Surrey Eagles

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Surrey Eagles
Surrey Eagles logo.svg
City Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
League British Columbia Hockey League
DivisionMainland
Founded1962 (1962)
Home arenaSouth Surrey Arena
ColoursNavy blue, green, white
   
General managerBlaine Neufeld
Head coachCam Keith [1]
Website www.surreyeagles.ca/
Franchise history
1962–1971,
1981–1983,
1988–1991

New Westminster Royals
1991–1996Surrey Eagles
1996–2003South Surrey Eagles
2003–presentSurrey Eagles

The Surrey Eagles are a junior "A" ice hockey team based in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. They are members of the Mainland Division of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). They play their home games at South Surrey Arena.

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History

New Westminster Royals

The city of New Westminster had been the home of a number of professional ice hockey teams, all named the New Westminster Royals, in the 1910s, 1940s and 1950s. In 1962, a New Westminster Royals junior ice hockey team joined the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League (PCJHL). After the Royals won five-straight league championships, the PCJHL merged with the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCJHL) in 1967. They were Abbott Cup finalists in 1967, during the 1967 Memorial Cup playdowns. In 1971, the now Junior A Royals franchise went dormant when the Estevan franchise of the major junior Western Canada Hockey League relocated and become the New Westminster Bruins. In 1981, the Bruins left New Westminster and the Royals were reactivated for two seasons. In 1983, a different major junior Bruins' team relocated from Nanaimo to New Westminster and the Royals again went dormant. In 1988, the Bruins left and the Royals were reactivated. The Royals won the 1989–90 Fred Page Cup as BCHL playoff champions.

Future NHL star Cliff Ronning was a notable member of the early 1980s Royals' squad. Future convicted fraudster Frank Biller played for the Royals from 1988 to 1990. [2]

Surrey

In 1991, the New Westminster Royals relocated to nearby Surrey, British Columbia. For the first four seasons in South Surrey, the Eagles did not make it past the quarterfinals in the playoffs. In 1997, their fifth season, the Eagles finished with a record of 47–7–6 for 100 points and won the BCHL championship by defeating the Vernon Vipers in the Subway Cup. The Eagles then beat the Rocky Mountain Junior Hockey League champions Cranbrook Colts and the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League to earn a berth in the Royal Bank Cup. In the tournament, held in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, the Eagles went 3–1 in the round-robin and beat the Kanata Valley Lasers 4–2 in the semifinal before losing to the host Summerside Western Capitals 4–3 in the championship game.

In the following 1997–98 season, the South Surrey Eagles won the Royal Bank Cup with the tournament held in Nanaimo, British Columbia, defeating the Weyburn Red Wings 4–1 in the final.

The Eagles' following seasons also were successful, losing the league title to eventual Royal Bank Cup winners Vernon Vipers in 1999, then twice losing in the league semifinal, and won the league title in 2005 over the Vernon Vipers four games to one. In the 2005 Doyle Cup series, they lost to Camrose Kodiaks four games to one.

In 2012–13, the Eagles won the British Columbia Hockey League championship by defeating the Penticton Vees in six games. They then won the inaugural Western Canada Cup with a 4–2 win over the Brooks Bandits in the championship game. At the Royal Bank Cup, the Surrey Eagles went 3–1 in the round-robin to finish in second place, but lost to the host Summerside Western Capitals in overtime in the semifinal game.

