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Hildebrand Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

Happy Canada Day from the Eagles Organization. Today on Canada’s birthday it is only fitting that we welcome back veteran forward and fellow Canadian Eric Hildebrand.

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran forward, Eric Hildebrand, will return for the 2019-2020 season. Hildebrand hales from, Brandon, Manitoba and is coming off of his 2nd season with the Eagles. The Two-way forward registered 11 goals and 15 assists in 46 games to cap off the 2018-2019 campaign.

The speedy forward is entering into his 3rd season of junior hockey. In 94 games with the Eagles, Hildebrand has recorded 20 goals and 31 assists for 51 points placing near the top ten on the all-time franchise scoring list and he is sure to enter the top 5 for a strong last season.

“I’m excited to be back this year, We have a solid group in place and were ready for the challenge ahead,” Said the versatile veteran Hildebrand.

“Eric I feel is really coming into his own as a player. Last year there was some tough stretches where we had a lot of guys out of the line up with injuries and there was 9 or 10 games where he played on the backend. For a guy who is important up the middle for us he didn’t complain or make excuse’s, In fact, he was our best player in that tough time making an instant impact. Eric is ultra competitive and will do anything to help the team win. He is an import piece to our group and I am excited to help him get to the next level.  ” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Local Product Alps Joins Eagles for the 2019-2020 Season

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce the signing of rookie defenseman, Xzavyr Alps, for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Alps spent the last season patrolling the blueline for the Colorado Springs U-16 AAA hockey team that plays in the NAPHL. The Timnath, Colorado product recorded 3 assists in 21 games. The 5’9″, 187-pound defender enters his first season of junior hockey. 

 

 

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Local Product Alps Joins Eagles for the 2019-2020 Season “Xzavyr came and skated with us right before the playoffs last season and showed he can compete at this level. His work ethic and his ability to play with an edge will make it tough on the opposition. He is a nice addition to our backend. I am excited to work with him and I know he will fit in great with our group,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon. The Eagles organization would like to welcome Xzavyr back home as he starts the next phase of his hockey path. See the full press release at www.northerncoloradoeagles.com! Stay tuned for more college commitments and player signings for the 2019-2020 season. GO EAGLES! #NCEHockey #JuniorHockey #NorthernColoradoEagles

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“Thank you coach Haddon and the Entire Eagles organization for this amazing opportunity, I can not wait for this season to start” Said Alps counting down the days until puck drop.

“Xzavyr came and skated with us right before the playoffs last season and showed he can compete at this level. His work ethic and his ability to play with an edge will make it tough on the opposition. He is a nice addition to our backend. I am excited to work with him and I know he will fit in great with our group,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

The Eagles organization would like to welcome Xzavyr back home as he starts the next phase of his hockey path.

Piggot joins Eagles for the 2019-2020 season

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce the signing of rookie defenseman, Jared Piggot, for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Piggot spent the last 4 seasons patrolling the blueline for the Lewis-Palmer High hockey team that plays in the USHS-CO. Piggot was born in Chicago Illinois but has been in Colorado for the past 8 years. Jared is coming off his best season producing 1 goal and 8 assists for 9 points. The 6’4″, 207-pound defender enters his first season of junior hockey. 

 

 

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Piggot joins Eagles for the 2019-2020 season! “This is a great hockey story, Jared came to our main camp two years ago and was very close in making our team. Jay Weber who does scouting for us has kept tabs on Jared. Jared’s skating ability and his size is his weapon. He is a big strong defenseman that is hard to play against. His style will be a nice addition to our backend. I am excited to work with him and I know he will fit in great with our group,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon. The Eagles organization would like to welcome Jared to Northern Colorado! See the full press release at www.northerncoloradoeagles.com #NCEHockey #JuniorHockey #NorthernColoradoEagles

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“I would like to thank the entire organization for giving me a chance to compete at the next level. I also would like to thank my parents for supporting me with everything I want to do in hockey and in life, said Piggot, ready for the next step.

