ESTERO, FLA – Florida Everblades General Manager Craig Brush, along with Director of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Brad Ralph, announced the signing of striker Blake Winiecki for the 2021/22 season on Monday. Winiecki is entering his fourth season with the Blades.After completing the 2019-20 season with the American Hockey League (AHL) Charlotte Checkers, Winiecki returned to the Everblades for the 2020-21 season. During the season Winiecki scored a total of 19 goals and 21 assists in 54 games. In the Kelly Cup Playoffs 2021, Winiecki played in all five games in which he scored two goals.
Born in Minnesota, he started with the Everblades in the 2017/18 season, where he played four games. Winiecki cemented his name with the Everblades in the 2018/19 season, in which the striker played 61 games, scoring 25 goals and 34 assists. He secured 16 total points in the Everblades 16-game Kelly Cup playoff stint.
After his breakout season, Winiecki continued to be an important asset to the team. In the 2019-20 season, Winiecki played 56 games and scored a total of 50 points (24 goals – 26 assists). Last season, Winiecki played 54 games and scored a total of 40 points (19 goals – 26 assists).
Before turning pro, Winiecki attended St. Cloud State University (NCHC), where he played NCAA Division I hockey. During his tenure with the Huskies, Winiecki achieved 75 points (37g-38a) in 145 career games.
The Everblades will return to the ice for their home opener against the Jacksonville Icemen on Saturday October 23rd.
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