Naturally occurring ice might be a bit of a rarity here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and get your hockey fix after hitting the beach! That’s right; Southwest Florida has a fast-paced, in-your-face, professional hockey team known as the Florida Everblades. If you’re a hockey fan, be sure to swap sand for ice and enjoy an Everblades game while on vacation.
The Florida Everblades compete in the ECHL (East Coast Hockey League), which currently stands at 28 member teams. The Everblades are the leader in ECHL attendance and have hosted more than 3.6 million fans in more than 600 regular season games! The Everblades are affiliated with the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes. The team has an outstanding track record, only missing the playoffs once in their 18-year history.
The season runs every year from October to April, with the Kelly Cup playoffs happening soon after.
The Florida Everblades play in Germain Arena in Estero, just 20 miles south of downtown Fort Myers. Built in 1998, Germain Arena is the home of the Ultimate Indoor Football League’s Florida Tarpons and also hosts more than 300 entertainment events, like Stars on Ice, Disney On Ice, WWE wrestling and headline concerts. While at the Germain Arena, be sure to visit Breakaway Sports Pub, a restaurant that looks over the arena bowl.
Yes! There’s more than hockey at Germain Arena. Each professional hockey game features fun promotions and events, like painting the ice after a game, or bounce houses and face-painting artists at Saturday games. Germain Arena is also a great spot to host group events such as fundraisers, birthday parties and tailgates.
Go see the team that won the Kelly Cup in 2012, went to the finals five times, and has only missed the playoffs once in their 18-year history. A Florida Everblades hockey game is a must-do while on vacation on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel.
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