“This is a great hockey story, Jared came to our main camp two years ago and was very close in making our team. Jay Weber who does scouting for us has kept tabs on Jared. Jared’s skating ability and his size is his weapon. He is a big strong defenseman that is hard to play against. His style will be a nice addition to our backend. I am excited to work with him and I know he will fit in great with our group,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Jared models his game after Brandon Carlo. He has been fortunate enough to skate with Carlo in the off-season multiple times and says Carlo’s work ethic and passion for the game makes him an easy role model to look up too. The Eagles organization would like to welcome Jared to Northern Colorado.

Rookie Defenseman Braun Joins Eagles Organization

June 20, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce the signing of rookie defenseman, Noah Braun, for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Braun spent the last season patrolling the blueline for the CBHA Blackhawks midget program as well as was called up to the Blackhawks junior ‘B’ team for one game. The Calgary, Alberta product produced 4 goals and 5 assists for 9 points. The 5’9″, 165-pound defender enters his first season of junior hockey. Braun recorded his first junior hockey goal in his first and only Jr. ‘B’ game during the 2018-19 campaign. Braun was one of his team’s captains this past season, As well as earned the honor of making the all-star team as a top defender in his league. 

Noah joins his older brother and veteran Eagles forward Cameron Braun to Eagles Country. “I’m looking forward to starting my Junior hockey career with the Eagles.  With my brother playing for the Eagles last year, I know the organization very well and playing for the Eagles was really my first and only choice,” said Braun, ready to embark on his junior hockey career.

“Noah’s Skating ability will be his engine and will allow him to create and execute as our group wants to push the pace. His work ethic on and off the ice will fit in perfectly and I know he will excel in our environment. Noah has been a captain on his teams throughout his hockey career and is a nice addition to the D-core. Noah plays with an edge and I am excited to work with him and I know he will fit in great with our group,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

The Eagles organization would like to welcome Noah to Northern Colorado.

Whaley Joins Eagles for 2019-2020 Season

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce the signing of rookie defenseman, Kaden Whaley, for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Whaley spent the last season patrolling the blueline for the Pacific Coast Academy Prep hockey team that plays in the CSSHL. The Okotoks, Alberta product produced 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 points. The 6’0″, 175-pound defender enters his first season of junior hockey. 

“Thank you, Coach Haddon and the Eagles organization, for giving me this opportunity. I will work hard to help make a difference for the team. I am very excited for the season to start. I would love to bring a championship home my first year!”, said Whaley, ready to get the season underway.

“Kaden’s work ethic and character stand out. He will be asked to contribute right away and will be a nice addition to our backend. I am excited to work with him and I know he will fit in great with our group,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

The Eagles organization would like to welcome Kaden to Northern Colorado.

McFarland Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

June 3, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that forward, Brennan McFarland, will return for the 2019-2020 season. McFarland, a native from Greeley, Colorado is coming off of his 1st season in the WSHL. The young forward registered 3 goals and 13 assists in 29 games for the 2018-2019 campaign.

“I am very excited to get back on the ice and to get the season underway,” said McFarland, excited to return to the Eagles.

The complete two-way forward is entering into his 2nd season of junior hockey in his home town.

“Brennan’s story is what you see in inspirational sports films. After the month of September last year, I didn’t feel he was ready to make the jump to junior hockey and I told him that he could be a practice player to start the season or we could help him find another place to play. McFarland firmly stated that he wanted to stay here and prove himself. Which he did. Brennan didn’t make his debut until November 30th and he never looked back closing out the first half in 2018 recording 7 points in 7 games. Most players would have never chosen that path (the hard road). McFarland spent October and November skating every day with the team at practice and then heading over to work with our strength and conditioning coach Brandon Gachne at Phit Gym. Brennan really grew in those two months. He earned his ice time here and outplayed some veteran players for their ice time. As a coach, you want a healthy competitive environment. I am extremely proud of him and I know all the players saw what he accomplished when most guys would have looked for the easier road. The bar is set high as we see what Brennan is capable of and he will be very important to our group for the upcoming season,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Trombly Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

May 31, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran forward, Tyler Trombly, will return for the 2019-2020 season. Trombly hales from, Huntsville, Alabama and is coming off of his 1st season in the WSHL. The highly skilled forward registered 15 goals and 18 assists in 45 games to place him 4th on the team in goals during the 2018-2019 campaign.

“I’m thrilled and grateful to be back with the team for my last seasons of juniors. I can’t wait to get the season started with the boys,” said  Trombly eager for the puck to drop.

