The Florida Everblades
The Florida Everblades are a Minor League hockey team in the ECHL, an AA hockey league, who play their home games next door at Hertz Arena. Since their inception in 1998, the The Florida Everblades have hosted over 3 million fans in over 430 regular season games, an average of 6,288 per game, and have led the ECHL in attendance in six of their fifteen seasons.
The Everblades have also earned a post-season berth in all fifteen seasons of their existence in the ECHL. During the 2003-04 season, the Everblades captured the Eastern Conference title and made their first ever trip to the Kelly Cup Finals, and followed that up by becoming the first team in Kelly Cup history to make back-to-back trips to the Kelly Cup Finals after capturing the 2004-05 American Conference Championship. Florida has also been awarded the Brabham Cup in 1998-99 & 2008-09, for finishing with the best regular season record in the entire ECHL. During the 2011-2012 season, the Florida Everblades battled their way to the Kelly Cup Finals, where they won the series in game 5 to become the ECHL champions.
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