The cold winters of Colorado mean many Coloradoans grow up with love for ice hockey. Currently, the state is supported by the Denver-based Colorado Avalanche who play in the National Hockey League (NHL) and were supported by the Colorado Rockies in the past. Fans of Mile-High hockey received good news as the Avalanche are changing their American Hockey League Affiliate (AHL) from the San Antonio Rampage to the Colorado Eagles for the 2017-18 season. The Colorado Eagles are based in Loveland, Colorado – about a one-hour drive from Denver.
The AHL Board of Governors recently voted in favor of expansion and tapped the upstart Eagles to join the league, making them the 32nd team. The AHL is one of the most senior professional developmental leagues under the NHL. The Eagles were formed in 2003 and until this year played in the Central Hockey League. The Eagles captured the Kelly Cup, the CHL championship in the 2016-17 season as well as in the 2004-05 and 2006-07 seasons.
Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic is excited to bring the team’s top prospects much closer to the fans. Sakic stated fans could see their talent “developing in an outstanding environment just up the road.” The Eagles currently play their home games at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
If you’re ready to see the next members of the Colorado Avalanche play the 2017-2018 AHL season is already underway, and the puck has already dropped. Don’t worry that you’ve missed out though, the season is in the early-going and tickets are available for several dates all the way until season’s end of April 2018. Since the Eagles don’t play in the NHL, you can expect cheaper tickets when compared to the Avalanche. The Eagles also host several unique traditions and game time experiences that are unique to the team and Budweiser Events Center.
If you’re craving professional hockey, but you can’t shell out for an Avalanche ticket try running an hour up the road to watch the Eagles Play. The Eagles may not play in the NHL, but the talent and atmosphere will have you watching some rising stars in a rocking environment.