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Colorado Eagles founder Ralph Backstrom leaves honorable legacy in northern Colorado

Without Ralph Backstrom’s influence, it’s difficult to determine where hockey in northern Colorado would stand. Perhaps no minor league franchise would call the region home. Or, given the sport’s considerable expenses, maybe local youth would view playing hockey as an afterthought and too large of a commitment to buy into.
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Pioneers Reflect on the Life of Ralph Backstrom

DENVER - The Denver Pioneers hockey family mourns the loss of former head coach Ralph Backstrom, who passed away at 83 earlier this week. Backstrom coached the Pioneers to six winning seasons during his nine-year tenure from 1981-1990. The Kirkland Lake, Ontario native reached the high point of his Denver career in 1985-86 when he took DU to a 34-13-1 season, won the WCHA regular season and playoff titles and earned a trip to the Frozen Four. Backstrom's 34 wins set the mark for Pioneer teams and earned him accolades as the WCHA and National Coach of the Year. As a player, Backstrom was a six-time Stanley Cup Champion, six-time NHL All-Star and recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy. His 20-year career included more than 1,000 NHL games, played primarily with the Montreal Canadiens and Los Angeles Kings, and 234 WHA games. Immediately after retirement, Backstrom began his coaching career at DU as a three-year assistant under Marshall Johnson, then spent a season in the same role with the Kings before returning to DU as a head coach. Backstrom eventually left Denver to serve as the head coach of the IHL's Phoenix Road Runners. He later became the founder and president of Roller Hockey International and founder, general manager and president of the Colorado Eagles.
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Colorado Eagles Founder, Hockey Legend Ralph Backstrom Passes Away

Won six Stanley Cups with Montreal, coached at DU and helped create the current minor-league affiliate of the Avalanche. WINDSOR, Colo.--The Colorado Eagles are sad to announce the passing of team founder Ralph Backstrom, who passed away Sunday at the age of 83. Backstrom founded the Colorado Eagles in 2002 and served as team president from 2003 to 2007. He played on six Stanley Cup winning teams with the Montreal Canadiens and was a fifteen-year coach at the NCAA and professional level. Backstrom was elected to the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2008 and was awarded the ECHL's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013 in recognition of a career spent growing the great sport of hockey.
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Ralph Backstrom Dies; Was 6-Time Cup Winner with Canadiens

Ralph Backstrom, who died Sunday at his home in Windsor, Colorado, at age 83, played a key role in three dynasties for the Montreal Canadiens. The six-time Stanley Cup winner won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie in 1958-59, finishing with 18 goals and 40 points while centering Montreal’s third line. That’s about as high as he was going to get on a team that had future Hall of Famers Jean Beliveau and Henri Richard centering its top two lines.
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Six-time Stanley Cup winner Ralph Backstrom dies at 83

Six-time Stanley Cup winner Ralph Backstrom has died. He was 83. Backstrom’s death was announced Sunday by the Colorado Eagles, a minor league team he founded and served as president from 2003-07. No cause of death was announced. Backstrom, the NHL Rookie of the Year in 1959, was part of...
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Ralph Backstrom, who won 6 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, dies at 83

WINDSOR, Colo. -- Ralph Backstrom, a six-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens, college coach and founder of a minor league team, died Sunday. He was 83. The Colorado Eagles announced the death of Backstrom, who founded the minor league franchise in northern Colorado in 2002. He served as the Eagles' team president from 2003 to 2007. No cause of death was given.
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Ralph Backstrom, 6-Time Stanley Cup Champion, Dies at 83

Ralph Backstrom, a former NHL center who won six Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, died Sunday at the age of 83. Backstrom also founded the Colorado Eagles, who currently serve as the Colorado Avalanche's AHL affiliate. The Eagles released a statement on Backstrom's death. "Ralph Backstrom was the most...
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Ralph Backstrom passes away

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens family was saddened to learn of the passing of former Habs forward Ralph Backstrom. The former Calder Trophy recipient in 1959 was 83. An outstanding performer everywhere he played, Ralph Backstrom first made a name for himself as captain of the Montreal Jr. Canadiens in 1957 and 1958, leading the team to the Memorial Cup in 1958.
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Ralph Backstrom, Founder Of Colorado Eagles, Dies At 83

WINDSOR, Colo. (AP/CBS4) — Ralph Backstrom, a six-time Stanley Cup winner, college coach and founder of a minor-league hockey team, died Sunday. He was 83. The Colorado Eagles announced the death of Backstrom, who founded the minor-league franchise located in northern Colorado, in 2002. He served as the Eagles’ team president from 2003-07. No cause of death was given.