The Tampa Bay Lightning have renewed their affiliation agreement with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL today, assistant general manager Julien BriseBois announced. Florida will continue to serve as the Lightning's primary ECHL affiliate and will provide the Everblades with players under both NHL and AHL contracts.
“We are very happy to continue our partnership with the Florida Everblades,” BriseBois said. “The Everblades and their management have a strong track record of providing a winning environment for our prospects to develop in and we look forward to helping them win another Kelly Cup."
Based in Estero, Florida, the Everblades were founded in 1998 and already have an impressive resume of accomplishments. The Everblades won their franchises' first ECHL championship, the Kelly Cup, in 2012 and posted a regular season record of 39-26-2-5. They set a franchise record last season with 280 goals scored during the regular season.