The Everblades and Gladiators have been fierce rivals since the Gladiators came on the scene in 2003. The team was originally the Mobile Mysticks, an ECHL franchise that played from 1995-2002, the team was transferred to Duluth Georgia for the 2003 season.
The Everblades have been responsible for some recent disappointments for the Gladiators. They knocked them out in the first round of the playoffs in the 08-09 season, and ruined any chance they had at making the playoffs last season. Ruining the Glads teddy bear toss last season was pretty funny though...
Games between these fierce rivals are almost always very physical affairs with lots of fights.
One Everblades player in particular seemed to relish getting physical with the Gladiators.
The first game against Gwinnett is October 15th, and it can't come fast enough.