ESTERO, Fla. – The Florida Everblades announced that the team has agreed to terms with center Mike Aviani, defenseman Patrick McEachen and right winger Brant Harris for the 2014-15 season.
The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes and Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League and the Charlotte Checkers and Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
Aviani, 21, will make his pro debut this year after spending the last five seasons with the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. Last season he appeared in 69 games and accumulated a career-best 81 points (38g-43a). Aviani helped lead the Chiefs to the WHL playoffs in four of five seasons. The 5-11, 195-pound center from North Vancouver, British Columbia played in 42 career WHL playoff games posting a total of 28 points (9g-19a).
McEachen, 23, will enter his first professional season with the Everblades after registering 13 points (5g-8a) in 27 games as a senior at Queens University last season. In four seasons at Queens, the Stouffville, Ontario native skated in a total of 91 games with 39 points (11g-28a). The 6-1, 190 pound defenseman started his junior hockey career with the Stouffville Spirit of the Ontario Junior Hockey League where he played two seasons and accumulated 55 points in 96 games. While with the Spokes he had his career best year in 2008 posting 33 points (7g-26a) in 49 games.
Harris, 24, joins the Everblades after logging 26 points (11g-15a) last season at the University of Connecticut. In addition, Harris recorded three points in eight games played with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League last spring. The 6-1, 185-pound winger racked up a total of 112 points (52g-60a) during his four-year collegiate career at Connecticut.