Colorado Eagles Weekly Update
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW
Tuesday, January 15; Trent Daavettila Called-Up to Chicago Wolves
The Colorado Eagles of the ECHL announced today that forward Trent Daavettila (pronounced: dav-uh-til-uh), has been called-up to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. This is the 5th AHL call-up of Daavettila's career; he's played 18 games split between four teams.
Wednesday, January 16; 2013 ECHL All-Star Game to be Broadcast on 107.9 The Bear
The Colorado Eagles announced today that the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, presented by University of Colorado Health, at the Budweiser Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 23 will be broadcast by 107.9 The Bear, a Clear Channel Media & Entertainment station. The game -- which begins at 7:05 p.m. (MST) -- will feature the host Colorado Eagles taking on a team comprised of All-Stars from the rest of the league's teams.
107.9 The Bear is the radio home of the Colorado Eagles, broadcasting all of their games -- home and away -- throughout the regular season and playoffs. The Eagles' usual broadcast team of Kevin McGlue (play-by-play) and Ryan Bach (color commentary) will handle the All-Star Game broadcast.
Wednesday, January 16; Eagles Sign Rookie Forward Matt Strueby
LOVELAND, Colo. - The Colorado Eagles announced today the signing of forward Matt Strueby (6-foot-2-inch, 200-pounds). A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, the rookie is coming off three seasons at the University of Regina in which he recorded 36 points (15-21-36) in 60 games. Prior that that, he spent three full seasons with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League, accumulating 126 points (69-57-126) in 205 games.
Thursday, January 17; 2013 ECHL All-Star Skills Competition Details Announced
The ECHL and the Colorado Eagles announced today details regarding the upcoming Skills Competition, presented by CCM & OtterBox, that will be a part of next week's 2013 ECHL All-Star Week, presented by CCM. The Skills Competition will pit the Colorado Eagles against the ECHL All-Stars on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colo., starting at 7:05 p.m. (MST). Tickets for the event start at just $10 and can be purchased at www.ComcastTix.com .
The teams will go head-to-head in six different skills competitions, with points being awarded to individual and team winners in each to decide a winning squad. Video demonstrations of the six competitions, created by Madwire Media, can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/AllStarSkillsDemos%20.
Friday, January 18; Daavettila Returned to Eagles' Lineup
The Colorado Eagles of the ECHL announced today that forward Trent Daavettila has been returned to their lineup after a one-game loan to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. He recorded an assist in the game, pushing his career total in the AHL to four points (1-3-4) in 19 games, over five separate call-ups.
Friday, January 18; Pacific-Leading Reign Edge Eagles, 3-2
ONTARIO, Calif. - The Ontario Reign edged the Colorado Eagles, 3-2, in a game that saw all but one goal scored via the power play. Mario Lamoureux opened up and closed out the scoring for the Pacific Division leaders, and Colton Yellow Horn recorded a goal and an assist to take over the league lead with 50 points. Colorado will play in Las Vegas Saturday night before the league's attention turns to Northern Colorado for the 2013 ECHL All-Star Week, presented by CCM, next week.
Saturday, January 19; Eagles Double-Up Wranglers, 4-2, Prior to All-Star Week
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The Colorado Eagles defeated the Las Vegas Wranglers, 4-2, in their last game before the 2013 ECHL All-Star Week, presented by CCM. Colorado will return home to the Budweiser Events Center where they'll take on the ECHL All-Stars Tuesday night in a Skills Competition, presented by CCM & OtterBox, one night before the squads face-off again in the All-Star Game, presented by University of Colorado Health.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday, January 22; Colorado Eagles, ECHL All-Stars Showcase Their Skills
Northern Colorado will kick-off the 2013 ECHL All-Star Week, presented by CCM, with a Skills Competition (presented by CCM & OtterBox) between the host Colorado Eagles and the ECHL All-Star team at the Budweiser Events Center. Prior to the Skills Competition, a Fan Fest will open to the public at 5:30, featuring several interactive games, NHL trophies -- including the Stanley Cup -- and exhibits from the Hockey Hall of Fame, courtesy of Sutton Special Risk.
