Soo Eagles

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Soo Eagles
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City Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, United States
League North American Hockey League
Division North
Founded 1962
Home arena Pullar Stadium
Colors Black, Yellow, and White
              
General manager Bruno Bragagnolo
Head coach Bruno Bragagnolo
Franchise history
1962-2003 Espanola Eagles
2003-2006 Northern Michigan Black Bears
2006-2007 Soo Indians
2008-Present Soo Eagles

The Soo Eagles are a Junior "A" ice hockey team from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. They are a part of the North American Hockey League.

History[edit]

Eagles era(s)[edit]

The Eagles existed four different times. From 1962 until 1971, Espanola joined the NOJHL as it was formed and stayed until a year before it folded due to lack of enough competition. They joined the local NOHA Junior "B" league. In 1972, the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and Sudbury Wolves walked away from the league to join the Ontario Hockey League. They reemerged in 1978 and stayed until 1988. They came back from 1991 until 1995. Their last stint in the league lasted from 1998 until 2003. Espanola, a very small Northern town, always struggled to keep the team viable and competitive. They were never an overly successful team, but they did win the 1963 McNamara Trophy as league champions. In their last season (2002–03), they won only 5 games the whole season. Their last win was against the Sudbury Northern Wolves. At the end of that season, the Screaming Eagles were bought and were relocated to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. Most players did not follow, and moved on to other teams.

Black Bears era[edit]

As the Northern Michigan Black Bears, the franchise celebrated some of its most successful hockey in years. After 3 winning seasons and a trip to the league finals in 2004-05, the ownership group decided to sell the financially unstable team.

Indians era[edit]

In late summer of 2006, New York Land developer Charles Perdicaro bought and renamed the black bears the Soo Indians. Perdicaro hired Jim Capy to coach the Indians. The Indians are made up of players from all over the United States, including players from Minnesota, Michigan, New York, Illinois. Over Christmas break Perdicaro fired Capy and his staff due to "philosophical differences" and hired Kevin Cain to take over.

The Soo Indians went on to win the NOJHL's McNamara Trophy as 2007 playoff champions but were not successful at the Dudley Hewitt Cup.

In Spring 2007, Perdicaro put the Indians up for sale. Perdicaro failed to find a buyer and were not able to ice a team for the 2007-08 season.

Eagles era[edit]

The Indians were sold in early 2008, and changed their name to the Soo Eagles. They began play in 2008-09.

Capping the 2010-2011 season, the Soo Eagles finished with a 37-10-3 record, 2nd in the West Division behind the Soo Thunderbirds; 2nd overall in the NOJHL. Brian Depp, a native of Fenton, Michigan, led the Eagles in scoring with 73 points, tied for 3rd in the NOJHL.

The Eagles began the 2010-11 playoffs with a matchup against the Blind River Beavers. The Eagles disposed of the Beavers in 5 games, gliding to the West Division Final against their rivals, the Soo Thunderbirds. The Eagles upset the regular-season champion Soo Thunderbirds winning in 6 games in a hard fought series.

The Eagles faced off in a best-of-seven playoff series against the Sudbury Jr. Wolves for the 2010-11 NOJHL title. They won the title in six games. This win put them into the Dudley Hewitt Cup Championship, finishing third.

On March 2, 2012, the Soo Eagles announced that they were leaving the NOJHL for the North American Hockey League. The Eagles bought the franchise rights of the Traverse City North Stars to make the move possible.

On March 24, 2012, the Eagles played their final NOJHL game, a 4-2 loss to the Soo Thunderbirds in front of a hometown crowd in Pullar Stadium. The loss completed a 4-game-sweep of the Eagles in their semi-final series with the Thunderbirds.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Season GP W L T/OTL PTS GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
Espanola Eagles (NOJHL)
1978-79 40 5 35 0 10 N/A N/A N/A 6th did not qualify
1979-80 40 4 32 2 10 203 383 N/A 6th no playoffs
1980-81 40 15 20 5 35 222 282 N/A 4th no playoffs
1981-82 42 14 27 1 29 207 251 N/A 7th did not qualify
1982-83 42 21 19 2 44 234 250 N/A 4th did not qualify
1983-84 40 4 32 4 12 211 430 N/A 6th did not qualify
1984-85 40 8 28 4 20 221 377 N/A 6th did not qualify
1985-86 41 8 33 0 16 211 446 N/A 7th did not qualify
1986-87 37 4 31 2 10 169 316 N/A 4th did not qualify
1987-88 39 6 31 2 14 172 315 N/A 5th did not qualify
1988-89 40 25 10 5 55 274 202 N/A 3rd did not qualify
1989-91 Did Not Participate
1991-92 48 10 37 1 11 177 371 N/A 6th did not qualify
1992-93 48 11 37 0 22 163 345 N/A 6th did not qualify
1993-94 40 23 16 1 47 272 206 N/A 2nd lost in Semifinals
1994-95 48 6 39 3 15 173 389 N/A 7th did not qualify
1995-98 Did Not Participate
1998-99 40 8 30 2 18 150 281 N/A 6th did not qualify
Espanola Screaming Eagles (NOJHL)
1999-00 40 4 34 2 10 128 329 N/A 5th did not qualify
2000-01 40 8 29 3 19 99 200 N/A 6th did not qualify
2001-02 42 13 27 2 28 168 294 N/A 6th did not qualify
2002-03 48 5 43 0 10 140 404 N/A 7th did not qualify
Northern Michigan Black Bears (NOJHL)
2003-04 48 25 17 6 56 199 170 857 2nd, West lost in Seminfinals
2004-05 48 28 13 7 63 174 126 824 1st, West lost in Final
2005-06 48 27 15 6 60 180 142 872 2nd, West lost in Semifinal
Soo Indians (NOJHL)
2006-07 48 31 15 2 64 193 145 1,071 1st, West Champions
2007-08 Did Not Participate
Soo Eagles (NOJHL)
2008-09 50 26 21 3 55 257 209 932 2nd, West lost in Semifinal
2009-10 50 27 18 5 59 224 213 894 3rd, West lost in Semifinal
2010-11 50 37 10 3 77 256 159 846 2nd, West Champions
2011-12 50 35 11 4 74 290 171 729 2nd, West lost in Semifinal
Soo Eagles (NAHL)
2012-13 60 41 14 5 87 203 152 992 1st, North Lost in Division Final
2013-14 60 25 27 8 58 149 187 970 6th of 6, North
18th of 24 league
did not qualify

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