ESTERO, Fla. – Florida Everblades president and general manager Craig Brush along with head coach Greg Poss announced today the team has agreed to terms with centerman David Rutherford.
The 24-year-old is coming off his most productive season as a pro. His 35 goals and 67 points led the Central Hockey League’s Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs during the 2010-11 regular season. Rutherford also averaged over a point a game in the CHL playoffs scoring 22 points in 20 games helping the Mudbugs claim their fourth President’s Cup Championship. The Ladner, British Columbia native’s 12 goals in the post-season, along with teammate Jeff Kyrzakos, led all Central Hockey League playoff performers.
Rutherford started his professional career in the ECHL with the Charlotte Checkers and Phoenix Roadrunners in 2008-09. In 64 games with the two clubs, he scored 19 goals and added 17 assists for 36 points. Prior to turning pro, the 5-foot-8, 180-pound Rutherford spent three seasons in the Western Hockey League with Spokane and Vancouver. Rutherford’s first championship took place in 2008 with Spokane as the Chiefs claimed the Memorial Cup after posting a 50-15-7 regular season record. He scored 111 points (57g-54a) in 162 career WHL games with 242 penalty minutes.