The Florida Everblades Franchise History
Since their inception in 1998, the Florida Everblades have hosted more than 3.6 million fans in over 600 regular season games, with an average of 6,361 per game, and have finished in the top 5 in league attendance in 13 of their 17 seasons, leading the the league five times. The Everblades also hosted the Compuware /ECHL All-Star Game in 2003.
The Everblades have earned a post-season berth in 16 of 17 seasons of their existence in the ECHL. On May 23, 2012, the team won its first ECHL Championship with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 5 of the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals in front of a standing room only crowd at Germain Arena. 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. The team has amassed more than 700 wins in its 17-year history, and have helped place 31 players to the National Hockey League. The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate for the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Everblades compete in the ECHL which currently stands at 28 member teams. The ECHL is entering its 28th season, and nearly 600 former ECHL players have reached the National Hockey League.
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.