Everblades great John McCarron puts career on pause

ESTERO, Fla. — The Florida Everblades season begins in just over a month. However, for the first time in over a decade, the reigning Kelly Cup champions will be without their best player.

After six seasons with the Everblades, John McCarron is putting his career on pause.

“I didn’t wanna go back and just kind of go through the motions for another season,” he said. “It’s kind of an ongoing decision with my wife, my parents and my family. We’ve kind of talked about it over the last couple seasons.”

It’s been a long time coming. McCarron is now 30 years old. He has been with the team for six seasons, three of which he was a team captain. He waited for his break to get called up to the NHL, but the phone never rang. So, now he’s moving on.

“Focusing on my real world career,” McCarron said. “My family, having a new baby girl this summer.”

When the Everblades made the announcement, they phrased it as McCarron was putting his career on pause. However, McCarron sees it as a retirement. He said mentally he’s done with the game.

“I don’t know if the marketing department knows how to spell retire,” he said. “I guess they spell retire with p-a-u-s-e. I don’t know.”

McCarron only left the door open if the team’s roster is too small and they need an extra body. He is still planning on living in Fort Myers with his family.

McCarron concludes his career as one of the best in franchise history. He holds the Everblades records for games played, goals, assists and points. 

“When you look up in the rafters you’ll see a lot of divisional awards, Kelly Cup championships and I’m sure at some point you’ll see John’s number,” Head Coach Brad Ralph said.

McCarron was a fan favorite. He even earned the nickname Captain Everblade. Throughout his time in Southwest Florida, he racked up quite a few accolades, but he said the most important was when he hoisted the Kelly Cup above his head at the end of last season.

“I just wanna be remembered as one of the best leaders that Florida has had and as a champion,” McCarron said.

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