ESTERO, Fla. – Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss announced Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms with forwards Trevor Bruess and Evan Chlanda for the 2013-14 season.
Bruess, 27, returns to the Everblades after missing much of last season with an injury, which limited him to just eight games played (2g-3a). Despite this, Bruess still was the recipient of the team’s Piper Buckley Community Service Award for his contributions to the communities of Southwest Florida. Bruess totaled 40 points (18g-22a) along with 86 penalty minutes, and a +15 rating during the 2011-12 season, while adding 12 points in 18 playoff appearances to help lead the Everblades to the Kelly Cup championship.
Prior to Florida, the 6-0, 192-pound gritty forward spent two seasons in the Washington Capitals affiliation system with the Hershey Bears and the South Carolina Stingrays. He registered five assists and 76 penalty minutes in 36 appearances with Hershey during the 2010-11 season. The previous year, he logged a goal and an assist in 14 games with the Bears, while also adding 25 points (8g-17a) and 76 penalty minutes in 46 games played with the Stingrays.
The Minneapolis, Minn. native played three seasons at Minnesota State University-Mankato totaling 61 career points (24g-37a) and 273 penalty minutes.
Chlanda, 25, heads to Florida after spending the past four seasons at Utica College. The 6-4, 216-pound forward captained the Pioneers last season, while posting 19 points (4g-15a) in 27 appearances. He also helped lead Utica to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four last season. Chlanda is a three-time ECAC Men’s West All -Conference selection.
The Islip, N.Y. native accumulated 93 points (40g-53a) during his four-year collegiate career, which included a career best 34-point season in 2011-12.