|2014–15 ECHL season|
|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|
|2003–2011||Colorado Eagles (CHL)|
|2011–present||Colorado Eagles (ECHL)|
|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 Pacific Division of the ECHL's Western Conference. 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.
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.
Central Hockey League era (2003–2011)
The franchise was founded in 2003 by former Montreal Canadiens player Ralph Backstrom. 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)
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. 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.
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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Overtime/shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|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)|
Awards and honors
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
- 2003–05, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2008–09
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