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. In 17 seasons, the Everblades have hosted more than 3.6 million fans in over 600 regular season games, with an average of 6,361 per game. The team has placed in the top three of league attendance in ten of its 17 seasons, ranking first overall five times, and have led the Kelly Cup Playoffs attendance six times. The Everblades have also earned a post-season berth in 16 of their 17 seasons of existence.
The Everblades won the Kelly Cup and the ECHL Championship in 2012, and have reigned as conference champions three times. 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 ECHL history to make back-to-back trips to the Kelly Cup Finals after capturing the 2004-05 American Conference Championship. Florida was also awarded the regular season championship and the Brabham Cup following the 1998-99 season when they finished with a club record 108 points.
Brush played hockey for four seasons at Cornell University where he was a member of the 1970 undefeated NCAA Championship team, which was the only team in collegiate history to accomplish this feat.
From 2003-2006, Brush served as the Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors. In addition, he has coached in the Compuware youth hockey program for many years.
Craig and his wife, Kyle, split time between Estero, Florida and Birmingham, Michigan. The couple has three sons – Matt, Tyler and Patrick – as well as five grandchildren, Anna, Mary, Jane, Sloan, and Brett