Colorado Eagles

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Colorado Eagles
2014–15 ECHL season
Colorado Eagles logo.svg
City Loveland, Colorado
League ECHL
Conference Western Conference
Division Midwest Division
Founded 2003
Home arena Budweiser Events Center
Colors Black, Gold, Red, Blue
Owner(s) Colorado Eagles Professional Hockey LLC
General manager Chris Stewart
Head coach Chris Stewart
Media The Coloradoan
Loveland Reporter-Herald
Affiliates Calgary Flames (NHL)
Adirondack Flames (AHL)
Franchise history
2003–2011 Colorado Eagles (CHL)
2011–present Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
Championships
Regular season titles 3 (2005, 2006, 2009)
Division Championships 6 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Conference Championships 5 (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
Ray Miron President's Cup 2 (2005, 2007)

The Colorado Eagles are a professional ice hockey team based in Loveland, Colorado. The Eagles play in the Midwest Division of the ECHL's Western Conference.[1] They served as the second-tier affiliate of the National Hockey League's Winnipeg Jets and the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps until the end of the 2012-2013 hockey season.[2]

The Eagles were founded as an expansion franchise in 2003 in the Central Hockey League and remained in the league until June 2011. During their time in the CHL, the Eagles won two Ray Miron President's Cups, three regular season titles, five conference titles and six division titles in eight seasons. The Eagles play at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland and serves the Fort Collins-Loveland metropolitan area.

Franchise history[edit]

Central Hockey League era (2003–2011)[edit]

The franchise was founded in 2003 by former Montreal Canadiens player Ralph Backstrom.[3] The Eagles advanced to the playoffs in their first season and won the CHL championship in their second season, 2004–05. They won their division in 2005–06, but lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs, after having defeated the Oklahoma City Blazers in the first round. They would again win the CHL Championship in 2006–07, defeating the Laredo Bucks four games to two in the Cup Finals.

After the 2007–08 season, coach Chris Stewart retired, and Kevin McClelland was named as his replacement. Following the 2009–10 season, McClelland was not retained and Stewart - who had been working as team President and GM since leaving the bench - resumed head coaching duties. Stewart is currently President, GM and Head Coach.

During the 2008–09 season, the Eagles hosted the 2009 CHL All-Star Game and took on a group of CHL All-Stars from various teams. The exhibition took place on January 14, 2009 at the Budweiser Events Center, with the Eagles defeating the CHL All-Stars, 8-4.

Move to ECHL (2011–present)[edit]

During the 2011 Ray Miron President's Cup playoffs, the Eagles had been rumored to be transferring to the ECHL following the completion of the playoffs.[4][5] Former International Hockey League commissioner Dennis Hextall has stated that he had heard that the Colorado Eagles may already be included in the ECHL's tentative schedule for the 2011–12 season.[6]

On May 29, 2011, KEVN in Rapid City, South Dakota reported that Colorado was to move to the ECHL in time for the 2011–12 season.[7] The following day, the team announced that they would have a press conference on May 31 at the Budweiser Events Center and that local media were urged to attend and fans urged to listen to the press conference online or on a local radio station.[8] At the press conference, Head Coach, General Manager and President Chris Stewart announced that the team had been accepted as an expansion franchise in the ECHL for the 2011–12 season.

In August 2011, the Eagles were assigned to the Western Conference's Mountain Division as part of the league realignment for the 2011–12 ECHL season.[9] The team became part of the newly-organized Midwest Division in June 2014 along with the Evansville IceMen, Fort Wayne Komets, Kalamazoo Wings and expansion Indy Fuel.[1] However, due to the schedule already being finalized, apart from a late March series against Kalamazoo the Eagles will not face their division foes during the 2014–15 regular season. Instead the Eagles will play teams primarily from the reorganized Pacific Division.[10]

Season-by-season record[edit]

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Overtime/shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Records as of end of the 2013–14 ECHL season.[11]

