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Executive Management

Martin Lind - Owner / CEO

Martin Lind - Owner, CEO, GovernorMartin Lind

Owner / 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.

 

 

 

What is your position with the Eagles? Owner, CEO, & Governor

Where are you from? Windsor, Colorado

What are your hobbies? Golf, hunting, saltwater fishing, and grampaing.

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? Yellowstone

What is your favorite place to eat? Alexandars in Cabo Marina

What was your favorite subject in school? Industrial arts

What was the last concert you went to? Adele with Ryan Bach

Ryan Bach - President / Alternate Governor

Ryan-Bach-Head-Shot-380x440.jpgRyan Bach

President / Alternate Governor

Ryan Bach is the team's President and Alternate Governor. The Colorado Eagles inaugural season goaltender has been a member of the Eagles hockey operations staff as goaltending coach since 2005, helping guide the organization to a President’s Cup championship title in the CHL, as well as back-to-back ECHL Kelly Cup Championships in 2017 and 2018.  His duties were expanded heading into the 2007-08 season when he was named assistant coach and served as interim head coach. In addition, the 48-year-old also spent nine seasons providing color commentary during Colorado Eagles radio broadcasts.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Bach played eight seasons of professional hockey, including two stops in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings.  Bach attended Colorado College for four seasons, finishing with a 53-19-8 record with the Tigers.  He was an All-WCHA First-Team Goaltender twice, as well as being named a two-time All-American.  He started his career in the Red Wings’ system playing for Adirondack of the AHL.  The following season, he played for the Houston Aeros and was selected as an IHL All-Star.  In his last two seasons before coming to Colorado, Bach won two straight British Ice Hockey Superleague Championships with the Sheffield Steelers and Belfast Giants.  He finished up his pro career with the Eagles going 33-15-5.

In addition to his nearly four decades of playing and coaching experience, Bach also owned and managed the RE/MAX Eagle Rock real estate brokerage, which he began in 2011. The Sherwood Park, Alberta native and his family currently reside in Windsor where he has lived for the past 19 years.

Founder

Ralph Backstrom - Founder

Ralph Backstrom - FounderRalph Backstrom

Founder & Hockey Legend

Photo / Media Gallery: Remembering Ralph Backstrom

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 was a vibrant part of the community that he and his wife, Janet, both loved. 

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.

Ralph passed away on February 7th, 2021 at his home in Windsor. He is survived by his wife Janet, daughter Diana and sons Andrew and Martin.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • 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

Accounting

Jennifer Dollarhide - Vice President, Finance

Jennifer Dollarhide - Vice President, FinanceJennifer Dollarhide

Vice President, Finance

Jennifer joined the Eagles in 2004 and is the team's Vice President of Finance. 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.

 

What is your position with the Eagles? Vice President, Finance. 

Where are you from? Greeley, Colorado.

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? Colorado Buffaloes

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Goldie Hawn

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? Gilmore Girls

Do you have any pets? What are their names? 3 dogs - Harley, Rocco, Redgie

What was your first job? Soccer referee

What is your favorite thing about your job? Great atmosphere and attending hockey games.

What is the last concert you went to? Tim McGraw

Corporate Sales

Gavin Riches - Executive Vice President

Gavin Riches - Executive Vice PresidentGavin Riches

Executive Vice President

Gavin is the head of the Eagles Corporate Department. He oversees business operations and development for the Colorado Eagles. In this role, Gavin manages corporate partnerships and activation, game day experience, events center relationships, creation of new themed promotions, marketing integration and general business strategy.

Gavin is originally from Birmingham, Englund and 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, in 2003. During his time with the Eagles, Gavin has won CHL Corporate Sales Executive of the year in 2008, 2009, 2010 and the AHL Ken McKenzie Award in 2022.

Ben Peal - Director, Corporate Partnerships

Ben Peal - Director, Corporate PartnershipsBen Peal

Director, Corporate Partnerships

Ben serves as the Eagles' Director of Corporate Partnerships. 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.

What is your position with the Eagles? Director, Corporate Partnerships

What is your hometown? Aurora, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Golfing, camping, fishing, hunting, hockey, traveling, and cooking.

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? Colorado Avalanche

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Hockey player or pilot.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? Two dogs named Luka and Mischa.

What was your favorite subject in school? Science.

What is your favorite thing about your job? Our fans are second to none! Their passion for our community, the team, our players, game attendance is incredible.