Wednesday, January 23; Eagles Take on All-Stars in 2013 ECHL All-Star Game
The Eagles will take on the ECHL All-Stars in the 2013 ECHL All-Star Game, presented by University of Colorado Health. As they did in 2009, the Eagles will hope to prove that team chemistry can trump individual talent in a format that plays more like a regular season game than an exhibition.
Friday, January 25 & Saturday, January 26; Eagles Host Conference Power, Ontario Reign
Colorado will play host to another tough opponent as the Pacific Division leading Ontario Reign come to town for a pair of games. The Reign -- minor league affiliate of the reigning NHL champion Los Angeles Kings -- start the week just four points out the Western Conference's top spot. In their lone prior meeting this season, the Reign edged the Eagles, 3-2, last Friday in Ontario.
HOME ICE ADVANTAGE - In addition to team chemistry, maybe the biggest advantage for the Eagles is the fact that they're playing at the Budweiser Events Center. Colorado owns one of the ECHL's strongest home ice advantages, with a record of 15-5-1 (31 pts.). Only three teams (Alaska, Reading & Wheeling) have more home wins. All-time, the Eagles regular season winning percentage at the BEC is .756; in other words, the home fans see a "W" 75% of the time!
POTENT POWER PLAY - If, as the Eagles and the ECHL are hoping, the All-Star Game is played more like a regular season game than an exhibition game, the Eagles' power play may be another advantage. Colorado owns the league's best power play both at home (28.7%) and overall (24%).
EAGLES VS. THE STARS - The last time the Eagles faced a team of All-Stars came in 2009 when they hosted the Central Hockey League's All-Star Game. In that contest, Colorado topped the All-Stars by a score of 8-4. The teams were actually tied at 3 heading into the third period before the Eagles' chemistry out-shined the All-Stars' skill and the former pulled away.
COMFORTABLE AMONG THE STARS - With so many rookies on the Eagles' roster, there is a surprisingly large number of Colorado players who have appeared in All-Star Games previously: Trent Daavettla (2011), Michael Forney (2011), Kyle Jones (2011), Aaron Schneekloth (2003, 2008, 2009, 2010), Joey Sides (2011) & Kevin Ulanski (2009, 2010) have all been named All-Stars, while Steve Haddon & Jason Beatty played in the 2009 CHL All-Star Game for Colorado. And of course, Colorado's captain, Riley Nelson, who's out for the season with an injury, has played in his fair share as well (2007, 2009, 2010). * - Italicized years represent ECHL All-Star Game appearances.
AFTER THE ALL-STARS - After this week's All-Star festivities, the Eagles will need to quickly return their attention to the regular season as the Pacific Division leading Ontario Reign will be in town for a pair of games Friday & Saturday. Ontario sits just four points back of Alaska in the Western Conference and has one of the ECHL's best road records (13-6-2, 28 pts.); only the Aces have more points away from home (29). All-time, the Eagles and Reign have played an extremely even series, with Colorado claiming a 6-5-1 record, but Ontario owning a 46-45 edge in goals. The Reign edged the Eagles, 3-2, last Friday.
ECHL Hall of Fame Luncheon - Wednesday, from noon-1:30, the ECHL will induct its 6th Hall of Fame class at a special luncheon held at the Embassy Suites in Loveland, Colo. Tickets are still available for individuals or tables.
The Boot Grill Post-Game Party - The Boot Grill is the official location for Colorado Eagles post-game parties after every Saturday home game. Stop by The Boot (off Crossroads & Clydesdale) following this weekend's game to meet select players and win great prizes!
Fans' Vision All-Decade Team - Your selection for the second and final defenseman in the Fans' Vision All-Decade Team, presented by the Eye Laser Center of Northern Colorado, will be announced during Saturday night's game. Next up to be decided is the third and final forward. If you vote, you will not only help decide this historic team, but you could win an awesome prize, highlighted by FREE LASIK!
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