The silky smooth forward is entering into his 3rd season of junior hockey. In 91 games, Trombly has recorded 32 goals and 43 assists for 75 points.

“Tyler really grew and developed other parts of his game this year. Tyler worked on all of the little parts of the game that are so vital, like blocking a shot or taking a big hit to make a play in the defensive zone. Improving all of those skills isn’t easy but by the end of the season, he became the complete player we saw down the stretch and into the playoffs. I am extremely excited to work with Tyler again and he will be depended on to play a huge role for us this season,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Quinn Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

May 27, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran forward, Reilly Quinn, will return for the 2019-2020 season. Quinn hales from, Parker, Colorado and is coming off of his 3rd season in the WSHL. The feisty forward registered 4 goals and 7 assists in 38 games to cap off the 2018-2019 campaign.

 “I’m excited to get back this year. We have a good core of returning veterans which should help lead to a successful season,” said  Quinn.

 The two-way forward is entering into his 4th season of junior hockey. In 112 games with the Eagles, Quinn has recorded 11 goals and 26 assists for 37 points placing him tied with current teammate, Wil Campbell, for 9th on the all-time franchise scoring list and is sure to enter the top 5 for a strong last season.

“Quinn was coming off major shoulder surgery last season and continuing to develop and grow into his frame. I give Reilly a lot of credit on how he stayed patient mentally and worked hard to really help and contribute to the team down the stretch and into the playoffs. Reilly will be depended on to play a huge role for us this season, I am excited for him and I know he will be ready when the puck drops” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Veteran Campbell Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

May 17, 2019 

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran defenseman, Wil Campbell, will return for the 2019-2020 season. The San Antonio, Texas product is coming off of his 3rd season with the Eagles. In 112 games over three seasons with the Eagles, the two-way defender has notched 10 goals and registered 14 assists for 24 points.

 “I am very excited to get the season underway. We want to build off the success and growth we had as a group last season,” said the veteran blueliner, Campbell.

 The Texas defenseman is entering into his 4th season of junior hockey all with the Eagles organization. Campbell is currently in the top 10 all-time, for franchise games played sitting at 9th tied will fellow teammate Reilly Quinn and can certainly climb into the top 5 entering this season. 

 “Wil was one of our best players in the playoffs. I feel he is just coming into his own at 19. All the ups and downs at this level and experiences he has had have helped grow and helped mold who he is today. Wil has had success in the playoffs and that says a lot about a player when he brings his best at the toughest time of the year. I know he is ready to take that next step in his game. I am excited for Wil and I look forward to helping him have a great season, He is a big part of our leadership group coming back as well as our D-Core and organization,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Eagles Veteran Forward Braun Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

May 15, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran forward, Cameron Braun, will return for the 2019-2020 season. The Calgary, Alberta product is coming off of his best season in the WSHL, hitting career highs in all categories. The speedy forward collected a career-best 34 points in 47 games, notching 10 goals 24 assists to cap off the 2018-2019 campaign.

“I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to return for another year. From the professionalism of the organization to the community surrounding the team, it made a very easy decision to return. I am excited for what the upcoming season will bring!” said veteran forward Braun, eager to start the 2019-2020 season.

 The gritty but skilled two-way forward is entering into his 3rd season of junior hockey. In 99 games played in the WSHL, Braun has amassed 62 points. Braun led the Eagles in game-winning goals producing 6 game winners. The courageous Braun also tied with fellow teammate Burkart in fighting majors to collect another team lead with 6 recorded. 

“Whatever the situation calls for, Cameron always answers the bell. Cameron is a complete player that had a very strong season. His growth every day was tremendous. Cameron’s maturity, professionalism, and strong work ethic set him apart from the pack. He is a big part of our leadership group coming back, as well as our organization,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Andersson Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

May 13, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that Swedish defenseman, William Andersson, will return for the 2019-2020 season. William hales from, Västerås, Sweden and is coming off of his first season in the WSHL. The blueliner split time between the Eagles and the Edson Aeros registering 1 goal and 18 assists in 36 games to cap off the 2018-2019 campaign.

 “I’m excited to come back to Colorado to play the last year of my junior hockey career and to fight for the Thorne cup,” said the now veteran defender, Andersson.”

 The highly skilled, two-way defenseman is entering into his 2nd season of junior hockey.