McKaiela Tyler - Manager, Partnership Sales & Client Services

McKaiela Tyler - Manager, Partnership Sales & Client ServicesMcKaiela Tyler

Manager, Partnership Sales & Client Services

McKaiela is the Manager of Partnership Sales & Client Services. She is assists with partnership development, asset fulfillment and serves as an additional contact point to help bring partnership to a new level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sonoma State University and a Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. Previously she spent time with the Bakersfield Condors and Ontario Reign in their ticketing departments. She enjoys watching sports and spending time with her golden retrievers Bo and May.

What is your position with the Eagles? Manager, Partnership Sales & Client Services

Where are you from? Yelm, Washington

Do you have any hobbies? Basketball

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Michael B. Jordan

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? University of Washington Women's Basketball

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? New Girl

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? WNBA player

Do you have any pets? What are their names? 2 Golden Retrievers named Bo and May.

What was your first job? Pizza shop.

Ticket Sales

Sean Linfield - Vice President, Ticket Sales

Sean Linfield - Vice President, Ticket SalesSean Linfield

Vice President, Ticket Sales

Sean is the head of the Eagles Ticket Sales department. In this role, he manages, develops, and implements business strategies for the ticketing and marketing departments which include sales, service, promotions, and operations. He wants to enable his team to be successful and help continue to build on the long-standing tradition of Eagles hockey. "The team doesn’t begin or end at the bench, it extends to our entire office and fanbase, and takes a collective effort from everyone to be successful!"

Sean is a Colorado native born and raised in Silverthorn, Colorado and he graduated from Colorado State University in 2011 with his degree in Business Management. Sean started working for the Eagles as a game operations intern in 2012 and this will be Sean's 10th year as a full-time staff member. Sean was a part of the Marketing Department when the Eagles won the Marketing Department of the Year award in 2017.

 

Jack Allard - Director, Ticket Sales

Jack Allard - Director, Ticket SalesJack Allard

Director, Ticket Sales

Jack is the Eagles Ticket Sales Director. In role, he helps manage the ticketing department, sell Season ticket packages, mini plans and group outings as well as provides customer service during all Eagles home games. After spending 2 seasons as a marketing and promotions intern, Jack was hired on in the Ticket Sales department and has been with the Eagles full-time for 7 years. 

Jack was born in Cleveland, Ohio and grew up in Naperville, Illinois. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2015 with a degree in Communications and a minor in Business.

Ryan Nugent - Manager, Ticket Retention & Referrals

Ryan Nugent - Manager, Ticket Retention & ReferralsRyan Nugent

Manager, Ticket Retention & Referrals

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.

What is your position with the Eagles? Manager, Ticket Retention & Referrals

What is your hometown? Aurora, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Woodworking, Graphic Design (Logos)

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? John Bonham

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? Friends

Where is your favorite place to eat? Cafe Mexicali

Do you have any pets? What are their names? A pitbull named Reggie

What is your favorite movie? Anchorman

What was your favorite subject in school? Music

What was your first job? Hospitality at an Athletic Club

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Woodworking

What is your favorite thing about your job? Our fans and those that I get to work with!

What is the last concert you went to? Jimmy Eat World

Drew Galyardt - Account Executive/Radio Broadcast and Studio Host

Drew Galyardt - Account ExecutiveDrew Galyardt

Account Executive/Radio Broadcast and Studio Host

Drew is an Account Executive for the Eagles, where he sells Season ticket packages, mini plans, group outings, and provides customer service to new and existing Eagles fans to ensure a fun and memorable experience at the games. He also is the Radio Broadcast Producer and Studio Host for the Eagles radio broadcast team, where he hosts the pre-game, intermission and post-game shows, and ensures everything runs smoothly behind the scenes during the game for Kevin McGlue and the broadcast team at the arena.

 

Drew grew up in Greeley, Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014 with a degree in Journalism and Telecommunications. This will be his second-year full time in the front office and 5th season in the studio

Cassidy Torpen - Account Executive

Cassidy Torpen - Account ExecutiveCassidy Torpen

Account Executive

What is your position with the Eagles? Account Executive

Where are you from? Parker, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Hiking, brewery hopping and going to concerts

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? Denver Broncos

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Steve Carell

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? The Office

Where is your favorite place to eat? Hickory House Ribs in Parker

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be the person that picks the music to play on country radio stations.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? No pets… yet

What is your favorite thing about your job? Giving people the opportunity to experience live sports!

