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Surrey Eagles

Surrey Eagles
City Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
League British Columbia Hockey League
Conference Coastal
Founded 1962 (1962)–63
Home arena South Surrey Arena
Colours Blue, Green, White
General manager Blaine Neufeld
Head coach Blaine Neufeld

Franchise history
1988-91 New Westminster Royals
1991-96 Surrey Eagles
1996-03 South Surrey Eagles
2003-Present Surrey Eagles
Previous franchise history
1962-71 New Westminster Royals
1981-83 New Westminster Royals

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


New Westminster

The New Westminster Royals joined the Pacific Coast Junior Hockey League in 1962. After five straight league championships, the PCJHL merged with the British Columbia Junior Hockey League in 1967. They were Abbott Cup Finalists in 1967, during the 1967 Memorial Cup playdowns. In 1971, the franchise was suspended when the Western Canada Junior Hockey League expanded with the New Westminster Bruins. In 1981, the Bruins skipped town and the Royals were reactivated for two seasons. In 1983, the Bruins were returned to New Westminster and the Royals were again inactive. In 1988, again the Bruins left town and the Royals came back. In 1991, the Royals left town on their own and became the Surrey Eagles.


The first four seasons in the South Surrey were very disappointing for the Eagles as they did not make it past the Quarter-Finals. It was seasons 5 and 6 that the team had its greatest success.

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 semi-final before losing to the host Summerside Western Capitals 4-3 in the championship game.

Season 6, 1998, would bring the ultimate goal, a Royal Bank Cup, to the South Surrey Eagles. This time, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, they cruised through the tournament, ultimately beating the Weyburn Red Wings 4-1 in the final.

The remaining seasons were also very strong regular seasons for Surrey. In 1999 they lost the league title to eventual Royal Bank Cup winners Vernon Vipers. They lost twice in the Semi-finals in that span and won the league title, Fred Page Cup, in 2005 overcoming Vernon Vipers, 4 games to 1. In the Doyle Cup series, Camrose Kodiaks defeated them, 4 games to 1.

In 2012/13 the Eagles had another very successful year. They won the British Columbia Hockey League championship by defeating the Penticton Vees in 6 games. Next they won the inaugural Crescent Point Energy 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 2nd place,

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