Hockey in Florida is a hockey fan’s dream. Just because you retire to Florida or you are on vacation in the Sunshine State, it does not mean that you can’t go to hockey games. In fact, if you are in the Englewood area you can enjoy hockey action at its best without traveling too far from home. A short drive either north or south from Englewood on I-75 will bring you to two Florida arenas that host professional hockey teams.
There are lots of activities and entertainment venues to fill your time without leaving the Englewood area. But, when you decide that you want a change from the four fabulous Englewood beaches, the great Florida golf courses and southwest Florida nature trails, there are many other great sports attractions within a short drive of Englewood.
From time to time during their stay in the Englewood area, many snowbirds feel the need for the occasional hockey fix. This need is easily accommodated because there are two professional teams within a short two-hour drive from Englewood, the NHL’s Tampa Lightning and the Florida Everblades of the ECHL. And, if you want to travel a little further there is a NHL team located in the Miami area, the Florida Panthers.
The Tampa Lightning
An hour and one half drive from your waterfront condo on one of Englewoods great Florida beaches, or wherever you live in the Englewood area, will take you to the St. Petes Times Forum for a National Hockey League game featuring the exciting Tampa Lightning.
If you are a fan of another NHL team, you can go to a Lightning game and watch Tampas super star forwards, the diminutive Martin St. Louis, and the Bolts young superstar, the scoring sensation Steven Stamkos, take on your heroes from Boston, Pittsburgh or some other National Hockey League destination.
The Florida Everblades
Hockey in Florida at an Everblades game is an even shorter distance from Englewood, making hockey in Florida even easier to enjoy.
This ECHL team and its opponents consist largely of young players trying to make their way up the ladder of professional hockey to the NHL. The action is fast and furious as each player strives to prove that he should be skating for a big league team.
The Everblades play their home games at the Germain Arena in Estero Florida. To see the Everblades in action, the driving directions are simple. Just follow I-75 south towards Fort Myers and Naples. Estero is about 65 miles from Englewood and is located approximately half way between Fort Myers and Naples. Your driving time from Englewood to the arena will be just over an hour.
The Florida Panthers
I know hockey fans, who when their favorite NHL team makes its swing through Florida, they get tickets for games not only in Tampa, but they travel south to Miami, to catch the action between their hockey heroes and the Florida Panthers.
If you prefer to get some exercise by skating yourself, rather than watching a game, there are several Florida hockey arenas which feature times for pleasure skating in the region.
Attending a hockey game or going to an ice skating rink in Florida has other benefits. When you leave the arena, after the game, or your pleasure skating session, you don’t have to clean snow from your car and scrape the ice from your windshield.
Hockey in Florida, you have to Enjoy Englewood Florida in the winter!