The American Hockey League and its board of governors made the very difficult decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and Calder Cup playoffs. While it is extremely disappointing to see this incredible season come to its conclusion, the Colorado Eagles fully support this measure to protect the health of the team, its staff and its incredible fans.
Martin Lind - CEO
Lind is the team’s Chief Executive Officer. In addition to being a local land developer (Water Valley & Pelican Lakes Golf & Country Club, among other endeavors.), Lind is also a local community leader & philanthropist.
Ralph Backstrom - Founder
The man that brought hockey to Northern Colorado, Ralph Backstrom, retired as the Colorado Eagles' original president and general manager on July 31, 2007. Backstrom founded the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League in 2002, and in 2003 the team began to play at the brand new Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado.
In four seasons under Backstrom's guidance, the Eagles won the Northwest Division four times, two Governors' Cups as regular season champions and two President's Cups as CHL championships.
Backstrom entered the world of professional hockey as a champion with the Stanley Cup-winning Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League in 1959, and he left the game as a champion with the Eagles winning their second President's Cup in 2007.
Backstrom's name will always be synonymous with the Colorado Eagles, and he will continue to be a vibrant part of the community that he and his wife, Janet, have grown to love. Fans will still see him at Eagles games and at various community events. Backstrom will remain on the Eagles Advisory Board and he will also remain a shareholder of the team.
A native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Backstrom was the captain of the 1958 Memorial Cup Champion Ottawa-Hull Junior Canadiens and was voted by the media as the best junior player in Canada.
The following season, he signed with the Montreal Canadiens, won the Calder Trophy as the Rookie of the Year and helped his team win the first of his six Stanley Cups. There are only nine players in Stanley Cup competition - dating back to 1893 - that have their name inscribed on the cup more than six times.
Following his 19-year playing career, Backstrom went on to coach the University of Denver Pioneers for nine seasons, winning the Coach of the Year award in 1986. He then coached the Phoenix Roadrunners of the International Hockey League before starting up Roller Hockey International, where he served as the senior vice president and commissioner from 1992-99.
In his final stop before founding the Eagles, Backstrom served as a scout for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League until 2002. His vision and guidance brought Northern Colorado a hockey team that has had the best record in the CHL since joining the league, and his leadership has established the Colorado Eagles as one of the premier minor-league hockey teams in North America.
2002-2006 President/General Manager, Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League
1999-2002 Special Assignment Scout, St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League
1992-1999 Senior V.P. and Commissioner of Roller Hockey International, Inc.
1990-1992 Head Coach, Phoenix Roadrunners of the International Hockey League
1981-1990 Head Coach, Denver University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association
1980-1981 Assistant Coach, Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League
1977-1980 Assistant Coach, Denver University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association
1958-1977 Player in the National Hockey League (15 years) and the World Hockey Association (4 years)
MAJOR HONORS RECEIVED
Memorial Cup Championship with Ottawa-Hull Junior Canadiens, 1958
Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year in the National Hockey League, 1959
Six Stanley Cup Championships with the Montreal Canadiens: 1959, 1960, 1965, 1966, 1968 and 1969
Four World Hockey Association All-Star Game Appearances
Most Valuable Player for Team Canada in the Canada Cup Series vs. the Soviet Union, 1974
NCAA Division 1, National Coach of the Year, 1986 (Spencer Penrose Award)
President/GM, President's Cup Champion Colorado Eagles in the Central Hockey League, 2005 & 2007
Elected to the Colorado Sports Hall Of Fame in October, 2008
Chris Stewart - President & General Manager
Chris Stewart was the franchise's first Head Coach (2003-04 thru 2007-08), leading the Eagles to two Central Hockey League titles (2005 & 2007) in their first five seasons. As president, Stewart is also responsible for the day-to-day operations in the Eagles office and business partnerships.
In his five seasons behind the bench, Stewart guided the Eagles to five consecutive playoff berths - winning the Northwest Division each time - and three appearances in the President's Cup Finals. In that time, the Eagles won the Governors' Cup with the best regular season record twice (2004-05 & 2005-06) and the President's Cup as league champions two times as well (2005 & 2007). Colorado produced the best cumulative record (213-77-26) in the CHL during that time and set a CHL expansion-team record with a .711 winning percentage in 2003-04.
Stewart is one of just two coaches in CHL/WPHL history to win the league title with two different teams (he also won with the Huntsville Channel Cats in 1999). He ranks first on the CHL's all-time coaching winning percentage list (.678), and third on the all-time wins list (375), trailing only Scott Muscutt (395) and Doug Sauter (544).
Before coaching at the CHL level, Stewart spent 15 seasons coaching Canadian Junior 'A' hockey where he produced 46 National Hockey League draft picks, coached in six All-Star games and was named Coach of the Year four times.
Jennifer Dollarhide - Vice President & Accountant
Jennifer joined the Eagles in 2004 and is the team's Vice President and Accountant. In her role, she oversees all team finances and handles several upper-management duties. She is a Colorado native and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado. In her spare time, she enjoys sports, shopping, traveling and spending time with her family and dogs.
