WINDSOR, Colo. – The Colorado Eagles, proud affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, have announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Matt Garbowsky for the 2017-18 season. The 26 year-old is coming off a season in which he posted new career-highs in goals (36), assists (45) and points (81). He would go on to be named to both the All-ECHL First Team, as well as the First Team of the 2017 ECHL All-Star Team, capturing MVP honors after posting two goals and two assists in the annual ECHL All-Star Classic. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound center helped Colorado secure it’s first-ever Kelly Cup Championship, collecting six goals and nine assists in 20 postseason contests.
“Matt proved last season that he is one of the best young players in this league,” said Eagles president and general manager Chris Stewart. “He is a natural leader and we will be relying on him to again lead by example and bring that same tenacious work ethic and passion to win.”
Garbowsky experienced a highly-acclaimed career at the NCAA level in four seasons at the Rochester Institute of Technology. During his collegiate career, he amassed 114 points in 128 games, was named the AHA Player of the Year, captured an AHA Championship, was named to the AHA All-Star Team and was also a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in NCAA hockey.
“I’m really excited to re-sign in Colorado,” said Garbowsky. “This is such a great organization and a great community. I absolutely love the area, the people and the scenic views in Colorado; I really love everything about it. We had an amazing season last year and that puts a target on our back, but we’re looking to win it again next year.”
In addition to his time with the Eagles, Garbowsky registered seven goals and 14 assists in 33 games with the Elmira Jackals during the 2015-16 season and has also appeared in 24 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL, after making his professional debut with the Americans at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.
Season tickets for the 2017-18 season are on-sale now and can be reserved with a $100 deposit per seat by calling the Eagles ticket office at 970-686-SHOT (7468).
The 2017-18 regular season home schedule kicks off on Friday, October 13th when the Eagles host the Utah Grizzlies. A complete schedule can be found at www.ColoradoEagles.com.