MacLean returns to Florida, club adds rookie Little

ESTERO, Fla. – Florida Everblades President and General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss announced Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms with forwards Brandon MacLean and Ryan Little for the 2013-14 season.

MacLean, 25, returns to the Everlades after posting 29 points (10g-19a) in 43 games last season. The 5-11, 180-pound forward initially joined the Everblades in the spring of 2012 registering seven points (3g-4a) in 13 regular-season games. In addition, MacLean added 13 points (4g-9a) in 18 playoff games for Florida, while scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of Game Five of the 2012 Kelly Cup Finals to lift Florida to its first ECHL championship.

Prior to the joining Florida, MacLean accumulated 143 points (47g-96a) in 108 games played during his four-year collegiate career at Carleton University. The Burlington, Ontario native played four seasons for the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (2004-08), totaling 111 points (47g-64a).

Little, 24, joins the Everblades after totaling a career best 11 points (5g-6a) in 40 appearances this past season with the University of Wisconsin. The 5-11, 185-pound forward concluded his five-year collegiate career as a defenseman for the Badgers collecting 34 points (14g-20a).

While at Wisconsin, Little received the program’s Fenton Kelsey Jr., Most Competitive Player Award following his junior and senior seasons, and was a four-time WCHA All-Academic Team recipient. The Fond du Lac, Wis. native logged 30 points (7g-23a) in three seasons with the Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) from 2005-08.