|Founded:||2003 (In the CHL)|
|Home Arena:||Budweiser Events Center|
|Colors:||Black, gold, white|
|Owner(s):||Colorado Eagles Professional Hockey LLC|
|General Manager:||Chris Stewart|
|Head Coach:||Chris Stewart|
|Regular Season Titles:||3 (2005, 2006, 2009)|
|Division Championships:||7 (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016)|
|Conference Championships:||5 (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)|
|Ray Miron President's Cup:||2 (2005, 2007)|
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.
Franchise history[edit | edit source]
Central Hockey League era (2003–2011)[edit | edit source]
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)[edit | edit source]
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-TV 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.
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 2012–13 hockey season and then as the Calgary Flames and Adirondack Flames affiliate during the 2014–15 season.
Season-by-season record[edit | edit source]
Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, OL = Overtime losses, SL = Shootout losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes
|Season||League||GP||W||L||OL||SL||Pts||GF||GA||PIM||Standing||Coach||Year||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|1997–98||WCHL||64||27||30||—||7||61||253||275||2057||3rd, North||Dave Langevin||1998||—||L, 1–3, ANC||—||—|
|1998–99||71||31||34||—||6||68||265||298||2027||4th, North||Clint Malarchuk||1999||—||L, 0–2, TAC||—||—|
|1999–00||72||31||36||—||5||67||287||300||1943||4th, North||Clint Malarchuk||2000||—||L, 0–3, TAC||—||—|
|2000–01||72||47||21||—||4||98||293||244||1631||1st, North||John Olver||2001||—||W, 3–0, ANC||W, 3–0, COL||L, 3–4, SDG|
|2001–02||72||47||17||—||8||102||288||213||1846||1st, North||John Olver||2002||—||W, 3–1, ANC||W, 3–2, TAC||L, 2–4, FRE|
|2002–03||72||52||16||—||4||108||267||186||1421||1st, WCHL||John Olver||2003||—||L, 2–4, FRE||—|
|2003–04||ECHL||72||40||23||—||9||89||219||208||1725||3rd, Pacific||John Olver||2004||W, 3–2, LV||W, 3–1, AK||W, 3–1, GWT||W, 4–1, FLA|
|2004–05||72||42||23||2||5||91||223||183||1437||3rd, West||John Olver||2005||L, 1–3, LBH||—||—||—|
|2005–06||72||43||21||4||4||94||268||221||1650||3rd, West||Derek Laxdal||2006||L, 3–4, LV||—||—||—|
|2006–07||72||42||24||2||4||90||240||208||1621||2nd, West||Derek Laxdal||2007||W, 4–2, STK||W, 4–2, LV||W, 4–1, AK||W, 4–1, DAY|
|2007–08||72||40||22||5||5||90||224||183||1492||2nd, West||Derek Laxdal||2008||L, 0–4, AK||—||—||—|
|2008–09||72||44||24||2||2||90||224||186||1361||2nd, West||Derek Laxdal||2009||L, 0–4, VIC||—||—||—|
|2009–10||72||48||17||2||5||103||260||191||1361||1st, West||Derek Laxdal||2010||BYE||W, 4–0, UTA||W, 4–2, STK||L, 1–4, CIN|
|2010–11||72||32||27||4||9||77||225||217||1124||2nd, Mountain||Hardy Sauter||2011||W, 3–2, LV||L, 0–4, AK||—||—|
|2011–12||72||31||32||2||7||71||194||236||1169||4th, Mountain||Hardy Sauter||2012||W, 3–2, ONT||L, 1–4, LV||—||—|
|2012–13||72||45||20||1||6||97||262||198||1337||2nd, Mountain||Brad Ralph||2013||W, 4–2, COL||W, 4–2, ONT||L, 1–4, STK||—|
|2013–14||72||39||26||3||4||85||223||212||1418||2nd, Mountain||Brad Ralph||2014||W, 4–2, COL||L, 1–4, AK||—||—|
|2014–15||72||48||18||2||4||102||258||187||1170||1st, Pacific||Brad Ralph||2015||L, 2–4, UTA||—||—||—|
|2015–16||72||38||24||7||3||86||203||187||917||2nd, West||Neil Graham||2016||L, 3–4, ALN||—||—||—|
|2016–17||72||43||22||5||2||93||234||206||1122||3rd, Mountain||Neil Graham||2017||L, 1–4, COL||—||—||—|
|2017–18||72||44||20||5||3||96||244||188||1240||2nd, Mountain||Neil Graham||2018||W, 4–3, ALN||L, 0–4, COL||—||—|
|2018–19||72||41||25||4||2||88||241||203||-||2nd, Mountain||Chris Stewart||2019||W, 4-1 UTA||L, 2-4 TUL||--||--|
Retired numbers[edit | edit source]
- 4: Jeremy Mylamok
- 16: Marty Flichel
- 22: Cal Ingraham
Rivalries[edit | edit source]
The Steelheads' most notable rivals are the Alaska Aces. These two teams are the surviving remnants of the WCHL in their original markets, their common histories going back nearly 20 years. Three other WCHL refugees, the San Diego Gulls, Long Beach Ice Dogs, and Fresno Falcons have since folded, while the Bakersfield Condors relocated in 2015 to become the Norfolk Admirals.
With the ECHL's 2015 exit from California, the Steelheads are the westernmost ECHL team in the 48 contiguous United States and the second-westernmost team overall after Alaska. Geographically, Idaho's closest opponent is the Utah Grizzlies at 345 miles/552km, followed by the Colorado Eagles at 766 miles/1225km. Until their 2014 suspension of operations the Steelheads also enjoyed a rivalry with the Las Vegas Wranglers due to their frequent playoff meetings.
References[edit | edit source]
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- Cohn, Justin A. (May 6, 2011). Lots of excitement. The Journal Gazette. Retrieved on May 25, 2011.
- DeVrieze, Craig (April 29, 2011). Change rumors swirl in the CHL. Quad-City Times. Retrieved on May 23, 2011.
- Coppock, Cory (May 29, 2011). Colorado Eagles moving to ECHL. KEVN-TV. Retrieved on May 30, 2011.
- Press release (May 30, 2011). Eagles schedule new conference for Tuesday. The Coloradoan. Retrieved on May 30, 2011.
- Press release. "Annual ECHL Board of Governors meeting concludes", ECHL, August 1, 2011. Retrieved on August 1, 2011.
- Press release. "Jets cut ties to ECHL club", Winnipeg Free Press, May 14, 2013. Retrieved on May 14, 2013.
- Hockeydb.com, Idaho Steelheads Statistics and History
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