Everblades add Cornell, Montgomery to blue line

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 defensemen Mike Cornell and Kevin Montgomery for the 2015-16 season.

The Everblades are the ECHL affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes and the American Hockey League’s Charlotte Checkers.

Cornell returns to Florida after registering six points (2g-4a) in 17 games with the Everblades last season. The 27-year-old added four points (2g-2a) in 12 playoff games. In addition, Cornell recorded 11 points (3g-8a) in 44 American Hockey League games split between the Springfield Falcons, St. John’s IceCaps and Checkers last season.

Cornell has totaled 21 points (4g-17a) in 55 career games with the Everblades. He posted ten points (4g-6a) with 78 penalty minutes in 35 games played with the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 2013-14. The Burlington, Ontario native initially joined the Eveblades in the spring of 2013 after wrapping up a decorated four-year career at the University of Maine that saw the defender post 30 points (6g-24a).

Montgomery joins the Everblades after logging eight points (2g-6a) in 22 games in Europe last season split between Valpellice (Italy), Caldaro SG (Italy) and Banska Bystrica HC 05 (Slovakia). The 27-year-old brings a wealth of American Hockey League experience to the Everblades, having totaled 43 points (6g-37a) in 190 career AHL games split between the Lake Erie Monsters and Oklahoma City Barons.

The Rochester, N.Y. native pieced together three productive seasons with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League amassing 96 points (12g-84a) during his junior career. He was a fourth-round selection (110th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.