Everblades Surma Is Offensive Leader

Florida left wing Damian Surma scored eight points (4g-4a) in three games last week and the 23-year-old leads the ECHL with seven goals, 12 points and a plus-minus rating of +9 and is tied for the league lead with three power-play goals. Surma’s teammate Reggie Berg is second in the league with 11 points and is tied for the league lead in assists with six and tied for second in goals with five.

In a 6-3 win against Mississippi on October 29, the 5-10 and 205-pound Surma scored his first hat trick as a pro and added an assist giving him a career professional best four points. Surma had an assist in regulation and scored in the shootout in Florida’s 4-3 shootout win against Gwinnett on October 26 and had three points (1g-2a) and was +4 in a 5-4 loss at Pensacola on October 30.

Selected in the sixth round (174th overall) by Carolina in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft and under contract to Lowell of the American Hockey League, Surma was one of three players who played in the ECHL, the American Hockey League and the National Hockey League in 2003-04. Surma had 15 points (6g-9a) in 18 regular season games and nine points (5g-4a) in 16 games in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the Everblades in 2003-04. He scored eight points (3g-5a) in 48 regular season games with Lowell of the AHL and had one assist in one game with Carolina in the NHL. The others who played in the ECHL, the AHL and the NHL were goaltenders Dan Ellis (Idaho, Utah and Dallas) and Adam Munro (Gwinnett, Chicago and Atlanta).