What is the last concert you went to? Brett Eldredge at the Fillmore in Denver

Cody Bathauer - Account Executive

Cody Bathauer - Inside Sales RepresentativeCody Bathauer

Account Executive

What is your hometown? Windsor, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Disc golf, Going to concerts, Playing with my dogs.

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? Colorado Avalanche!! Denver Broncos

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Neil DeGrasse Tyson! I am a huge fan of astronomy and really enjoy hearing him talk about the universe and the unknown!

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? How I Met Your Mother

Where is your favorite place to eat? Honolulu Poke, my new favorite type of food!

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A police officer, like my father.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? Two cats named Kyro and Lila, two dogs named Bear and Landy (After Colorado Avalanche captain, Gabe Landsekog)

What is your favorite movie? Miracle

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Hanging out with my Fiancé and going up to the mountains.

What is your favorite thing about your job? Applying my passion for the organization and the sport.

What is the last concert you went to? Ballyhoo! with The Expendables

Marketing & Communications

Kevin McGlue - Vice President, Communications & Broadcasting

Kevin McGlue - Vice President, Communications & BroadcastingKevin McGlue

Vice President, Communications & Broadcasting

Kevin is the head of the Eagles Communication department and has been “The Voice of the Eagles” since the 2009-10 season. In this role, he provides the play-by-play broadcast for all Eagles games, both home and away. Kevin also handles all official communications for the team, including game notes for each contest. 

Kevin is originally from Lakewood, Colorado and got a Bachelor's of Science in Business from the University of Colorado at Denver. He has been a part of the Eagles broadcast for 18 of the team’s first 20 seasons and has worked for the organization in a full-time capacity for 15 years. Kevin has also spent 21 seasons as a member of the Colorado State University football broadcast, working in a variety of roles including play-by-play, color commentary and sideline reporting. 

Reno Boyd - Director, Video Production

Reno Boyd - Director, Video ProductionReno Boyd

Director, Video Production

What is your position with the Eagles? Director, Video Production

Where are you from? Highlands Ranch, Colorado 

Do you have any hobbies? Fly Fishing, Camping, hiking, anything outside

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? CSU Basketball

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Paul Rudd

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? Yellowstone

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Actor

Do you have any pets? A dog named Jax 

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Fly Fishing

What is your favorite thing about your job? Every day is something new.

What is the last concert you went to? Grady Spencer and The Work

Emily Ostapovich - Marketing Director / Creative Director

Emily Ostapovich

Marketing Director / Creative Director

Nicole Pennetta - Manager, Digital Media

Nicole Pennetta

Manager, Digital Media

Nicole is the Eagles' Digital Media Manager. In this role, she oversees the team's social media, website, photography, and newsletter. 

Nicole is originally from Centennial, Colorado, and attended Texas Tech University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Communication Studies. She started with the Eagles as a Media Relations intern until being brought on as the Digital Media Manager during the 2021-22 season. This will be Nicole's first full season as a full-time staff member. 

Garrett Warner - Manager, Event and Game Operations

Garrett Warner

Manager, Event and Game Operations

Garrett is the Eagles Manager of Event and Game Operations. In this role, he is in charge of gameday presentation in the arena. Previously, he was an Eagles intern and then spent the next five years on the video staff for the Budweiser Events Center. Garrett was brought on full-time with the Eagles over the summer of 2022, making the 2022-23 season his "rookie" season. 

Originally from Loveland, Colorado, the first hockey game Garrett ever attended live was an Eagles game. He grew up in the arena as a fan of the team. 

Merchandise

Kayla Scohy - Director, Merchandise

Kayla Scohy - Director, MerchandiseKayla Scohy

Director, Merchandise

Kayla is the Eagles' Director of Merchandise. In this role, she Designs, orders, and inventories all merchandise, and oversees online sales and third-party retail partnerships. She also manages the merchandise stands and merchandise crew at the arena runs, the Eagles retail stores, works with hockey operations on all the team’s specialty jerseys, and handles all team donation inquiries.

Kayla is from Loveland, Colorado and attended Ashworth College where she received her diploma with honors in Travel and Tourism. Kayla started with the team part-time during the 2018-19 season as a game day merch crew member. She was promoted to Director of Merchandise for the 2021-22 season.