Based in Loveland, CO, the ice hockey team Colorado Eagles play at the Budweiser Events Center, within the Mountain Division of the ECHL's Western Conference. Their home arena sold out 431 hockey games in 14 seasons. They continue to shine within their division, with the NHL selecting numerous Eagles' players.
After their move to the ECHL, the Colorado Eagles finished their season with 63 wins, 21 ties and just six losses - before finishing the playoffs 16-4. Fans of this fast, high-scoring team enthusiastically support their hometown Eagles, never missing a game.
Colorado Eagles' background
Former Montreal Canadiens player Ralph Backstrom founded Colorado Eagles in 2003. The team made their way to the playoffs within their first season. Although they fell short, they won the CHL championship within their 2004-2005 season. This momentum continued, as they won two Ray Miron President's Cups, five Conference and six Division titles (within eight seasons) and three regular season titles.
An exciting event took place in the 2008-2009 season, when Colorado Eagles hosted the 2009 CHL All-Star Game. Playing a group of All Stars from varying teams, the Eagles came out on top, winning with a final score of 8-4. In 2011, the Eagles moved to the ECHL. From 2011 to 2017, the team made it to the Quarterfinals and Semifinals, and in the 2016-2017 season, they won the Kelly Cup Finals. Overall, they finished with a winning record of 38-11-3.
This led to discussions regarding the possible affiliation with the NHL team Colorado Avalanche. In August 2017, the Avalanche announced the partnership, allowing the Eagles to become the 31st American Hockey League franchise.
Colorado Eagles' greatest accomplishments
While the Colorado Eagles dominated in the CHL Division, after joining the ECHL in 2011, they continued to turn heads. During the Kelly Cup Finals, they swept the South Carolina Stingrays four games to none. Within their very first ECHL season, they achieved a 17-game winning streak, before finishing with the third best record in the league. While playing the CHL, the Eagles won the Bud Poile Governors' Cup in 2004-2005, 2005-06 and 2008-2009, in addition to the Conference playoff championship for seasons 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.