LEE COUNTY, Fla. – Florida Everblades Legend Ernie Hartlieb may have retired from hockey full-time nearly a decade ago, but that hasn’t stopped him from impacting the team with his family.
The Blades understand the work it takes to get another Kelly Cup championship, and they trust a household name to get them there.
“This place has been my home since 2005, so it’s really our home as a family,” says Hartlieb.
Only it’s not that Hartlieb is leading the case.
“It’s actually Miranda who runs the store here, and she’s the boss,” Ernie said.
Ernie and his wife Miranda, a certified trainer, bought the gym inside the Hertz arena a few years ago and used it to train youth and professional athletes.
“People don’t always appreciate the game until you really enjoy it and you see the effect it has on your game and how much you can perform,” says Miranda.
Miranda runs the Hartlieb Elite Athletic Transformation Facility (HEAT) to train all levels of athletes.
“I want those people to come in here and feel like they’re still learning,” Miranda said.
The players are looking at what Ernie has done and trusting Hartlieb’s process.
“He is a local legend, and we all love him, and he loves hockey too. They have the gym there that they did a great job with all the kids in the area, and we’re so lucky we got a job there,” said Blake Winiecki, current player of Eveeblades said.
As much as a championship on the ice and in the weight room as a championship, it’s also about the people who push you to get there.
“So we really grew a family and that’s an important part of the Everblades organization. They just wanted to create a family atmosphere that we wanted to continue on this side of the rink,” said Miranda.
Everything the Hartlieb Elite Sports Transition Facility is working on has worked out as the Blades wrapped up the first half of the season as the top team in the conference as they aim for their second Kelly Cup title. club.
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