ESTERO, FL – The Florida Everblades announced Thursday that the team has agreed to terms with forward Gabriel Desjardins for the 2014-15 season.
Desjardins, 21, joins the Everblades after appearing in nine games with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League last season before having his season cut short due to an injury.
“We had a chance to take a look at Gabriel during Tampa Bay’s developmental camp a couple of seasons ago, and we were impressed with him,” said Everblades Head Coach Greg Poss. “He played well with Lake Erie at the start of last season before his injury. He is a hard working two-way forward who has good skill.”
Desjardins (pronounced DAY-ghar-DAN) had a productive career in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2008-2013 totaling 185 points (85g, 100a) in stints with the Halifax Mooseheads, Quebec Remparts, and the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies.
The 6-0, 212-pound winger posted a career best 74 points (32g, 42a) in 66 regular season games, along with 15 points in 14 postseason contests with Rouyn-Noranda during the 2012-13 campaign.
The Montreal native, Desjardins, becomes the sixteenth player to agree to terms with the Everblades for the 2014-15 season. He joins forwards Mitch Wahl, Chris Kushneriuk, Kyle Stroh, Alex Lavoie, Mike Cichy, Mike Silengo, Evan Bloodoff, Jason Wilson, Kevin Lynch, Adam Brace and defensemen Mike Little, Jordan Henry, Tyson Gimblett, Cameron Burt, and Kevin Hart.
The Everblades open the 2014-15 season on Friday, October 17 against the South Carolina Stingrays. The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 18. Opening Weekend is presented by the Passion Foundation and Riverchase Dermatology. The first 5,000 fans will receive a magnet Schedule courtesy of Jack's Cleaning! Individual game tickets are curently on sale for the first four home games and preseason games. To purchase tickets stop by the Capital Bank Box Office located at Germain Arena, or online at www.ticketmaster.com ---Order your Limited Edition Stuffed Toy Gator for the IBERIABANK Teddy Bear Toss on Saturday, December 13 against the Elmira Jackals! Order a gator to throw onto the ice and one for your collection! Click Here for Order Form---2014-15 Everblades Ticket Packages are currently on sale! Full season, as well as flexible 12 and 24-game options are also available! All packages save you money from the box office price, and come with many great benefits. For more information call 239-948-7825, or stop by the Everblades Main Office located at Germain Arena, Monday—Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.