Season GP W L T Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2003–04 64 43 16 5 91 232 156 1453 1st, Northwest Lost in Conference Semifinals, 1–3 (Wichita)
2004–05 60 43 10 7 93 221 123 1345 1st, Northwest Ray Miron President's Cup Champions, 4–1 (Laredo)
2005–06 64 44 14 6 94 241 183 1898 1st, Northwest Lost in Conference Finals, 1–4 (Bossier-Shreveport)
2006–07 64 46 17 1 93 256 182 1944 1st, Northwest Ray Miron President's Cup Champions, 4–2 (Laredo)
2007–08 64 37 20 7 81 254 223 1637 1st, Northwest Lost in Ray Miron President's Cup Finals, 0–4 (Arizona)
2008–09 64 45 15 4 94 275 195 1429 1st, Northwest Lost in Ray Miron President's Cup Finals, 1–4 (Texas)
2009–10 64 42 15 7 91 277 208 1557 2nd, Northern Lost in Conference Semifinals, 0–4 (Bossier-Shreveport)
2010–11 66 40 22 4 84 250 199 1352 2nd, Turner Lost in Ray Miron President's Cup Finals, 3–4 (Bossier-Shreveport)
2011–12 72 38 28 6 82 250 252 1485 2nd, Mountain Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Stockton)
2012–13 72 34 31 7 75 239 224 1534 3rd, Mountain Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Idaho)
2013–14 71 33 26 12 78 211 218 1158 4th, Mountain Lost in Conference Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Idaho)

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated September 21, 2014[12]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
20 Canada Beatty, JasonJason Beatty (A) D L 31 2007 Sturgis, Saskatchewan Eagles
2 United States Bidwill, ArthurArthur Bidwill D R 27 2012 Fontana, Wisconsin Eagles
Canada Bootland, DarrylDarryl Bootland F R 32 2014 Schomberg, Ontario Eagles
45 United States Daavettila, TrentTrent Daavettila F L 30 2012 Howell, Michigan Eagles
21 Canada Gardner, GregGreg Gardner F L 27 2013 Cold Lake, Alberta Eagles
8 United States Hau, A.J.A.J. Hau F L 28 2013 Fort Collins, Colorado Eagles
5 Canada Johnston, DanielDaniel Johnston D R 21 2013 Calgary, Alberta Eagles
Canada Kwas, JordanJordan Kwas F R 25 2014 Cochrane, Alberta Eagles
Canada Rodwell, DerekDerek Rodwell LW R 24 2014 Taber, Alberta Eagles
Canada Saunders, ClarkeClarke Saunders G L 25 2014 Brockville, Ontario Eagles
4 Canada Smeltzer, IsaacIsaac Smeltzer D L 27 2012 Estevan, Saskatchewan Eagles
9 United States Ulanski, KevinKevin Ulanski (A) F L 32 2008 Madison, Wisconsin Eagles
Canada Vause, TaylorTaylor Vause C R 22 2014 Calgary, Alberta Eagles
Canada Zahn, TeiganTeigan Zahn D L 24 2014 Regina, Saskatchewan Eagles
United States Zimmerman, SeanSean Zimmerman D R 27 2014 Denver, Colorado Eagles

Retired numbers[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Ray Miron President's Cup
CHL playoff champion

  • 2004–05, 2006–07

Bud Poile Governors' Cup
CHL regular season champion

  • 2004–05, 2005–06, 2008–09

Conference playoff championship

  • 2004–05, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11

Division titles

  • 2003–05, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting concludes", ECHL, June 24, 2014. (accessed 24 June 2014)
  2. ^ Press release (May 14, 2013). "Jets cut ties to ECHL club". Winnipeg Free Press. Retrieved May 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd. p. 163. ISBN 1-894974-21-2. 
  4. ^ Sandalow, Brian (April 30, 2011). "Icy future awaiting Bees?". The Monitor. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Cohn, Justin A. (May 6, 2011). "Lots of excitement". The Journal Gazette. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ DeVrieze, Craig (April 29, 2011). "Change rumors swirl in the CHL". Quad-City Times. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ Coppock, Cory (May 29, 2011). "Colorado Eagles moving to ECHL". KEVN-TV. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ Press release (May 30, 2011). "Eagles schedule new conference for Tuesday". The Coloradoan. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Press release (August 1, 2011). "Annual ECHL Board of Governors meeting concludes". ECHL. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  10. ^ Colorado Eagles 2014-15 schedule, ECHL. (accessed 24 June 2014)
  11. ^ Hockeydb.com, Colorado Eagles season statistics and records.
  12. ^ "Colorado Eagles Roster". Retrieved 2011-11-06. 

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