Clever nickname for this minor league hockey team located in Estero, Florida near Fort Myers. The team plays in the ECHL and are affiliated with the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). They began play in 1998 and have only missed the playoffs once in team history. They have been in the finals three times and won the title in 2012.
The name came about when the current general manager, 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 Everblades are one of the ECHL’s stronger franchises and constantly at the top of the league in attendance.
Most notable former players include: Scott Darling (won Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2015), Shane Hnidy (won Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011) and Chad LaRose (won Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006).
The Everblades are currently in second place in the South Division with a record of 4-0-1. They are one of two last remaining teams in the ECHL which has not lost a game this season.