Florida Everblades hockey games are an even shorter distance to travel from Englewood.
It may not be the NHL, but this minor professional hockey team plays an exciting, fast-paced brand of hockey. I really enjoy watching minor professional hockey games.
Why do I like this brand of hockey? The reason is really quite simple. The games are played at a fast pace and the action is almost non-stop. Oh yes! There is another reason the competitive nature of the East Coast Hockey League is really quite intense.
The players who skate for the Everblades and their opponents are mostly young players trying to make their way up the ladder of professional hockey to the NHL. That is why the action is fast and furious as each player strives to prove that he should be skating for a big league team.
The players can not afford to take any shift on the ice for granted, because that just might be the shift that a scout or hockey executive notices them. A bad shift could mean a longer stint in the minors or not being drafted or even being traded to another team.
The other exciting aspect of watching an ECHL game is that when one or more of the players finally does make it to the NHL you can say "I saw them playing with the Everblades, and I had a feeling that they would make it to the big leagues".
There are many graduates of the Everblades who have made it to the National Hockey League and fulfilled their dream of playing hockey in the worlds best hockey league. Among these successful graduates are veteran defenseman Shane Hnidy and speedy forward Chad Larose.
The Florida Everblades are a farm team for the NHLs Carolina Hurricanes. This means that some of Carolinas top amateur draft picks play for the Everblades each season honing their hockey skills in order to make the jump to the Canes.
The Everblades play their home games at the Germain Arena in Estero Florida. This state-of-the-art hockey and skating facility is a great place to watch a hockey game.
The great hockey action and the outstanding venue have helped the Everblades be leaders in the ECHL in attendance numbers for many years. (Who said Florida and hockey don't go together!)
For Florida Everblades ticket information you can call 239-948-7825 or go online to www.floridaeverblades.com.
See you at the game and don't forget your cheering voice, "GO EVERBLADES!"
To see the Everblades in action, the driving directions are simple.
Just follow I-75 south towards Fort Myers and Naples.
Estero is about 65 miles from Englewood and is located approximately half way between Fort Myers and Naples.
Your driving time from Englewood to the arena will be just over an hour.
Why not make it a day trip! Leave Englewood in the mid-morning or after lunch. Stop along the way and enjoy some of the many Florida shopping venues, such as the outlet stores, flea markets or shopping centers that can be found in the area.
Or, book a tee time at one of the many great Gulf Coast golf courses that are to found in the area. Before the game enjoy a tasty meal at a local eatery. After the hockey game, a short drive of just over an hour will get home in time for a good night's sleep after enjoying a day in Florida's wonderful Gulf Coast region!
Being able to see fast-paced, action-packed hockey games played by the Florida Everblades, so close to your Florida vacation or retirement destination is just another reason why we Enjoy Englewood Florida!