1968 - The Salt Lake Golden Eagles are born with owner Dan Meyer, playground the Western Hockey League and coach Ray Kinasewich. Their first player signed is Dale Conrad of Edmonton.
1969 - The Golden Eagles open play in Western Hockey League on Oct. 10, beating San Diego 4-2 for coach Ray Kinasewich. They're basically a team of free agents, although the Buffalo Sabres supply some men. The Eagles' first record is 15-43-14.1970 - The Eagles suffer through a 15-43-14 1969-70 WHL season, but one report shows the team averaging 6,000 a game attendance. On Aug. 18, general manager/coach Ray Kinasewich unexpectedly resigns, citing his family's health. On Sept. 7, Gus Bodnar replaces him.
1971 - The Eagles, under Gus Bodnar, fare little better than in their inaugural season, placing last again in the WHL with an 18-49-5 record. On May 26, Al Rollins is named to succeed Bodnar.
1972 - The 1972-72 Golden Eagles finish fifth in the WHL at 29-33-10. They are still affiliated with Buffalo. Lyle Bradley returns to the Eagles while Guyle Fielder is traded to Portland. On Jan. 25, the Eagles' founder/owner Dan Meyer dies in a fall from a 19th-story hotel window in Bloomington, Minn., where he is attending NHL/WHL meetings. On May 19, Charlie Finley of the California Golden Seals buys the Eagles from the Meyer estate and changes their colors from red, white, blue and gold to California gold and kelly green. Near the end of 1972, the Eagles start putting together a string of 15 straight weeks of leading the WHL.
1973 - The Eagles complete the 1972-73 season with a 32-25-15 record, placing second in the WHL under coach/GM Al Rollins. The National Hockey League ousts Finley and operates both the Golden Seals and Golden Eagles.
1974 - The Eagles' fifth WHL season is their best. They win 41 games, losing 33 and tying four and average 4.43 goals a game. They lose in the semifinals. During the summer, the NHL takes over the Golden Seals and threatens Salt Lake with extinction. The Seals are sold to Mel Swig and moved to Cleveland to become the Barons; an hour before a mid-August press conference called to announce the Eagles' demise, Art Teece and the late O. Thayne Acord rescue professional hockey in Salt Lake City, scraping up the loans to buy the team at the 11th hour from the NHL. On Aug. 23, Jack Evans becomes coach. The WHL folds, and the Eagles join the Central Hockey League, playing their first CHL game on Oct. 14 and beating the Seattle Totems 4-2 before 6,216 in the Salt Palace.
1975 - After a 43-24-11 1974-75 regular season, the Eagles win the Adams Cup in their first CHL season, beating Dallas 4 games to 3 in the series everyone remembers. Jack Evans is named CHL and minor league coach of the year. Over the summer, the Seals change hands again and become the Cleveland Barons, coached by Evans. In Salt Lake, Evans is succeeded on Aug. 20 by Marv Edwards.
1976 - Denis Meloche finishes the 1975-76 season with 80 points to lead Marv Edwards' Eagles, who place third in the CHL with a 37-35-4 record. They are ousted 4 games to 1 in the Adams Cup semifinals by Dallas. Butch Williams is a CHL all-star.
1977 - The 1976-77 season is the only one in which the Eagles have ever missed the CHL playoffs. At 31-39-6, they're fifth in a six-team league. They are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs by the Kansas City Blues, who in October become the Golden Eagles as Teece/Acord begins a working agreement with St. Louis. On Aug. 3, the Blues take over and name Barclay Plager Eagle player/coach.
1978 - On Feb. 16, younger brother Bob Plager is named Eagle player/coach, succeeding Barclay Plager, who becomes Blues' coach. At 42-31-3, Salt Lake finishes four points behind Fort Worth in regular-season standings and loses 4 games to 2 to Dallas in the Adams Cup semifinals. On July 17, Jack Evans is returned to the Eagles as coach.
1979 - The Eagles win the CHL regular-season for coach Jack Evans with the best record in league history, 47-22-7 - 101. Eagles lose 4 games to 1 in Adams Cup finals to Dallas after beating Fort Worth 4-1 in semifinals.
1980 - The 1979-80 team is one of the Eagles' best as they win both the regular season (49-24-7, 18 points ahead of Indianapolis) and playoffs. But the season is saddened on Feb. 28 by the deaths of Eagle half-owner O. Thayne Acord and his wife Lorraine, murdered in their Granger home on the day of a game.
1981 - The Eagles finish second in regular 1980-81 season to Dallas, (56-17-7 to 46-29-5) but win their second straight Adams Cup on May 18 with a 5-2 Salt Palace win over brawling, bawling Wichita. Art Teece is named minor league hockey executive of the year.
1982 - Jack Evans' Eagles win the regular-season Emery Jones Cup (47-30-3) with their highest-scoring (368 goals) team ever. They win 12 straight and complete an 18-game unbeaten string, a CHL record, just prior to hosting the first CHL All-Star Game in the Salt Palace Feb. 2. It is that game that seems to start a two-month Eagle slump that nearly costs them the Jones Cup and does end their hopes of winning a third straight Adams Cup. They lose in six games to Dallas in semifinals.
1983 - The dispirited, body-poor Eagles, who've had 39 men in uniform, finish fourth in regular season (at 41-38-1, they miss second by two points) and lose 4 games to 2 in the semifinals to eventual Adams Cup champion Indianapolis.
1984 - Under new coach J.P. Parise, Eagles finish 35-35-2, behind Colorado and Tulsa and ahead of Indianapolis and Montana. The homeless Oilers defeat them 4-1 in the semifinal Adams Cup series and go on to take the Adams Cup championship 4-0 over Indianapolis. On July 10, the Eagles are admitted to the International Hockey League on a one-year trial.
1985 - Tom Webster's Eagles finish the club's first year in the International League with a 35-39-8 record, third in the West Division. They are knocked out of the first round of playoffs, 4-3, by the Fort Wayne Komets. In September, co-owners Dean and Bill Accord, claiming they don't have enough time to devote to the team, sell their interest to Art Teece, who becomes sole owner of the club.
1986 - Wayne Thomas' first team finishes 44-38-0, fourth in the strong IHL West. Fort Wayne again defeats the Eagles in the first round of the Turner Cup playoffs, 4 games to 1, as leading goalscorer Brent Sapergia sits out with a shoulder injury.
1987 - The year started with the Eagles in last place in the entire IHL and losing five of their first six games in January - but what a finish! From Jan. 5 on, Coach Wayne Thomas' team used great consistency on the road and climbed to second in the West Division and fifth overall during the regular season, then won 12 of 17 playoff games to take the franchise's first-ever Turner Cup championship on May 20 with a 7-3 win at Muskegon in the sixth game of the best-of-seven series. On June 30, the Flames named Paul Baxter, a former Calgary defenseman and assistant coach, as the coach of their new farm team, and he chose Bob Francis as his assistant.
1988 - In the Eagles' first year of affiliation with Calgary, and in his rookie season, Coach Paul Baxter's boys add a second straight Turner Cup to the franchise trophy case, beating Flint 4 games to 2 in the championship series. In June, general manager Marc Amicone resigns to take a position with the University of Utah, and Mike Runge, the Eagles' PA announcer, is named GM.
1989 - The Eagles finshed first in the IHL West with a 56-22-4 record. Went on to the Turner Cup finals for the third straight year and lost in the finals (4-1) to Muskegon. Baxter moved up to Calgary to become an assistant, and the-assistant Bob Francis was named the the Eagle coach. Just a few weeks before the season started, Jazz owner Larry H. Miller announced he was buying the Eagles from Teece.