Surrey Eagles

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Surrey Eagles
Surrey Eagles logo.svg
CitySurrey, British Columbia, Canada
LeagueBritish Columbia Hockey League
ConferenceMainland
Founded1962 (1962)–63
Home arenaSouth Surrey Arena
ColoursNavy Blue, Green, White
              
General managerCanada Blaine Neufeld
Head coachCanada Linden Saip
CaptainJeremy Smith
Websitewww.surreyeagles.ca/
Franchise history
1988–1991New Westminster Royals
1991–1996Surrey Eagles
1996–2003South Surrey Eagles
2003–presentSurrey Eagles
Previous franchise history
1962–1971New Westminster Royals
1981–1983New Westminster Royals

The Surrey Eagles are a junior "A" ice hockey team based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Mainland Conference of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at South Surrey Arena.

History[edit]

New Westminster Royals[edit]

The city of New Westminster had been the home of a number of professional ice hockey teams, all named the New Westminster Royals, in the 1910s, 1940s and 1950s. In 1962, a New Westminster Royals team joined the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League. After five straight league championships, the PCJHL merged with the British Columbia Junior Hockey League in 1967. They were Abbott Cup Finalists in 1967, during the 1967 Memorial Cup playdowns. In 1971, the franchise was suspended when the Western Canada Junior Hockey League expanded with the New Westminster Bruins. In 1981, the Bruins skipped town and the Royals were reactivated for two seasons. In 1983, the Bruins returned to New Westminster and the Royals were again inactive. In 1988, the Bruins left town again and the Royals were reactivated. The Royals won the Fred Page Cup, as BCHL Champions, in 1989–90, then relocated to Surrey after the 1990–91 season. Future NHL star Cliff Ronning was a notable member of the early 1980s Royals squad. Future convicted fraudster Frank Biller played for the Royals from 1988-1990 (winning the BCHL championship), then joined the British Columbia firm Eron Mortgage Corp, becoming vice-president and chief mortgage broker and helping to execute the biggest fraud in British Columbia history, taking investors for $240 million (over $357 million today) before being shut down by the British Columbia Securities Commission in 1997.[1]

Surrey[edit]

The first four seasons in the South Surrey were very disappointing for the Eagles as they did not make it past the Quarter-Finals. It was seasons 5 and 6 that the team had its greatest success.

In 1997, their fifth season, the Eagles finished with a record of 47-7-6 for 100 points, and won the BCHL championship by defeating the Vernon Vipers in the Subway Cup. The Eagles then beat the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League champions Cranbrook Colts and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League to earn a berth in the Royal Bank Cup. In the tournament, held in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the Eagles went 3-1 in the round robin and beat the Kanata Valley Lasers 4-2 in the semi-final before losing to the host Summerside Western Capitals 4-3 in the championship game.

Season 6, 1998, would bring the ultimate goal, a Royal Bank Cup, to the South Surrey Eagles. This time, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, they cruised through the tournament, ultimately beating the Weyburn Red Wings 4-1 in the final.

The remaining seasons were also very strong regular seasons for Surrey. In 1999 they lost the league title to eventual Royal Bank Cup winners Vernon Vipers. They lost twice in the Semi-finals in that span and won the league title, Fred Page Cup, in 2005 overcoming Vernon Vipers, 4 games to 1. In the Doyle Cup series, Camrose Kodiaks defeated them, 4 games to 1.

In 2012/13 the Eagles had another very successful year. They won the British Columbia Hockey League championship by defeating the Penticton Vees in 6 games. Next they won the inaugural Crescent Point Energy Western Canada Cup with a 4-2 win over the Brooks Bandits in the championship game. At the Royal Bank Cup the Surrey Eagles went 3-1 in the round robin to finish in 2nd place, however in the Semi-Final, they lost to the host Summerside Western Capitals in overtime.