Season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

SeasonGPWLTOTLGFGAPtsPIMFinishPlayoffs
New Westminster Royals
1962–63 to
1966–67
New Westminster Royals PCJHL statistics not available
1967–684015232186234325th, BCJHLDid not qualify
1968–694010237158200275th, BCJHLDid not qualify
1969–7048244215132067th, BCJHLDid not qualify
1970–716025296261270563rd, CentralLost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Centennials)
1971–72 to
1980–81
dormant during existence of major junior New Westminster Bruins
1981–82483990362196781st, CoastalLost in Finals, 1–4 (Knights)
1982–835641141363246832nd, CoastalLost in Semifinals, 2–4 (Flyers)
1983–84 to
1987–88
dormant during second iteration of major junior New Westminster Bruins
1988–896045141458283911st, CoastalLost in Finals, 1–4 (Lakers)
1989–905952344441811081st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–2 (Lakers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup Champions
1990–916038211310236771st, CoastalLost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Warriors)
Surrey Eagles
1991–926022371256356455th, CoastalDid not qualify
1992–936029265328288712nd, CoastalLost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Clippers)
1993–946029301289324593rd, CoastalLost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Capitals)
1994–956037212316259763rd, MainlandLost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Chiefs)
1995–966032271267276653rd, MainlandLost in Preliminary, 0–2 (Centennials)
1996–976047763741781001st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–1 (Vipers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup Champions
1997–986043152322200881st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–1 (Panthers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup, RBC Cup Champions
1998–996040191323244811st, MainlandLost in Division Finals, 3–4 (Chiefs)
1999–006027276258283604th, MainlandDid not qualify
2000–016029229247247673rd, MainlandLost in Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Salsa)
2001–026031245251263672nd, MainlandLost in Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Chiefs)
2002–0360292416211209653rd, MainlandLost in Semifinals, 1–4 (Chiefs)
2003–04603816152762128222751st, MainlandLost in Semifinals, 0–4 (Clippers)
2004–05603718052461947918591st, Mainland Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–1 (Vipers)
Mowat Cup Champions
2005–06601639231632593712364th, MainlandDid not qualify
2006–07601739131922883810088th, CoastalLost in Preliminary, 1–4 (Clippers)
2007–0860332313234213709943rd, CoastalLost in Preliminary, 1–3 (Kings)
2008–09602825161992056310343rd, MainlandLost in Division Semifinals, 1–4 (Kings)
2009–10603024061961906610765th, CoastalLost in Division Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Chiefs)
2010–1160352212216187732nd, CoastalLost Division Finals, 2–4 Kings
2011–1260361527217187812nd, CoastalLost Division Finals, 1–4 Kings
2012–1356351335195149781st, Mainland Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–2 (Vees)
Western Canada Cup Champions (Brooks Bandits) [lower-alpha 1]
Royal Bank Cup lost semifinals (Summerside) [lower-alpha 2]
2013–1458253012201232534th, MainlandLost Div. Semifinals, 2–4 (Rivermen)
2014–155894513144285225th, MainlandDid not qualify
2015–165874812139308176th, Mainland
17th, BCHL
Did not qualify
2016–1758183640187269405th of 6, Mainland
16th of 17, BCHL
Did not qualify
2017–1858262282189208623rd of 5, Mainland
10th of 17, BCHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–2 (Rivermen)
Lost Div. Finals, 3–4 (Spruce Kings)
2018–195813414143259307615th of 5, Mainland
17th of 17, BCHL
Did not qualify
2019–20 58272308178176626863rd of 5, Mainland
11th of 17, BCHL
Won First Round, 4–3 (Chiefs)
Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
2020–21201721010244352241st of 3, Coquitlam Pod
2nd of 16, BCHL
Covid-19 "pod season" - no playoffs
2021–2254282600165170564656th of 9, Coastal
12th of 18, BCHL
Lost Div Quarterfinal, 0-4 (Chiefs)
  1. 2013 Western Canada Cup 3–1–0 round-robin second place – advanced to finals and defeated Brooks Bandits 4–1.
  2. 2013 Royal Bank Cup 3–1–0 round-robin second place – advance to semifinals and lost to Summerside Western Capitals 3–2 (OT).

NHL alumni

Awards and trophies

See also

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References

  1. "EAGLES MAKE BENCH HIRE". BCHL. March 29, 2019.
  2. "Biller gets 3 years for Eron fraud in B.C." CBC News . 2005-09-08. Retrieved 2018-04-26.


Preceded by Royal Bank Cup Champions
1998
Succeeded by