ESTERO, FL – Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss announced today that Brad Tapper has been hired as the team’s assistant coach for the upcoming 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 Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League.
Tapper brings to the Everblades coaching staff extensive experience from his nine-year professional playing career. The 32-year-old’s career, which began in 2000-01, included three seasons in the National Hockey League with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2000-03.
During the course of his NHL career Tapper saw action in 71 total games registering 25 points. The former right-winger brings championship experience with him to the Everblades after winning titles with the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League in 2001 and with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League in 2002. The Scarborough, Ontario native played his final five professional seasons in the German Elite League with Nuremberg, Hannover and Iserlohn from 2004-09 where he registered 165 points in 187 games.