'Blades sign Hartlieb to deal09/23/05 - ECHL (ECHL) Florida Everblades
ESTERO, FL - Florida Everblades president & general manager Craig Brush, along with head coach Gerry Fleming announced today that the team has signed forward Ernie Hartlieb to a contract for the 2005-06 season.
Hartlieb spent the 2004-05 season with three teams in two leagues. After beginning the season with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League where he skated in two games, the 25-year-old joined the Everblades for 15 games, scoring 12 points (3g, 12a). In December, Hartlieb earned a call-up to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL where he spent the remainder of the regular season, notching nine points (3g, 6a) in 44 games. Following the regular season the Marshfield, Massachusetts native re-joined the Everblades for the playoffs, during which he scored six goals and added two assists in 14 post-season games.
"Ernie proved to be an integral part of our playoff success last year, and we were real happy to close a deal with him for this season." said Fleming. "Ernie brings a solid resume with him to our club, having spent parts of the past three years in the AHL, and his leadership will be a big addition to the organization"
In 2003-04 Hartlieb spent the entire season in the AHL with the Worcester Ice Cats, scoring 35 points (14g, 21a) in 63 games. Prior to that, the former Miami (Ohio) University product split the 2002-03 campaign between the Arkansas Riverblades of the ECHL and Worcester. Hartlieb tallied 21 goals and 34 assists in 47 games with Arkansas, then chalked up 15 points (7g, 8a) in 24 games with the IceCats. His first full professional season in 2001-02 was spent with Arkansas scoring 7 goals and adding 27 assists in 71 games. Hartlieb entered the pro ranks with the Dayton Bombers of the ECHL in 2000-01 skating in five games, picking up two assists.
Prior to turning pro, Hartlieb spent four seasons with Miami (Ohio) University, where he scored 55 points (20g, 35a) in 116 career games. Hartlieb becomes the sixth player signed by the Everblades that skated with the team last season, and the eighth player overall signed.
The Everblades begin the 2005-06 season on Friday, October 21 vs. Texas at Germain Arena. Visit www.floridaeverblades.com and www.germainarena.com for more information on ticket packages, pricing and upcoming Germain Arena events.