ESTERO, FL – Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Brad Ralph announced Friday that the team has acquired forward Jimmy Devito (pictured above) from the Reading Royals in exchange for future considerations. The deal was made shortly before the ECHL’s trade deadline on Thursday afternoon. In addition, the team has also agreed to terms with defenseman Vinny Muto.
Devito, 23, has recorded 18 points (8g, 10) in 31 games this season in stints with Reading and the Rapid City Rush. The 5-10, 170-pound rookie forward totaled 26 points (7g, 19a) in 121 games during his four-year collegiate career at R.I.T. from 2013-2017. The Chicago, Illinois native collected 51 points in three junior seasons in the USHL with the Chicago Steel and Lincoln Stars.
Muto, 24, returns to the Everblades where he made two appearances earlier this season. Muto most recently played with the Worcester Railers (ECHL) where he posted four points (1g, 3a) in 23 games this season. The 6-1, 200-pound blueliner also has registered 11 points (2g, 9a) in 18 games played with the SPHL’s Macon Mayhem. The Niagara Falls, New York native played four seasons at Niagara University from 2013-2017.
The Everblades return to action tonight when they battle the Jacksonville Icemen at the Veterans Memorial Arena. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m. Fans can catch the game on WJBX (101.5 FM, 104.3 FM, 770 AM), or online courtesy of WJBX by CLICKING HERE.
Upcoming Home Games & EventsMonday, March 12, Full Team Event at Il Primo Pizza & Wings, 6:00-7:00 p.m. The full Everblades team will be on hand signing autographs and will be available for photos. The Guns 'N Hoses jersey design will also be unveiled. So join us for good times and great food at Il Primo Pizza & Wings, located at 13401 Summerlin Road, #110, Fort Myers, FL 33919.
Friday, March 16, vs. Orlando, 7:30 p.m. Kids eat free in the Breakaway Sports Pubwith the purchase of an adult entree! Fans can also enjoy bottomless all-you-can-eat popcorn from the concession stands all night long!
Saturday, March 17, vs. Orlando, 7:00 p.m. Annual Guns 'n Hoses game! The team will wear special police and fire fighter themed jerseys that will be auctioned off following the game to benefit MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association). In addition, local police and fire fighters will do battle on the ice beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Try Goalie Day also takes place on March 17 from 12;30-2:30 p.m. on the main rink at Germain Arena. This FREE event is open to youth hockey players aged 5-13 interested in the opportunity to try playing goalie. Everblades Goaltending Coach Josh Robinson in conjunction with Phil Osaer with USA Hockey will be hosting the event for interested youth players to have fun and give the goalie position a try. Goalie equipment will be provided, but interested players should bring their own hockey equipment and skates.
Purchase Single Game Tickets at the Florida Community Bank Box Office located at Germain Arena, or online via Ticketmaster by CLICKING HERE
2017-18 Ticket Packages are Currently on Sale! Flexible partial plans are available. These packages will best fit your schedule and budget! To view pricing and benefits of all available ticket packages CLICK HERE
SPECIAL OFFER! Purchase a new ticket package for the 2017-18 season and receive a $20 gift card to Ford's Garage!
Discounted Group Tickets: Bring your group of 10 or more to a game at a discounted price! Group tickets are available for all home games. Fundraising opportunities are also available. For more information on group tickets, call 239-948-7825, or stop by the Everblades offices at Germain Arena Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Everblades are the proud ECHL affiliateof the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes###