ESTERO, Fla. – Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss announced that the team has agreed to terms with forward Matt Marquardt for the 2015-16 season.
The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League and the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.
Marquardt, 28, enters his fourth season with the Everblades after posting 33 points (18g-15a) in 40 regular-season games last season, while also recording seven points (2g-5a) in 12 playoff appearances. Prior to re-joining the Everblades last January, Marquardt logged 20 points (8g-12a) in 37 games with Germany’s Kaufbeuren ESV (DEL-2).
The 6-3, 229-pound winger registered 13 points (6g-7a) in 61 appearances with the Checkers during the 2013-14 season.
A seventh-round selection (194th overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Marquardt has totaled 92 points (42g-50a) in 122 regular-season games with the Everblades from 2011-15. He played a key role in the Everblades’ 2012 Kelly Cup championship run registering 18 points (6g-12a) in 18 playoff appearances. In addition, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Florida to a 4-3 victory over the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 3 of the Kelly Cup Finals. He was originally acquired by the Everblades in a trade with Bakersfield on Jan.6, 2012.
The North Bay, Ontario native has accumulated 65 points (26g-39a) in 268 games played in the American Hockey League in stints with Providence, Springfield, Oklahoma City and Charlotte (2012-2014).
He amassed 164 points during his junior career with the Moncton Wildcats (2005-08) and the Baie-Comeau Drakkar (2008) of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.