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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. 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.

What is your position with the Eagles? Executive Vice President

What is your hometown? Littleton, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Golf and skiing

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? Mick Jagger

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

Do you have any pets? What are their names? Dog named Islay

What is your favorite movie? The Big Lebowski

What was your first job? Tony's Meat Market

What is your favorite thing about your job? The relationships

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 a Colorado native born and raised in Summit County, Colorado.  He graduated with a degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University and joined the Eagles ticketing department as an Account Executive in 2013.  His responsibilities include managing the sales team, developing ticketing strategies, implementing best practices, and maintaining customer relationships.  In his free time, Sean enjoys playing golf, running, snowboarding, and spending time with family and friends.

What is your position with the Eagles? Vice President, Ticket Sales

Where are you from? Silverthorne, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Golf, hockey, fishing, disc golf, and running.

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

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

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? The Office

Where is your favorite place to eat? Music City Hot Chicken

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A Major League Baseball player.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? Zia- Golden Retriever & Ted- Golden Doodle

What is your favorite movie? Dumb and Dumber

What was your first job? Serving ice cream at Coldstone Creamery!

What is your favorite thing about your job? Building relationships with new people and interacting/cheering with our fans!

Jack Allard - Director, Ticket Sales

Jack Allard - Director, Ticket SalesJack Allard

Director, Ticket Sales

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.

What is your position with the Eagles? Director, Ticket Sales.

Where are you from? Cleveland, Ohio

Do you have any hobbies? Playing soccer, volleyball, golf, going to breweries, and traveling. 

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? Liverpool, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks.

If you could have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who would it be? Why can't it be 3!? Just 1: Jackie Robinson

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? GM of a professional sports team.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? A black lab named Mila

What is your favorite movie? Remember the Titans

What was your first job? Made Pizzas at the Hot Tomato

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

Drew Galyardt - Account ExecutiveDrew Galyardt

Account Executive

Drew was born and raised in Greeley, Colorado and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 2014 with a degree in Journalism and Communications. He has worked in ticket sales since 2016, spending the past three seasons with the Denver Outlaws as an Account Executive. He was previously an intern with the Eagles and has been helping the Eagles radio broadcast team the past three seasons as their show producer in the studio. In his spare time, Drew enjoys being with his family and puppy, playing hockey, golf, and going to breweries and escape rooms with his wife, Erika.

What is your position with the Eagles? Account Executive

What is your hometown? Greeley, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Playing hockey, golf, and video games.

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? M*A*S*H

Where is your favorite place to eat? Wing Shack.

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

Do you have any pets? What are their names? Dog named Rorie.

What is your favorite movie? Pirates of the Caribbean

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Go to a brewery or golfing

What is your favorite thing about your job? Giving people the same fun experiences watching the Eagles that I had when I was a kid.

What is the last concert you went to? Dirty Heads at Red Rocks

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

Marketing & Communications

Kevin McGlue - Vice President, Communications & Broadcasting

Kevin McGlue - Vice President, Communications & BroadcastingKevin McGlue

Vice President, Communications & Broadcasting

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 has been involved with their broadcasts for 16 of their 18 seasons to date. He’s also a recognizable voice in the Northern Colorado region, with 19 years of experience as a member of the Colorado State University football broadcast, as well as nearly a decade of news radio experience on his resume.

What is your position with the Eagles? Vice President, Communications & Broadcasting.

Where are you from? Lakewood, Colorado

What are your hobbies? Golfing and fishing.

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? Bill Murray

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? Arrested Development

Where is your favorite place to eat? At a table.

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

What was your first job? Bus boy/dishwasher at Mr. Steak

What is your favorite thing about your job? Enjoying the wins and spending time with the staff

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

Ashley Potts - Digital Media Manager

Ashley Potts - Digital Media ManagerAshley Potts

Digital Media Manager

Ashley was born and raised in Salida, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Integrated Visual Studies in 2019. Ashley has worked as a photographer and digital media intern for the Eagles for four seasons before joining the staff full time. She has also worked doing photography and social media for Team USA and the NHL. She is responsible for running all of the Eagles' social media platforms as well as updating the website and creating visual and written content. In her spare time she enjoys paddle boarding, camping and spending time with her family and friends.

What is your position with the Eagles? Manager, Digital Media

Where are you from? Salida, Colorado

Do you have any hobbies? Paddle Boarding

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

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

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? Grey's Anatomy

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? A paleontologist.

What is your favorite movie? Mamma Mia.

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? In the mountains with my favorite people. Or napping. No in-between.

What is your favorite thing about your job? Showcasing our player's personalities and interacting with fans.

What is the last concert you went to? Young the Giant at Grandoozy.

Emily Ostapovich - Director, Creative & Marketing Services

Emily Ostapovich - Director, Marketing & Creative ServicesEmily Ostapovich

Director, Creative & Marketing Services

Emily has served as the Eagles' Art Director since the team's inaugural season. In this position, she was the team's Graphic Designer for all print and digital display content.  She is now the Director of Marketing and Creative Services.  She has also served at the Director for the Kids Club. Ostapovich graduated from Colorado State University, and enjoys spending time with her family; husband (Ryan) and three daughters.

What is your position with the Eagles? Director, Marketing & Creative Services

Where are you from? Fort Collins, Colorado

Other than the Eagles, what is your favorite sports team? Duke Basketball and CSU Rams all sports

What is your favorite place to eat? New Mexican food from anywhere.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? My 3 cats: Cherry, Coco, & Cookie, please follow them on Instagram at @saltybutfluffy

What was your first job? Delivery Girl at a little print shop called the "The Printing Press"

What was your favorite subject in school? Geometry

Merchandise

Kayla Scohy - Director, Merchandise

Kayla Scohy - Director, MerchandiseKayla Scohy

Director, Merchandise

Kayla is a Loveland Colorado native. She graduated from Ashworth College with honors and received a diploma in Travel and Tourism. Kayla joined the Eagles in the 2018-2019 season as a merch associate working in the merchandise stands at games and in the pop-up holiday store. She was promoted to Director of Merchandise in the Summer of 2021. Her responsibilities include designing, ordering and inventorying all merchandise. Handling online sales, overseeing the merchandise stands at the arena and running the Eagles retail stores. As well as handling all team donation inquiries. In her free time, Kayla enjoys eating burritos, walking off the calories from eating burritos, being outdoors provided the temperature is over 75 degrees, and traveling.

What is your position with the Eagles? Director of Merchandise.

Where are you from? Loveland, Colorado.

Do you have any hobbies? Going to concerts, traveling, photography

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

What is your favorite binge-worthy show? I Love Lucy

When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up? Barrel Racer, Crime Scene Investigator, or Fighter Pilot. It changed every week.

Do you have any pets? What are their names? I had a horse named Pepi and a dog named Regen

What was your favorite subject in school? Civics and History

What was your first job? Working for my family's jewelry business

What is your favorite way to spend a day off? Being outside and sitting by a lake or river 

What is your favorite thing about your job? Working at the merchandise booth at the games. Experiencing the electric energy that Eagles Country brings every night is like nothing else!

What is the last concert you went to? Adelitas Way