Eagles proving to be ‘a great fit’ for ECHL vet Boe
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An injury suffered last season started Channing Boe’s ECHL season with the Colorado Eagles later than normal this year, but he’s now 100 percent and ready to help the Eagles make a second-half run to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Boe, a 29-year-old forward from Bemidji, Minn., skated the past two seasons with the Utah Grizzlies and the two years prior with the now-defunct Las Vegas Wranglers after graduating from Minnesota State University (WCHA) in 2011. He said playing against the Eagles as a visitor the past four seasons made his decision easy last summer to sign in Colorado.
“I had always heard great things about the organization and when I had come here before a number of times, the building (Budweiser Events Center) was always rocking,” Boe said. “They really take care of the older players and this year, we have an older team, so there are a lot of guys in the same situation as I am. I always liked the area and coming here seemed like a great fit and so far, so good.”
Adding that he loves the Eagles’ raucous fan base and top-notch arena, Boe said being well-cared for is an added bonus to playing for the organization.
“Everything here is first-class,” said Boe. “I love picking up my little man (five-month-old son, Declan) and taking him for a lap when he have a skate with the fans and my wife, Kelsey, and I just love it here. It’s easy to see why so many guys retire here and settle here after playing for the Eagles.”
For the second half of the season, Boe said the key to moving up the West Division standings is two-fold.
“We just want to keep working hard to put ourselves in the best situation going down the stretch,” Boe said. “We also don’t have the best road record, so if we can clean that up and take care of business, I think being a hard-working team will be used to our advantage.”
— Matt Mackinder