The Florida Everblades Franchise History
Since their inception in 1998, the The Florida Everblades have hosted over 3 million fans in over 430 regular season games, an average of 6,288 per game, and have led the ECHL in attendance in five of their twelve seasons. The Everblades hosted the 2003 Compuware /ECHL All-Star game and have led the Kelly Cup Playoffs attendance in six of their twelve seasons in the ECHL. The Everblades have also earned a post-season berth in all twelve seasons of their existence in the ECHL. During the 2003-04 season, the Everblades captured the Eastern Conference title and made their first ever trip to the Kelly Cup Finals, and followed that up by becoming the first team in Kelly Cup history to make back-to-back trips to the Kelly Cup Finals after capturing the 2004-05 American Conference Championship. Florida has also been awarded the Brabham Cup in 1998-99 & 2008-09, for finishing with the best
regular season record in the entire ECHL.
Peter Karmanos Jr.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer – Compuware Corporation
Peter Karmanos Jr. holds the dual role as the Principal Owner/Governor and Chief Executive Officer of the Carolina Hurricanes and as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Compuware Corporation. Karmanos is also widely known for his philanthropy, particularly in the area of cancer research.
Craig Brush, the President of the Florida Everblades, along with partners Peter Karmanos and Thomas Thewes, founded the Everblades and Germain Arena in 1998. Brush, a native of Milton, Ontario, oversees all aspects of both the hockey club and the sports complex.