Surrey 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.

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

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

HistoryEdit

New Westminster RoyalsEdit

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 team joined the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League (PCJHL). After 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 franchise was suspended when the major junior Western Canada Hockey League expanded with the New Westminster Bruins. In 1981, the Bruins relocated and the Royals were reactivated for two seasons. In 1983, the another Bruins' team returned to New Westminster and the Royals were again inactive. In 1988, the Bruins left again and the Royals were reactivated. The Royals won the Fred Page Cup as BCHL playoff champions in 1989–90.

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

SurreyEdit

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 recordEdit

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

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts PIM Finish Playoffs
New Westminster Royals
1962–67 New Westminister Royals PCJHL statistics not available
1967–68 40 15 23 2 186 234 32 5th, BCJHL Did not qualify
1968–69 40 10 23 7 158 200 27 5th, BCJHL Did not qualify
1969–70 48 2 44 2 151 320 6 7th, BCJHL Did not qualify
1970–71 60 25 29 6 261 270 56 3rd, Central Lost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Centennials)
1981–82 48 39 9 0 362 196 78 1st, Coastal Lost in Finals, 1–4 (Knights)
1982–83 56 41 14 1 363 246 83 2nd, Coastal Lost in Semifinals, 2–4 (Flyers)
1988–89 60 45 14 1 458 283 91 1st, Coastal Lost in Finals, 1–4 (Lakers)
1989–90 59 52 3 4 444 181 108 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–2 (Lakers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup Champions
1990–91 60 38 21 1 310 236 77 1st, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Warriors)
Surrey Eagles
1991–92 60 22 37 1 256 356 45 5th, Coastal Did not qualify
1992–93 60 29 26 5 328 288 71 2nd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Clippers)
1993–94 60 29 30 1 289 324 59 3rd, Coastal Lost in Quarterfinals, 1–4 (Capitals)
1994–95 60 37 21 2 316 259 76 3rd, Mainland Lost in Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Chiefs)
1995–96 60 32 27 1 267 276 65 3rd, Mainland Lost in Preliminary, 0–2 (Centennials)
1996–97 60 47 7 6 374 178 100 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–1 (Vipers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup Champions
1997–98 60 43 15 2 322 200 88 1st, Coastal Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–1 (Panthers)
Mowat Cup, Doyle Cup, Abbott Cup, RBC Cup Champions
1998–99 60 40 19 1 323 244 81 1st, Mainland Lost in Division Finals, 3–4 (Chiefs)
1999–00 60 27 27 6 258 283 60 4th, Mainland Did not qualify
2000–01 60 29 22 9 247 247 67 3rd, Mainland Lost in Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Salsa)
2001–02 60 31 24 5 251 263 67 2nd, Mainland Lost in Quarterfinals, 0–3 (Chiefs)
2002–03 60 29 24 1 6 211 209 65 3rd, Mainland Lost in Semifinals, 1–4 (Chiefs)
2003–04 60 38 16 1 5 276 212 82 2275 1st, Mainland Lost in Semifinals, 0–4 (Clippers)
2004–05 60 37 18 0 5 246 194 79 1859 1st, Mainland Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–1 (Vipers)
Mowat Cup Champions
2005–06 60 16 39 2 3 163 259 37 1236 4th, Mainland Did not qualify
2006–07 60 17 39 1 3 192 288 38 1008 8th, Coastal Lost in Preliminary, 1–4 (Clippers)
2007–08 60 33 23 1 3 234 213 70 994 3rd, Coastal Lost in Preliminary, 1–3 (Kings)
2008–09 60 28 25 1 6 199 205 63 1034 3rd, Mainland Lost in Division Semifinals, 1–4 (Kings)
2009–10 60 30 24 0 6 196 190 66 1076 5th, Coastal Lost in Division Quarterfinals, 2–4 (Chiefs)
2010–11 60 35 22 1 2 216 187 73 2nd, Coastal Lost Division Finals, 2–4 Kings
2011–12 60 36 15 2 7 217 187 81 2nd, Coastal Lost Division Finals, 1–4 Kings
2012–13 56 35 13 3 5 195 149 78 1st, Mainland Fred Page Cup Champions, 4–2 (Vees)
Western Canada Cup Champions (Brooks Bandits)[a]
Royal Bank Cup lost semifinals (Summerside)[b]
2013–14 58 25 30 1 2 201 232 53 4th, Mainland Lost Div. Semifinals, 2–4 (Rivermen)
2014–15 58 9 45 1 3 144 285 22 5th, Mainland Did not qualify
2015–16 58 7 48 1 2 139 308 17 6th, Mainland
17th, BCHL
Did not qualify
2016–17 58 18 36 4 0 187 269 40 5th of 6, Mainland
16th of 17, BCHL
Did not qualify
2017–18 58 26 22 8 2 189 208 62 3rd of 5, Mainland
10th of 17, BCHL
Won Div. Semifinals, 4–2 (Rivermen)
Lost Div. Finals, 3–4 (Spruce Kings)
2018–19 58 13 41 4 143 259 30 761 5th of 5, Mainland
17th of 17, BCHL
Did not qualify
2019–20 58 27 23 0 8 178 176 62 686 3rd of 5, Mainland
11th of 17, BCHL
Won First Round, 4–3 (Chiefs)
Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic
  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 alumniEdit

Awards and trophiesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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

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Preceded by
Summerside Western Capitals
Royal Bank Cup Champions
1998
Succeeded by
Vernon Vipers