Florida Everblades General Manager, Craig Brush, along with Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach, Brad Ralph, announced on Tuesday the re-signing of forward Michael Neville for the 2020-21 season.

Neville is returning for his third season with the Everblades and fourth overall as a professional hockey player. During the 2019-20 regular season, Neville tallied 15 points, netting just five goals while adding 10 assists. This comes after having been limited to just 31 games as a result of injury. Not only that, but the season was cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Ontario native began his professional career with the Idaho Steelheads where he appeared in 14 games. During that time, he scored two goals while adding an assist. The forward had his best season in 2018-2019. He scored 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 53 games played.

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Prior to becoming a professional hockey player, the Ontario native played four seasons at Michigan Tech University from 2013-17. During that time, he scored 15 goals and 45 assists in 155 career games.

“We are excited to have Mike Neville back as a core player for us,” said Ralph. “Mike is an extremely high character, team first kind of guy. He is relentless on the forecheck. His speed generates offence and his tenacity is contagious.”

Neville’s re-signing comes after the announcement of fellow forward John McCarron who will also return to the Everblades for the 2020-21 season. The Everblades return to Hertz Arena for the 2020-21 home opener on Saturday, October 17th against their crosstown rivals in the Orlando Solar Bears.

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