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Evan Bloodoff Returns; Forward Eric Scheid Added to Roster

Monday, October 3rd
Evan Bloodoff Returns; Forward Eric Scheid Added to Roster

ESTERO, FL -- Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Brad Ralph announced Monday that the team has agreed to terms with forwards Evan Bloodoff (pictured above left) and Eric Scheid (pictured above right) for the 2016-17 season.

Bloodoff, 25, (pronounced BLUE-doff), returns for his fourth season with Everblades after posting 24 points (9g, 15a) in 37 games played with the team last season.  The 5-11, 205-pound forward was initially acquired by the ‘Blades from the Gwinnett Gladiators on March 12, 2014. Bloodoff has accrued 65 points (36g, 29a) in his 100 career games with the Everblades.   From 2012-2014, he was a prominent scorer with the Gladiators registering 67 points (37g, 30a) in 107 contests.

Bloodoff totaled eight points in 57 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates from 2011-2013. The Nelson, British Colombia native was originally selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the sixth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

“Bloodoff is a proven performer at this level,” said Ralph. “His speed, tenacity and flexibility on both wings make him a very dynamic player.  When Evan gets healthy, we are going to rely on his experience to make an immediate impact.”

Scheid, 24, (pronounced SHY-dd) joins the Everblades for his rookie season after logging 28 points (13g, 15a) during his senior campaign at Penn State University (Big-10).  In addition, the 5-10, 174-pound forward also made three appearances late last season with the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

The Blaine, Minnesota native totaled a balanced 77 points (38g, 39a) during his three collegiate seasons with the Nittany Lions from 2013-2016.  Scheid also played the 2011-12 season at the University of Alaska- Anchorage (WCHA) where he collected 15 points in 30 games.

“Scheid is a top-six player that has elite skill and speed,” said Ralph. “He can open the game up, and he will be tough to defend.”

To view a list of players who have agreed to terms with the Everblades for the 2016-17 season, CLICK HERE

The Everblades open their 2016 training camp on Tuesday, October 4 at 9:00 a.m. In additoon, the NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning will also be practicing at Germain Arena this week. The Lightning will be on the ice on Tuesday, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and Thursday at 10:45 a.m. To view the full training camp schedule, CLICK HERE

----Opening Weekend is October 14 & 15  The Florida Everblades open up their 19thseason of hockey at home at Germain Arena on Friday, October 14 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits beginning at 7:30 p.m. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free Everblades magnet schedule courtesy of Jack's Cleaning.  The two teams will meet again on Saturday, October 15 with a 7:00 p.m. start time.

2016-17 Season Ticket Plans Now Available!  Full and flexible partial season ticket plans are currently available for the 2016-17 season. We offer several tickets packages designed to help fit your budget and schedule.

Special Offer!  Purchase any new ticket package for the 2016-17 season, and receive a $20 gift card from Ford's Garage!  Locations include Cape Coral, Downtown Fort Myers and Miromar Outlets in Estero.

For more information, call 239-948-7825, or stop by the team’s main office located at Germain Arena from Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 This release Courtesy of Fort Myers Technical College & Cape Coral Technical College

The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliateof the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes###

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