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Everblades to host Gladiators in two preseason tilts

By Staff | Aug 18, 2009

Florida Everblades president and general manager Craig Brush announced last week that the Everblades will host a pair of preseason games to begin the 2009-10 season.

South Division Rival Gwinnett will travel to Southwest Florida to battle the Everblades on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. Both games will face off at 7:30 p.m.

The Everblades and Gladiators met in the South Division semifinals last season, in which the Everblades prevailed four games to one.

Season ticketholders will enjoy both preseason games for free in their season ticket packages. All other tickets may be purchased by stopping by the Germain Arena box office, visiting ticketmaster online www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the Florida Everblades office at 239-948-7825. Individual game ticket prices range from $12 to $34.

Deposits are being accepted now for 2009-10 Florida Everblades season tickets. For just $50 per seat, you can reserve your piece of the action for next season. Visit www.floridaeverblades.com and www.germainarena.com for more information on ticket packages, pricing and upcoming Germain Arena events.

NHL veteran Morrison added to ‘Blades roster

Goaltender Mike Morrison signed a contract with the Albany River Rats, the Everblades AHL affiliate, for the 2009-10 season. He will begin training camp in Albany, New York and be assigned to Florida following the River Rats camp.

Morrison, a seventh round pick (186th overall) of the Edmonton Oilers in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, turned pro in 2002 after a four-year collegiate career at Hockey East power, University of Maine. He has played for three teams in the ECHL -including the Columbus Cottonmouths, Greenville Grrrowl and Phoenix Roadrunners – and three teams in the American Hockey League (Toronto/Edmonton Roadrunners, San Antonio Rampage and Bridgeport Sound Tigers).

The Medford, Mass. native has also appeared in 29 National Hockey League contests with Ottawa, Phoenix and Edmonton. His most prolific season in the NHL was in 2005-06. Morrison appeared in 21 contests with the Oilers posting a 10-4-2 record with a 2.83 goals against average and a .884 save percentage. During that same season, he also started four games with the Ottawa Senators recording a 1-0-1 mark with a 3.47 GAA and .875 save percentage.

In his 29 NHL starts, Morrison has compiled a 11-7-3 record with a 4.14 goals against average and .850 save percentage.

Head coach Malcolm Cameron noted that Morrison’s experience is invaluable.

“Mike is a proven goaltender at the next two levels of hockey. His experience at that position will be vital to our team this season,” Cameron said.

Outside of spending his last two seasons in Europe (Austria and Sweden), Morrison has started in 192 games during his seven-year professional career. He has posted a 67-76-19 record with a 2.92 goals against average and a .895 save percentage. He also has four assists during his professional career from his backstop position.