Gavin Riches - Assistant General Manager
Gavin is the head of the Eagles Corporate Department. In this position he overseas all corporate relationships for Eagles corporate partners as well as creating new and exciting promotions for the Eagles' home games. He is a graduate of Colorado State University, with a degree in marketing and international business. Gavin joined the Eagles organization during the team's inaugural season. He enjoys golfing, skiing and CSU Rams football. He and his wife Stephanie lives in Timnath, Colorado with their two children and dog.
Chris Augusto - Executive VP of Ticketing & Marketing
Chris heads up the Ticket and Marketing departments for the Eagles. He started with the Eagles when the team was named the "Eagles" in October of 2002. Chris grew up in Arvada, Colorado and attended Colorado State University where he graduated in 2002 with a degree in marketing. Chris enjoys golfing, skiing, playing guitar and Broncos football. He lives in Fort Collins with his wife Stephanie, daughter Sophie, son Cooper and his dog, Lewis.
Sean Linfield - Senior Account Executive
Sean is a Colorado native born and raised in Summit County, CO. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University. Sean joined the Eagles Ticketing Department during the 2012-13 Season and brought home the ECHL Summer League Cornhole Championship in 2017. His responsibilities include season ticket sales, group ticket sales, account representation, and customer service representation. In his free time, Sean enjoys playing golf, running, boating, and spending time with family & friends.
Jack Allard - Account Executive
Jack is an Ohio native who moved to Colorado in 2007. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2015 with a degree in Communications. After spending 2 seasons as a marketing and promotions intern, he was hired on in the Ticket Sales department. His responsibilities include season ticket sales, group ticket sales, account representation, and customer service representation. In his free time, Jack enjoys playing soccer, golf, hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Alyssa Van Amerongen - Merchandise Manager & Account Executive
Alyssa Van Amerongen is a Colorado native born and raised in Loveland. Alyssa graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2016 with a degree in Business Marketing. Previously, Alyssa worked as a Social Media Coordinator for the Monfort College of Business at UNC, and interned with the Eagles during the 2016-17 season in the Game Operations department. Her responsibilities include designing and ordering new product, managing online and game-day merchandise sales, non-profit donations, season ticket sales, group ticket sales, account representation, and customer service representation. In her spare time Alyssa enjoys traveling, hiking, playing tennis and spending time in the Colorado outdoors.
Ryan Nugent - Account Executive
Ryan is a Colorado native born and raised in Aurora, CO. He graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from Aims Community College in 2003. Working in the Eagles Ticketing Department he helps with managing season ticket accounts and generating new leads. Ryan is married and has two daughters and lives in Fort Collins. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Ben Peal - Senior Account Executive of Corporate Partnerships
Ben serves as the Eagles' Senior Account Executive of Corporate Partnerships. In this position, he maintains the team's corporate sponsorships and coordinates all in-game promotions. Ben is originally from Aurora, Colorado and graduated from Colorado State University in 2000. He served as an intern in 2001-02 with the Nashville Predators before coming back to Colorado and working for the Eagles. Ben enjoys camping, fishing, hunting, golf, climbing 14ers and playing hockey. He and his wife live in Windsor with their dog and 2 children.
Kevin McGlue - Media Relations Director & Broadcaster
Kevin McGlue has been “The Voice of the Eagles” since the 2009-10 season. A Colorado native, McGlue has a great familiarity with the team and as been involved with their broadcasts for 13 of their 15 seasons to date. He’s also a recognizable voice in Northern Colorado region, with 16 years of experience as a member of the Colorado Sate University football broadcast, as well as news radio experience on his resume.
Phil Gladden - Director of Video Services & Game Operations
Phil is the head of the game operations department which is responsible for finding and booking acts, implementing all sponsor promotions during games, and the overall entertainment during a game. As the Director of Video Services, Phil is responsible for creating and producing the game day introduction videos, highlight reels and graphics for the LED displays in the Budweiser Events Center. Gladden graduated from Southwest Missouri State University in 2003 with a B.S. in Mass Media Production. Prior to joining the Eagles he worked for the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees as the Director of Game day Operations and Creative Services. Phil has been a freelance videographer and editor since 2003 and has worked on both advertising and television programming. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, skiing, hunting and fishing.
Erin Prueter - Game Operations Manager
Erin was born and raised in Parker, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Northern Colorado with a degree in Sports Administration in 2019. Previously Erin worked as the director of game presentation and marketing for UNC Hockey and was a marketing and promotions intern with the Eagles during the 2018-19 season. She is responsible for planning and implementing all in-game entertainment elements. In her spare time she enjoys attending sporting events and spending time with her family, friends, and dog Wrigley.
Mcallaster Miller - Digital Media Manager
Mcallaster is a Colorado native, born and raised in Fort Collins. He graduated college with a degree in Sports Business and Marketing from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Previously, Mcallaster worked 3 seasons for the Arizona Coyotes' Marketing Department and one season with the NHL Media and Communications Department covering content for all 31 teams. His responsibilities include managing all social and digital platforms for the Eagles as well as photography and digital design. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, playing hockey, and spending time with his dog Samuel.
Emily Ostapovich - Director of Art & Graphics
Emily has served as the Eagles' art director since the team's inaugural season. In this position, she is the team's graphic designer for all printed materials, and she also oversees the Eagles' Kids Club. Ostapovich graduated from Colorado State University, and enjoys spending time with her family; husband (Ryan) and three daughters.