 “I give William lots of credit on how he handled his first season here in Northern Colorado. It wasn’t an easy season for him as he battled for minutes with an already strong veteran defensive core. His maturity and dedication really came to the surface when I gave him a choice to go play more minutes with another organization to keep developing his game with an option to return for this season. William trusted and understood the process. I watched him get the game minutes he needed to grow his confidence and his game. He will be depended on to play a huge role for us this season,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Eagles Veteran McMahon returns for 2019-2020 Season

May 9, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran forward, Sean McMahon, will return for the 2019-2020 season. The Cumming, Georgia product is coming off of his second season with the Eagles. In 85 games over two seasons with the Eagles, the power forward has notched 27 goals and registered 44 assists for 71 points.

 “I am very excited to return to Northern Colorado to finish my junior career. I am ready to get back to work with all the guys,” said veteran forward, McMahon.

 The two-way power forward is entering into his 3rd season of junior hockey all with the Eagles organization. McMahon is currently 20 points out the top 10 all-time, leading franchise scoring list and can certainly climb into the top 5 entering his last season. 

“Sean brings a lot to our group. This season was a tough one, injury-wise, for Sean as well as our team. We had over 80 man games lost to injury this season. Sean was missed when he wasn’t in the lineup. Sean does whatever it takes to help the team and leads by example. Sean and I talked about going through a tough second year with never really being healthy and his experience through the whole thing. Sean learned a lot and found the positives, which will only make him tougher, mentally, for the future. He is a big part of our leadership group and organization,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

McMahon and the rest of the Eagles crew will kick off the 2019-2020 season in September. Stay tuned for more NCAA/CIS/ACAC/BICHL commitments and player signings and camp dates as the off-season heats up. 

Power Joins Eagles for 2019-2020 Season

May 6, 2019 

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce the signing of rookie defenseman, Devin Power, for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. Power spent the past two seasons patrolling the blueline for the Lambton Jr. Sting AAA hockey team. 
The Bothwell, Ontario product led all defense on the Sting with 5 goals and 6 assists for 11 points to place second on his team in scoring.  The 6’2″, 185-pound defender has produced 31 points with the Jr. Sting over his time in black and gold. 

“I would like to thank the Northern Colorado Eagles organization for this amazing opportunity. I look forward to the hard work that will take my game to the next level. I would like to thank the coaching staff of the Lambton Jr. Sting AAA midget team. As well as my parents, Nana and my two brothers for all the support to help get me to this point. This is a dream come true and I look forward to the challenge ahead,” said Power, ready to start the season.” 
“Devin is a big, strong defenseman that has the speed to go with the size. Devin brings a lot to the table including his character, work ethic as well as his cannon of a shot, which will be nice additions to our backend. I am excited to work with him and I know he will fit in great with our group,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.
 
Eagles Scout and longtime Head Coach and GM of the Lambton Jr. Sting AAA midget program, Jonathan Taylor, has done a great job developing players like Devin and other Eagles alumni in the past. Power was Coach Taylor’s captain this season and the big defenseman says he models his game after NHL defender Kris Letang.
 
The Eagles organization would like to welcome Devin to Northern Colorado.

Eagles Defenseman Vanderwal Commits to Briercrest for 2019-2020 Season

May 2, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran defenseman, Zach Vanderwal, has committed to Briercrest College men’s hockey program for the 2019-2020 season. Briercrest College plays in the Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC), Canada’s premier college league. The ACAC is filled with hockey players from Tier ll Junior ‘A’ teams to ex-major junior hockey players (WHL).

 The veteran blueliner spent only one season with the Eagles organization. Vanderwal, a Wyoming, Ontario native, is coming off of his best season of junior hockey, leading the Eagles D-core in points. The speedy two-way defender hit career highs in all categories while producing 12 goals and 25 assists for 37 points in just 45 games.

 “Playing out in Colorado was a great experience. I learned a lot from Coach Steve Haddon and became a more well-rounded player. Being on the ice every day working on my skills helped me grow so much. I made a lot of great friends over the season that I now consider them all brothers. I also can’t thank my billet family, the Riggs enough. They took me in as one of their own. I don’t regret a single second playing in Colorado. The organization helped me get this great opportunity to play hockey at Briercrest College in the fall and I am beyond excited,” said Vanderwal. 

