WINDSOR, CO. – The Colorado Eagles, proud affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche, have announced that the team has re-signed goaltender Lukas Hafner. The 6-foot, 200-pound netminder went 4-1-0 with Colorado during 2016-17 regular season season, posting a 2.62 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage. The 25 year-old would go on to win an ECHL-best 14 games in the postseason, going 14-2 with a 2.43 GAA and helping lead the Eagles to a Kelly Cup Championship.
“Lukas came in last season and his confidence in net really reached a new level,” said Eagles head coach Aaron Schneekloth. “He was such an integral piece of our championship run and we’re excited to see him take that success and build upon it even further this season.”
Hafner was signed by Colorado last February after beginning the 2016-17 season with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL, where he assembled a record of 4-2-0-0 to compliment a 2.01 GAA and a .935 save percentage. The Toledo, Ohio native would also start five contests for the Alaska Aces, going 3-0-2 while notching a 2.13 GAA.
“I really couldn’t be more excited to re-sign in Colorado,” said Hafner. “I think the most exciting part of coming in last season was to be a part of the winning culture that is the Colorado Eagles. It starts with (Eagles general manager) Chris Stewart and goes on through the coaches and the players. Last year’s team was the closest group that I’ve ever been a part of and I absolutely love the atmosphere that is created in the building by the fans. There is nowhere else that I would want to play.”
Hafner spent four seasons at Western Michigan University, highlighted by a junior season in which he played 21 games for the Broncos, finishing the season with a 2.06 GAA and a .925 save percentage, including a pair of shutouts.
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.
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).