Season-by-season record[edit]

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

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points PIM Finish Playoffs
1962-67 New Westminister Royals PCJHL Statistics Not Available
1967-68 40 15 23 2 - 186 234 32 5th, BCJHL Did not qualify
1968-69 40 10 23 7 - 158 200 27 5th, BCJHL Did not qualify
1969-70 48 2 44 2 - 151 320 6 7th, BCJHL Did not qualify
1970-71 60 25 29 6 - 261 270 56 3rd, Central Lost in Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Centennials)
1971-81 New Westminister Royals Franchise Suspended
1981-82 48 39 9 0 - 362 196 78 1st, Coastal Lost in Finals, 1-4 (Knights)
1982-83 56 41 14 1 - 363 246 83 2nd, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 2-4 (Flyers)
1983-88 New Westminister Royals Franchise Suspended
1988-89 60 45 14 1 - 458 283 91 1st, Coastal Lost in Finals, 1-4 (Lakers)
1989-90 59 52 3 4 - 444 181 108 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4-2 (Lakers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup Champions
1990-91 60 38 21 1 - 310 236 77 1st, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Warriors)
1991 New Westminister Royals become Surrey Eagles
1991-92 60 22 37 1 - 256 356 45 5th, Coastal Did not qualify
1992-93 60 29 26 5 - 328 288 71 2nd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Clippers)
1993-94 60 29 30 1 - 289 324 59 3rd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1-4 (Capitals)
1994-95 60 37 21 2 - 316 259 76 3rd, Mainland Lost in Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Chiefs)
1995-96 60 32 27 1 - 267 276 65 3rd, Mainland Lost in Preliminary, 0-2 (Centennials)
1996-97 60 47 7 6 - 374 178 100 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4-1 (Vipers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup Champions
1997-98 60 43 15 2 - 322 200 88 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4-1 (Panthers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup, RBC Champions
1998-99 60 40 19 - 1 323 244 81 1st, Mainland Lost in Division Finals, 3-4 (Chiefs)
1999-00 60 27 27 6 - 258 283 60 4th, Mainland Did not qualify
2000-01 60 29 22 9 - 247 247 67 3rd, Mainland Lost in Quarterfinals, 0-3 (Salsa)
2001-02 60 31 24 5 - 251 263 67 2nd, Mainland Lost in Quarterfinals, 0-3 (Chiefs)
2002-03 60 29 24 1 6 211 209 65 3rd, Mainland Lost in Semifinals, 1-4 (Chiefs)
2003-04 60 38 16 1 5 276 212 82 2275 1st, Mainland Lost in Semifinals, 0-4 (Clippers)
2004-05 60 37 18 0 5 246 194 79 1859 1st, Mainland Fred Page Cup Champions, 4-1 (Vipers)
Mowat Cup Champions
2005-06 60 16 39 2 3 163 259 37 1236 4th, Mainland Did not qualify
2006-07 60 17 39 1 3 192 288 38 1008 8th, Coastal Lost in Preliminary, 1-4 (Clippers)
2007-08 60 33 23 1 3 234 213 70 994 3rd, Coastal Lost in Preliminary, 1-3 (Kings)
2008-09 60 28 25 1 6 199 205 63 1034 3rd, Mainland Lost in Division Semifinals, 1-4 (Kings)
2009-10 60 30 24 0 6 196 190 66 1076 5th, Coastal Lost in Division Quarterfinals, 2-4 (Chiefs)
2010-11 60 35 22 1 2 216 187 73 2nd, Coastal Lost Division Final 2-4 Kings
2011-12 60 36 15 2 7 217 187 81 2nd, Coastal Lost Division Final 1-4 Kings
2012-13 56 35 13 3 5 195 149 78 1st, Mainland Fred Page Cup Champions, 4-2 (Vees)
Western Canada Cup Champions (Brooks Bandits)*
Royal Bank Cup lost Semi-finals(Summerside)**
2013-14 58 25 30 1 2 201 232 53 4th, Mainland Lost Div. Semifinals, 2-4 (Rivermen)
2014-15 58 9 45 1 3 144 285 22 5th, Mainland DNQ
2015-16 58 7 48 1 2 139 308 17 6th, Mainland
17th, BCHL
DNQ
2016-17 58 18 36 4 0 187 269 40 5 - 6, Mainland
16 - 17, BCHL
DNQ
2017-18 58 26 22 8 2 189 208 62 3 - 5, Mainland
10 - 17, BCHL
Won Div. Semifinals 4-2 (Rivermen)
Lost Div. Finals 3–4 (Spruce Kings)

NHL alumni[edit]

Awards and trophies[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Staff writers (2005-09-08). "Biller gets 3 years for Eron fraud in B.C." CBC News. Retrieved 2018-04-26.

External links[edit]


Preceded by
Summerside Western Capitals
Royal Bank Cup Champions
1998
Succeeded by
Vernon Vipers