ESTERO, Fla. – As the game becomes quicker and more skilled, players have had to either adapt to fit into team’s rosters needs or face being fazed out. Since the time of carrying a true one-dimensional enforcer is over, who do the Florida Everblades have to make an offensive impact but also drop the gloves?
More than just a big-bodied winger
Bulmer, 6’4, 212-pounds, has posted 18 goals and 16 assists in his 60 games played with the ‘Blades since the start of the season.
“Brett continues to be an integral part of our success. He is a great teammate on and off the ice. His experience and skill level has been impactful this season,” said associate head coach Tad O’Had. “He’s a player that is willing to shed the mitts, drive the net and do the things necessary for our team to win. He’s a piece of the puzzle.”
As the ‘Blades continue to dominate in the Eastern Conference, Bulmer has been there changing momentum – not just by dropping the gloves. The winger has had multi-point games in four different battles this year, recording nine points in his last 11 games.
“For me, it’s playing an all-around game, skating and being a force out there,” Bulmer said.
A second-round selection of the Minnesota Wild in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Bulmer remained in Minnesota’s system from 2011-16. During his 17-game stint with the Wild, he notched three assists.
Bulmer played 203 games in the American Hockey League where he notched 23 goals and 32 assists with the Iowa Wild and Houston Aeros.
Bulmer’s fight card
The 25-year-old deters from the dying term of enforcer, but with that said, Bulmer’s 2017-18 season fight card has clocked eight battles and is one penalty away from leading the ‘Blades in penalty minutes with 128.
“If it’s there I’ll do it. If not, I’ll play my own game and be a guy who can play offensive and take care of the puck. But yea, if I have to drop the mitts I’ll do it for the boys,” Bulmer said after Saturday night’s fight against Orlando Solar Bears Sam Jardine.
This season is the most games Bulmer has played at the ECHL level in his professional career. Since 2012, Bulmer has clocked 16 career fights in the American Hockey League and two in the NHL. He’s also collected 951 penalty minutes in 618 games since the start of his career in the WHL.
The Everblades and Bulmer kick off a home series against the Norfolk Admirals beginning this Wednesday night.