Northern Colorado Eagles Move to Ice Haus, Make minor name and logo change for 2018-2019 season
The Northern Colorado Eagles (formerly Colorado Junior Eagles) will have a new home at the Ice Haus in Greeley, Colorado for the 2018-2019 season, made official today. The move is only 19 miles from their former home, Noco Ice Center in Fort Collins, Colorado, where they spent the past 5 seasons. With the move, the Eagles will also make a minor name change and will now be now known as the Northern Colorado Eagles as they enter into their 6th season. The Greeley Ice Haus is a multimillion dollar facility built in 2005 and is located in historic, downtown Greeley with a wide variety of restaurants and hotels that are within walking distance to the arena.
The Ice Haus is currently shutting down for the months of June and July to add some exciting upgrades to the facility including a new energy efficient LED lighting system, a new sound system and added seating for the upstairs and downstairs lobbies. The Ice Haus is an NHL-sized ice surface that seats 1,600 but can hold up 2,000. The Eagles will be allowed to bring in different food and beer vendors for concessions during home games, making the fan experience enjoyable for everyone.
On the ice the past 5 seasons, the Northern Colorado Eagles have won the Mountain Division in back-to-back seasons and had two appearances in the Thorne Cup Finals, the championship for the Western States Hockey League. The Northern Colorado Eagles have advanced 60 players to NCAA, CIS and Professional organizations in the past 5 seasons as well.
The Northern Colorado Eagles will be building a brand new locker room to be ready for main camp starting on Tuesday, September 4th.
"As an organization, we are excited to be joining the greater Greeley community and having a venue as beautiful as the Ice Haus. I believe the fans will love the excitement of our games, while enjoying a professional and affordable venue,” said Casey Bradshaw, Owner and Governor of the Northern Colorado Eagles.
With the move, the Northern Colorado Eagles will still maintain partnerships and relationships with current volunteers, sponsors and billet families that have been with the organization. However, will now be seeking additional sponsors, billet families and volunteers in the Greeley and Eaton surrounding areas.
"Our organization has always strived to improve every season both on the ice and in the community. We want this organization to continue to grow and this move gives us the opportunity to do that. We are extremely excited to join this wonderful community and be a part of something special," said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.
The organization has a lot of work to do to be ready for September. If any new sponsors, restaurants, local businesses, billet families or volunteers in the Greeley, Eaton and surrounding areas are interested in joining the Northern Colorado Eagles family, please contact us via the email addresses below.
Steve Haddon-Head Coach/GM
Bre Snyder-Operations Manager
Jen Bradshaw-Billet Coordinator
Jay Weber-Hockey Relations
Additional Information About Junior Hockey and the Northern Colorado Eagles:
Junior Hockey is comprised of players ages 16 to 21 years of age and fills the window of time between a hockey player’s youth career and collegiate or professional career. Junior hockey is a developmental period for hockey players to hone their physical and mental skillset before entering the college or professional ranks. Junior hockey leagues in the United States are considered amateur and operate within the regions of the country.
The Northern Colorado Eagles are a Tier II, Junior A hockey franchise and a member of the Western States Hockey League. This organization is licensed by the Colorado Eagles and is home for many local players as well as players from around the United States, Canada and Europe. The majority of our players move here for 9 months out of the year and stay with a host, or billet, family while they attend daily practices, off-ice workouts, team meetings and games. Our players play a 52 game regular season with potential for more games pending playoffs. Our guys wear half shields, just like the NHL, and play by NHL rules including the ability to fight. Junior hockey is unique because its amateur status provides for an exciting game atmosphere. On average, the Northern Colorado Eagles move 5 to 15 players on to collegiate or professional ranks.
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