanos had sold both the team and arena to David Hoffmann, a Naples, Florida, resident and real estate investor. Starting in the 2022-23 season, the Everblades ended their affiliation with the Predators and entered a multi-year agreement with the Florida Panthers.