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Blades add 4th member on defense

September 12, 2012
Special to the Breeze ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Kelly Cup champion Florida Everblades are adding a championship caliber defenseman to their defensive unit for the upcoming season.

Jeff Dimmen, who helped lead the Norfolk Admirals to the team's first AHL Calder Cup championship three months ago, agreed to terms on Tuesday with the Everblades.

In recent days, they also added forwards Trevor Bruess and Brayden Irwin, both of whom contributed to the team's Kelly Cup championship.

All have agreed to terms for the 2012-13 ECHL season that begins in just four weeks.

The Everblades now have a total of eight players returning for another season. Dimmen is the fourth member of the defensive unit, so far, and the 11th player overall to agree to terms.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Dimmen, 26, contributed 17 points (3g, 14a), 63 penalty minutes, and a plus-9 rating in 64 appearances with the Admirals last season. The blue-liner also had one assist in six Calder Cup playoff games.

Dimmen is the fourth member of the defensive unit, so far, and the 11th player overall to agree to terms with the Everblades.

"Jeff is a solid two-way defenseman, who won a Calder Cup with Norfolk last season," said Everblades coach Greg Poss. "He is a hard-hitting player who also can contribute on the power play."

The native of Colorado Springs totaled 67 points (27g, 40a), which includes a 30-point junior season, during a four-year collegiate career at the University of Maine (2007-2011). During his time with the Black Bears, he played in the annual College Classic tournament in December at Germain Arena.

The other three members of the defensive unit to date are Sean Whitney, Taylor Ellington and Bobby Raymond.

The Everblades open their 15th anniversary season at Germain Arena on Friday, Oct. 12 against the Orlando Solar Bears. The two teams also meet a week earlier for a pair of preseason games Oct. 5 and 6 at Germain Arena.

Individual game tickets are now available at the box office.



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