Florida Everblades

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Florida Everblades
CityEstero, Florida
Home arenaHertz Arena
ColoursGreen, white, navy blue
General managerBrad Ralph
Head coachBrad Ralph
AffiliatesFlorida Panthers (NHL)
Charlotte Checkers (AHL)
WebsiteOfficial website
Franchise history
1998–presentFlorida Everblades
Regular season titles4 (1999–00, 2008–09, 2017–18, 2020–21)
Division titles8 (1999–00, 2006–07, 2008–09, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2017–18, 2018–19, 2021–22)
Conference titles6 (2003–04, 2004–05, 2011–12, 2017–18, 2021–22, 2022–23)
Kelly Cups3 (2011–12, 2021–22, 2022–23)

The Florida Everblades are an American professional ice hockey team. They began playing in 1998. The team plays in the ECHL. They play their home games in Estero, Florida at Hertz Arena. They are the ECHL affiliate for the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are also the affiliates for the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).

The team was started in 1998 by Craig Brush, Peter Karmanos Jr., and Thomas Thewes. They would name the team the Florida Everblades, a reference to the Everglades in Florida.[1]

On October 16, 1998, the team would play their first game as the Florida Everblades. They would be defeated by the Pee Dee Pride 5–3.[2]

The team would be successful during the 2011–12 season. They finished with 39 wins, 26 losses, and 85 points and would make it all the way to the Kelly Cup finals. They would win their first Kelly Cup after defeating the Las Vegas Wranglers four games to one.[3] The Everglades would win back-to-back Kelly Cups in the 2021–22 and 2022–23 seasons.[4][5]

On July 6, 2022, the Everblades and the Florida Panthers announced their affiliation.[6] The Everblades were previously affiliates with the Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay Lightning,[7] and Nashville Predators.[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Hockey Operations". Florida Everblades. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  2. "1998-99 Florida Everblades Results and Schedule". HockeyDB. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  3. "Everblades close out series over Wranglers to win Kelly Cup". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  4. "Florida wins 2022 Kelly Cup title". ECHL. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  5. "Everblades Run It Back and Win Second Straight Kelly Cup". Florida Everblades. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  6. "Florida Everblades, Florida Panthers Enter Affiliation Agreement". Florida Everblades. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  7. "Lightning reach affiliate agreement with ECHL's Florida Everblades". NBC Sports. Retrieved February 1, 2024.
  8. "Everblades Enter Affiliation With Nashville Predators". Florida Everblades. Retrieved February 1, 2024.

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