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Lakewood native, former Rampage, Thunderbirds standout Angeli tabbed ECHL Player of the Week

March 2nd, 2021
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Darik Angeli of the Kansas City Mavericks has been named the ECHL Player of the Week for Feb. 22-28. Angeli scored one goal, assisted on eight others and was a plus-5 in four games last week. The 30-year-old tallied three assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to Wichita on Tuesday, had a helper in a…

Longtime Eagles coach, GM Stewart calls it a career after 37 years in game of hockey

February 19th, 2021
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It was simply the right time for Chris Stewart. The Colorado Eagles president and general manager officially announced his retirement last week after nearly 20 years with the organization and 37 years overall in hockey coaching and management. Stewart was the Eagles’ first head coach (2003-08) in team history, leading the Eagles to two Central…

Eagles team founder, former Denver coach Backstrom passes away at 83

February 11th, 2021
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Colorado Eagles team founder Ralph Backstrom passed away Feb. 7, 2021 at the age of 83. Backstrom founded the Eagles in 2002 and served as team president from 2003-07. He played on six Stanley Cup-winning teams with the Montreal Canadiens and was a fifteen-year coach at the NCAA and professional level. Backstrom was elected to…

Former Avalanche GM Lacroix, who brought two Stanley Cups to Colorado, dies at 72

December 15th, 2020
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Former Quebec Nordiques and Colorado Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix died last weekend at the age of 72. The Avalanche announced Lacroix’s death on Sunday. “It is with great sadness that the Colorado Avalanche organization has learned of the passing of Pierre Lacroix,” read the team’s statement. “Pierre was the architect of the Avalanche’s two…

Avalanche to celebrate 25th anniversary season with upcoming 2020-21 campaign

November 19th, 2020
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Time flies when you’re having fun. Or in this case, 25 years go by when the Colorado Avalanche have called Denver home since the start of the 1995-96 season. The Avalanche will celebrate the organization’s 25th anniversary season during the upcoming 2020-21 NHL campaign. The 25th anniversary celebration will recognize the rich history of the…

Larkspur native Morris sees promise in signing first pro deal with AHL’s IceHogs

October 22nd, 2020
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Even though his NCAA career at Notre Dame ended with a thud in March due to COVID-19, Cale Morris is pressing on in his hockey career. Last week, the Larkspur native and goaltender signed his first professional contract, inking with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs, the top affiliate for the Chicago Blackhawks. Morris said in one…

Thunderbirds products Smilanic, Peterson, Holm see NHL dreams get closer at 2020 draft

October 8th, 2020
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A trio of former Colorado Thunderbirds AAA standouts became NHL property this week at the 2020 NHL Draft, which was held virtually Tuesday and Wednesday due to COVID-19 restrictions. Elizabeth native Ty Smilanic was selected by the Florida Panthers in the third round (74th overall), while fellow forward and USA Hockey’s NTDP teammate Dylan Peterson…

Avalanche look to future, select five prospects in 2020 NHL Draft, capped by Barron in first round

October 8th, 2020
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While the NHL Draft is typically held in an arena setting each year in late June, the COVID-19 pandemic changed those plans this season. The 2020 NHL Draft was held virtually Oct. 6-7, with picks being made online and many using video programs, such as Zoom. For the Colorado Avalanche, the team made five picks…

Eagles’ Houck selected ECHL Player of the Week after five-point weekend

February 21st, 2017
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Jackson Houck of the Colorado Eagles is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week for Feb. 13-19. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE Houck scored four goals and added one assist for five points as the Eagles swept a three-game series at Alaska last week to extend their club-record winning streak to 12 games. The 22-year-old…

Plucked from NHL waiver wire, Barberio quickly finds niche on Avalanche back end

February 21st, 2017
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Newly acquired Colorado Avalanche defenseman Mark Barberio was picked up off waivers from the Montreal Canadiens on Feb. 2 and reported to practice the following day in Colorado. He travels light. “I’m out here solo,” said Barberio, who is single and without children. READ OUR LATEST ISSUE This spring, Barberio hopes to make a home…


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