 The grizzled veteran played 174 games between the WSHL and the GOJHL, recording 100 points in a span of 4 seasons. 

“Zach did not waste a day here. He embraced his time here and it showed in his level of play, day in and day out. Zach played a lot of strong heavy minutes on that backend for our group and was a big contributor. I know he is headed in the right direction as a player and Zach will have lots of success as he continues on his path both athletically and academically. The organization would like to thank Zach for his hard work and dedication on and off the ice and in the community. We wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said Head Coach and GM Steve Haddon.

Eagles Leading Scorer Elik Returns for the 2019-2020 Season

April 26, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that leading scorer, Jacob Elik, will return for the 2019-2020 season. The Regina, Saskatchewan product is coming off of his best season in the WSHL, hitting career highs in all categories. Leading the way with 58 points in 47 games, Elik notched 15 goals and registered a team lead of 43 assists to cap off the 2018-2019 campaign.

“I am grateful and extremely excited to be an Eagle for my last season of junior hockey. I can’t wait to get back to Northern Colorado to start the journey for the Thorne Cup,” said veteran Center, Elik.

 The veteran, two-way center is entering into his 4th season of junior hockey. In 133 games played in the WSHL, Elik has amassed 124 points.

 “Jacob is a natural leader who brings a lot to our group. It doesn’t matter if it’s a huge face-off or shot that needs to be blocked. Whatever the situation calls for, he is always ready to contribute to what the team needs. Players gravitate to him and he is a big part of our organization,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

EAGLES GOALIE MURPHY RETURNS FOR THE 2019-2020 SEASON

April 22, 2019

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that goaltender, Marshall Murphy, will return for the 2019-2020 season. The Little Canada, Minnesota product is coming off his best season in the WSHL posting 2.66 goals against average, as well as a career-high .921, save percentage ranking 7th for goalies in the league. 

“I’m really excited to be back with the team this year. We’ve got some unfinished business to take care of. I can’t wait to get back and get after it,” said the veteran goalkeeper, Murphy.

 Murphy hit a few other milestones this season including being second in the WSHL for games played by a goaltender and a new personal best with 21 wins in a season. The netminder also recorded 2 shutouts in a very strong season performance.

 “Murph has a work ethic and a determination that is infectious to our group. He is a big part of our organization. I look for him to build off what he has done this past season and to raise the bar even higher,” said Head Coach and GM, Steve Haddon.

Eagles Forward Marks Commits to Briercrest for 2019-2020 Season 

April 17, 2019 

The Northern Colorado Eagles are proud to announce that veteran forward, Jarret Marks has committed to Briercrest College men’s hockey program for the 2019-2020 season. Briercrest College plays in the Alberta College Athletic Conference (ACAC), Canada’s premier college league. The ACAC is filled with hockey players from Tier ll Junior ‘A’ teams to ex-major junior hockey players (WHL).

 The veteran forward spent only one season with the Eagles organization. Marks, a Sarnia, Ontario native, is coming off his best season of junior hockey, hitting career highs in all categories while producing 21 goals and 21 assists for 42 points in just 43 games.

 “I had an unbelievable time with the Northern Colorado Eagles. I met a lot of great people that helped me all season, especially my billet family, the Bradshaw’s. They gave me a home away from home. Coach Haddon challenged me to reach a new high in my game and I am thrilled to have this opportunity to play hockey at Briercrest College,” said Marks, the veteran forward on closing out his junior hockey career. 

 The grizzled veteran played 185 games between the WSHL and the GOJHL, recording 52 goals and 63 assists for 115 points in a span over 4 seasons. 

 “The expectations for Jarret coming to our organization this season were very high. His adjustment took some time, but from November through April we watched Jarret grow his game and be one of our most consistent players night in and night out. I couldn’t be more proud of Jarret and what he accomplished this season. I know Jarret will have great success at the next level and in life. The organization and I would like to thank Jarret for all his hard work on and off the ice and in the community. We wish him all the best in his next chapter,” said Head Coach and GM Steve Haddon.

 Marks is the 1st college commitment of the off-season. Stay tuned for more NCAA/CIS/ACAC/BICHL commitments and player signings as the off-season heats up.