1969 The Golden Eagles open play in Western Hockey League on Oct. 10, beating San Diego 4 2 for coach Ray Kinasewich. They’re basically a team of free agents, although the Buffalo Sabres jersey cheap supply some men. The Eagles’ first record is 15 43 14.1970 The Eagles suffer through a 15 43 14 1969 70 WHL season, but one report shows the team averaging 6,000 a game attendance. On Aug. 18, general manager/coach Ray Kinasewich unexpectedly resigns, citing his family’s health. On Sept. 7, Gus Bodnar replaces him.
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in the WHL at 29 33 10. They are still affiliated with Buffalo. Lyle Bradley returns to the Eagles while Guyle Fielder is traded to Portland. On Jan. 25, the Eagles’ founder/owner Dan Meyer dies in a fall from a 19th story hotel window in Bloomington, Minn., where he is attending NHL/WHL meetings. On May 19, Charlie Finley of the California Golden Seals buys the Eagles from the Meyer estate and changes their colors from red, white, blue and gold to California gold and kelly green. Near the end of 1972, the Eagles start putting together a string of 15 straight weeks of leading the WHL.
1974 The Eagles’ fifth WHL season is their best. They win 41 games, losing 33 and tying four and average 4.43 goals a game. They lose in the semifinals. During the summer, the NHL takes over the Golden Seals and threatens Salt Lake with extinction. The Seals are sold to Mel Swig and moved to Cleveland to become the Barons; an hour before a mid August press conference called to announce the Eagles’ demise, Art Teece and the late O. Thayne Acord rescue professional hockey in Salt Lake City, scraping up the loans to buy the team at the 11th hour from the NHL. On Aug. 23, Jack Evans becomes coach. The WHL folds, and the Eagles join the Central Hockey League, playing their first CHL game on Oct. 14 and beating the Seattle Totems 4 2 before 6,216 in the Salt Palace.
1987 The year started with the Eagles in last place in the entire IHL and losing five of their first six games in January but what a finish! From Jan. 5 on, Coach Wayne Thomas’ team used great consistency on the road and climbed to second in the West Division and fifth overall during the regular season, then won 12 of 17 playoff games to take the franchise’s first ever Turner Cup championship on May 20 with a 7 3 win at Muskegon in the sixth game of the best of seven series. On June 30, the Flames named Paul Baxter, a former Calgary defenseman and assistant coach, as the coach of their new farm team, and he chose Bob Francis as his assistant.