Who: Florida Everblades (0-0-0-0, pts,) vs. South Carolina Stingrays (0-0-0-0, 0 pts,)Where: Germain ArenaWhen: 7:30 p.m.Season Series: First meeting this season All-Time Series: Florida leads 78-52-18Internet Radio: Click the "listen live" link on the Everblades Website Internet Television: ECHLTV, courtesy of Neulion Promotions: First 5,000 fans to walk though the gates will recieve a free Everblades Magnet Schedule courtesy of Jack's Cleaning!The Everblades open their 17th season tonight with much to prove, after failing to reach the playoffs for the first time in team history last spring. Everblades roster has seen an overhaul this past summer as the coaching staff spent the summer retooling the team with an extensive recruiting effort. The roster features just eight returning players from last season: Jordan Henry, Mike Cornell, Mike Little, Tyson Gimblett. Cameron Burt, Evan Bloodoff, Austin Levi, and Danick Gauthier. Henry is the lone listed veteran on the team, and just yesterday was named the Everblades team Captain. Henry will wear the “C” on his jersey, after three-year captain Mathieu Roy signed to play this season overseas in England. Henry will be supported by his assistant captains Mike Little, Mike Cornell, and Tyson Gimblett.Experienced netminder Allen York and rookie Daniel Altshuller open up as the goaltending tandem for the ‘Blades. York has a wealth of American Hockey League experience, and has played in 11 National Hockey League contests with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2011-12 season. Altshuller is a second round draft selection of the Carolina Hurricanes.Forward Adam Brace returns after a one-year hiatus from the ‘Blades. Brace joined the Everblades as a rookie in the Spring of 2013 and went onto lead the ‘Blades in scoring in the 2013 Kelly Cup playoffs posting 15 points.Key Players: Everblades Head Coach Greg Poss believes that forward Evan Bloodoff has the potential to be an elite player and could put up career best numbers this season.... South Carolina's Andrew Rowe is always a threat to score and his 31 goals and 66 points last season proves that.Tonight's Presenting Sponsor. Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery andThe Passion Foundation are the presenting sponsors of this weekend's oopening festivities and the 'Blackout' . The Everblades will be wearing special black jerseys which will be auctioned off on Saturday to benefit The Passion Foundation is a local organization aimed to building covered playgrounds at schools in order to reduce the sun exposure to children and minimize the risk of skin cancer.
Upcoming Home Games & PromotionsSaturday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. vs. South Carolina – Opening Weekend presented by Riverchase Dermatology and The Passion Foundation continues tomorrow as the Everblades will once again wear the special Black Jerseys. The jerseys will be auctioned off following the game to benefit the Passion Foundation. The McDonald’s Tailgate Party starts at 5:00 p.m. with live music, bounce houses and face painting for the kids! Saturday’s game is a “Blackout” so wear black!
Ticket InformationGame Tickets: Everblades tickets may be purchased at the Century Link Box Office located at Germain Arena, or at any Ticketmaster outlet, or online atwww.ticketmaster.comDiscounted Group Tickets: Bring your group of 10 or more to a game at a discounted price, and also receive an Everblades souvenir! Group tickets are available for all home games. For more information on group tickets, call 239-948-7825.2014-15 Ticket Packages are currently on sale! Full season and 12-game, 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.