The ECHL’s Colorado Eagles have been a franchise since 2003, when they were initially added as a part of the now-defunct CHL.
The Eagles once served as an affiliate to the Winnipeg Jets, and have also spent time as the affiliate of the Calgary Flames – but after existing as a non-affiliated independent minor league club for a few years, they’re back to partnering up with bigger clubs.
This time, they’re doing it with someone a little closer to home.
It was announced on Wednesday, via press release, that the ECHL Eagles have partnered up for the 2016-17 season with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. Players from the Avalanche system – including those playing for their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage – will now be eligible to join the Eagles on loan at any point during the upcoming 2016-17 season.
“We are thrilled to finalize a partnership with the organization that truly put the sport of hockey on the map in the state of Colorado,” said Eagles president and general manager Chris Stewart. “We feel that this will be a very advantageous partnership for the Eagles, the Avalanche and the fans of this great sport throughout the state of Colorado. We want to be a part of helping the Avalanche continue to thrive in Colorado and we know that the Avs can help us to win our first Kelly Cup.”
The club has taken home two championships during their existence – but have only done so while a part of the CHL, taking home the Ray Miron President’s Cup back in 2005 and 2007. Hopefully, by partnering with the Avalanche and the Rampage for the upcoming season, the team will be able to return to their success from a decade ago.