Colorado Eagles


Colorado Eagles
Colorado Eagles
2010–11 Colorado Eagles season
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City Loveland, Colorado
League ECHL
Conference Western
Division Mountain
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 Winnipeg Jets(NHL)
St. John's IceCaps(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 Mountain Division of the ECHL's Western Conference,[1] where they serve as the "Double-A" affiliate of the National Hockey League's Winnipeg Jets and the American Hockey League's St. John's IceCaps [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.

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Franchise history

Central Hockey League era (2003–2011)

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)

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.[1]

Season-by-season record

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 2010–11 Central Hockey League season.[9]

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)

Players

Current roster

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Updated November 6, 2011.[10]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
78 Canada Aliu, AkimAkim Aliu RW R 22 2011 Okene, Nigeria Jets
35 Canada Carrozzi, ChrisChris Carrozzi G R 21 2011 Nepean, Ontario Jets
67 Canada Chorneyko, AdamAdam Chorneyko LW L 23 2010 St. Albert, Alberta Eagles
21 United States Combs, JackJack Combs RW L 23 2011 St. Louis, Missouri Eagles
13 United States Costello, ChadChad Costello F R 25 2011 Johnston, Iowa Eagles
7 United States Forney, MichaelMichael Forney F R 23 2011 Thief River Falls, Minnesota Jets
10 Canada Haddon, SteveSteve Haddon LW L 27 2006 Sarnia, Ontario Eagles
28 United States Hau, A.J.A.J. Hau F L 25 2010 Fort Collins, Colorado Eagles
29 Canada Jones, KyleKyle Jones G L 28 2010 North Delta, British Columbia Eagles
16 United States Maiani, AnthonyAnthony Maiani C L 22 2011 Shelby Township, Michigan Eagles
44 United States Maxwell, TommyTommy Maxwell RW R 25 2011 Spokane, Washington IceCaps
12 Canada Nelson, RileyRiley Nelson (C) C L 34 2003 Cranbrook, British Columbia Eagles
32 Canada Penner, AlexAlex Penner LW L 25 2011 Simcoe, Ontario Eagles
5 Canada Peto, KyleKyle Peto D L 29 2010 Lethbridge, Alberta Eagles
23 Canada Schneekloth, AaronAaron Schneekloth (A) D L 33 2006 Calgary, Alberta Eagles

Retired numbers

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

Division titles

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

References

  1. ^ a b Press release (August 1, 2011). "Annual ECHL Board of Governors meeting concludes". ECHL. http://echl.com/annual-echl-board-of-governors-meeting-concludes-p172058. Retrieved August 1, 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.coloradoeagles.com/news.php?nid=1028
  3. ^ Scott, Jon C. (2006). Hockey Night in Dixie: Minor Pro Hockey in the American South. Heritage House Publishing Company Ltd.. p. 163. ISBN 1894974212. 
  4. ^ Sandalow, Brian (April 30, 2011). "Icy future awaiting Bees?". The Monitor. http://www.themonitor.com/sports/icy-49821-awaits-bees.html. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  5. ^ Cohn, Justin A. (May 6, 2011). "Lots of excitement". The Journal Gazette. http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20110506/BLOGS11/110509639. Retrieved May 25, 2011. 
  6. ^ DeVrieze, Craig (April 29, 2011). "Change rumors swirl in the CHL". Quad-City Times. http://qctimes.com/sports/hockey/professional/minor/article_1c52f030-7221-11e0-9887-001cc4c03286.html. Retrieved May 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ Coppock, Cory (May 29, 2011). "Colorado Eagles moving to ECHL". KEVN-TV. http://www.blackhillsfox.com/2011/05/29/Colorado-Eagles-moving-to-ECHL. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  8. ^ Press release (May 30, 2011). "Eagles schedule new conference for Tuesday". The Coloradoan. http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20110530/UPDATES02/110530012/Eagles-schedule-news-conference-Monday?odyssey=tab. Retrieved May 30, 2011. 
  9. ^ Hockeydb.com, Colorado Eagles season statistics and records.
  10. ^ "Colorado Eagles Roster". http://echl.com/stats/roster.php?step=&sub=&season_id=22&team_id=56. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 

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