The Florida Everblades unveiled a new look on Wednesday, celebrating 20 years in Southwest Florida.
“The support of the fans, season ticketholders and businesses in the area have really brought this team forward,” said Alex Reed, the “Voice of the Everblades,” at an event at Six Bends Harley-Davidson in Fort Myers. “It’s hard to believe 20 years of Everblades hockey. It’s quite the feat for teams at this level to go on for so long, you don’t see it very often.”
The 20th anniversary season begins Friday at Germain Arena against the Atlanta Gladiators. The opening weekend jerseys are the “throwback” jerseys, a reference to their first season in 1998. Inspired by the Hartford Whalers, the jersey sports the ever-familiar green and white while adding a striking grey trim on the outskirts of the sleeves and torso. They will be available for a limited time to fans.
The other jersey reveal made the event at Six Bends make a lot more sense. At every home game for the 2017-18 season, the Everblades will wear Harley-Davidson inspired warm-up jerseys. The sweater adds Harley’s signature orange color to the Blades primary blue, along with flames running along the forearms. The team logo also gets in on the fun, with a spiked motorcycle helmet.
Everblades hockey began in Southwest Florida in 1998, opening in what was then a brand-new Everblades Arena. In 19 seasons of play, the Blades have missed the Kelly Cup Playoffs just once, in 2013-14, and have played in three Kelly Cup Finals. Florida won the Kelly Cup in 2012, clinching the title in front of a home crowd with an overtime goal in Game 5 of the series.
“We’re super excited for our 20th season and I feel the players are absolutely ready to go,” Reed said. “You couldn’t get a better group of guys together.”
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