The Colorado Eagles’ Inaugural year introduced Northern Colorado to the exciting realm of professional hockey. Sure, we had the Colorado Avalanche, but this was a local team with players that we could meet one-on-one and they soon became our friends.
Our team needed a leader in the role of captain and Brent Thompson filled that role with gusto and machismo. Thompson played defense and was known for pounding the puck off the glass and out of his zone. Thompson never backed away from a fight and his stature of 6’2” and 210 pounds made him a virtual brick wall. He also served as assistant coach for the Colorado Eagles.
Brent Thompson, a Calgary, Alberta native, played 121 games in the National Hockey League. He played for six NHL teams including the Winnipeg Jets, Phoenix Coyotes, NY Rangers, and Los Angeles Kings. He came to the Colorado Eagles as a free agent on July 18, 2003.
Brent Thompson played 61 regular season games with the Colorado Eagles. He scored 5 goals, had 24 assists and 172 penalty minutes. Unfortunately, the CHL veteran rule of allowing only four vets per team hit the Eagles hard and Thompson was a casualty of that rule.
The next year he moved on to Providence to play in the AHL. He is currently the head coach for the Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).