Upcoming MatchEagles vs Fort Macleod Mustangs/Dec 4/Innisfail Arena
Upcoming MatchEagles vs Fort Macleod Mustangs/Dec 4/Innisfail Arena

History

The History of the Innisfail Eagles

The Innisfail Eagles Hockey Club has existed in Innisfail officially since 1947 when the Memorial Arena was first built. The owner of the local Ford Dealership had an eagle on top of his sign and when he sponsored the team the name was given as the Eagles. In the 1980’s the Eagles were renamed for a period of about 8 years as the Innisfail Highwayman Eagles from their sponsorship from the Highwayman Motor Inn. Senior hockey has been played here since before 1947. The Legion sponsored a team for a number years prior to that with the team playing games in surrounding communities against whomever would play them. There is even documented evidence of a senior men’s hockey team traveling to Olds to play an exhibition game in 1903. The tradition of the Eagles lives on in its present day team and through its alumni, which the organization is very proud of.


The Allan Cup

(www.allancup.ca)

The Allan Cup is a trophy that was donated by Sir Montague Allan in 1908 for amateur hockey teams to compete for each year to replace the Stanley Cup, whose tournament had become a professional competition. At that time the team that won it defended it against any challengers. In 1914 the Allan Cup competition was changed to a once a year format in which teams from across the nation would compete in.

Since 1984 the Cup has been competed for by teams in the Senior AAA category. The original Cup has been retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame, and a replica is presented to the champions.

The Allan Cup means a lot to hockey. It has been won by teams from every province and from the Yukon, as well as by two teams from the United States which played in Canadian leagues. The city with the most Allan Cup championships is Thunder Bay with 10, including four won as Port Arthur before the city’s amalgamation.

For more info on the trophy’s history, click here.