The Colorado Eagles are no longer a part of the Central Hockey League (CHL). But don't be alarmed, it should be a good thing for the Eagles.

The team is coming off a heart-breaking game 7 loss in the CHL President's Cup Finals. They have played in the finals 5 out of the 8 years of their existence, and now they are moving on to bigger and better things.

Monday the team announced their acceptance into the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).

The ECHL is one of two nationwide minor pro hockey leagues (the American Hockey League being the other) recognized by the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League and the NHLPA (players' association), making it a strong pipeline for NHL talent. Entering its 24th season, the ECHL is home to 20 teams in 16 different states, spanning every corner of the United States.

The Eagles will keep their name, logo & colors, and continue playing at the Budweiser Events Center.  The 2011-12 ECHL season begins in mid-October, a complete schedule should be released soon, but the Eagles will have their first home game on Friday October 21st.

A bigger league with ties to the NHL? Sounds like a win-win for the Eagles and Eagles fans alike.

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