Craig Brush helped to found the ECHL’s Florida Everblades and Hertz Arena along with partners Peter Karmanos and Thomas Thewes in 1998. He has served as the team’s President and General Manager since inception and he oversees all aspects of both the hockey club and the sports complex. In their first 20 seasons, the Everblades have welcomed over four million fans, placing in the top 10 of ECHL attendance in every season, including leading the league for five consecutive seasons from 2000-01 through 2004-05. Florida has advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in 19 of 20 seasons, and has reached the Kelly Cup Finals four times, capturing the title in 2012. He served as the Chairman of the ECHL Board of Governors for three seasons from 2003 through 2006.