Eagles Hockey Soars To New Heights
May 31, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eastern Washington University Eagles Hockey Club is proud to announce a new generation of hockey in Cheney.
After a successful 2017-2018 campaign, culminating with a Northern Pacific Hockey Conference Championship, the Eastern Hockey Club has gained recognition from the PAC-8 conference and has been accepted into the league for the 2018-2019 season. The Eagles regular season schedule will include games against University of Oregon, Western Washington University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Boise State University.
At the end of the regular season, the Eagles will then have an opportunity to compete in Lake Tahoe against the top teams in the PAC-8 conference including teams from the PAC-8 South; Arizona State University, University of Southern California, University of California Berkley, San Jose State University, and San Diego State University.
With the opportunity to become a nationally recognized competitor, the Eagles have decided to combine the two teams on campus to create a single competitive and winning program, with the hopes of soon returning to the ACHA National Tournament.
Second-year head coach Pat Hanlon had this to say regarding his team’s move to the new conference, “I am very proud of what we achieved this year in the Northern Pacific Hockey Conference, this opportunity to join the PAC-8 was earned by our players and the teams from the past who set the stage for progress.” When asked about his thoughts on the schedule Coach Hanlon added “Being able to compete against well-known regional universities will increase the excitement in the URC and will benefit our recruiting tremendously. We are hopeful to earn a spot in Lake Tahoe and continue playing as long as we can. This is a great time for Eagle Hockey.”
Eastern Washington University Club Sports coordinator, and longtime EWU Hockey advocate, Travis Allen added, “This move positions EWU Hockey to return to the program of old. Administratively we are excited at the chance for our student body to no longer be confused about which team is playing and hopefully this translates to a larger crowd present at games. Our students are excited to see schools they’ve heard about for years in their very own building.”
The Eastern Washington University Eagles will have more information about the upcoming season and future changes throughout the summer.
The EWU Eagles open their season September 21st at the EWU URC against the University of Idaho Vandals. Single game and season ticket information will be available over the summer. Information about the eagles can be found online at www.ewuachahockey.com or EWU Eagles Hockey on Facebook