ESTERO - Florida Everblades President & General Manager Craig Brush along with Head Coach Greg Poss have announced that John Sellars has been named head equipment manager, while Steve Ruhmel has been appointed as the team's new head athletic trainer.
Sellars joins the Everblades after spending the past three seasons as the Head equipment manager for the Elmira Jackals (ECHL). Prior to his time in Elmira, The Summer-ville, S.C., native has served as the head equipment manager for the Augusta Lynx (ECHL), Roanoke Valley Vipers (UHL) and the Fayetteville Fireantz (SPHL). Sellars also served as a lockeroom attendant for the South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL) from 1999 to 2005.
Sellars is also a member of the Society of Profes-sional Head Equipment Managers (SPHEM). Sellars replaces Jason Berger who accepted the head equipment manager position with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League earlier this summer.
Ruhmel enters his first season with the Everblades after spending the past two years as the head athletic trainer for the women's hockey program at Elmira College. In addition, the Lutz, Fla., native also served in a similar role with the college's men's hockey program. Prior to his time at the collegiate level, Ruhmel was an athletic training intern with the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League in 2010. Ruhmel was also a student athletic trainer at the University of South Florida, servicing the university's football, hockey, baseball, tennis, volleyball and soccer programs.
Ruhmel earned a master of science in education with a certificate in health services management from Elmira College in 2012. He earned a bachelor of science in athletic training from the University of South Florida in 2010.
Ruhmel replaces Dustin Flynn who accepted a position as the head athletic trainer with the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League this past summer.
The Everblades open up their 15th Anniversary season against Orlando this Friday, Oct. 12, at 7:30 p.m. The Everblades will raise their championship banner prior to the game. The first 2,500 fans will receive a championship mini-banner.
The two teams meet again the following day on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. The first 5,000 fans to enter the arena for the Saturday game will receive an Everblades Magnet schedule courtesy of Jack's Cleaning Services.
Individual games tickets for preseason and opening weekend are currently on sale! Stop by any Ticketmaster outlet, or the Capital Bank Box Office at Germain Arena. The Capital Bank Box Office is open Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fans may also call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000, or order online at www.ticketmaster.com
For more information, call 239-948-7825.