LOVELAND, CO – The winds of change continue to blow on the Colorado Front Range.
From Chris Stewart moving into the GM’s office full-time, a new coach and new affiliation, there has been much to talk about this offseason.
Add to that, the search for a new Captain.
In an article with Loveland Reporter-Herald, Trent Daavettila has announced he is retiring.
“It was a very tough decision. I spent many days on end kind of going back and forth,” Daavettila told reporter Cris Tiller. “I had a long, good career and enjoyed playing, and I would have liked to notch a championship, but hey, I feel like I had a good career and proved to myself a lot of things I was trying to accomplish.
“I’m at peace with the decision.”
Daavettila ended his career on a high note, finishing last season with 80 points (25G, 55A) which was good for second in ECHL scoring. He also earned player of the month honors for the month of December last season. He finishes his career with the Eagles playing in 285 regular season and playoff games, collecting 309 points (94G, 215A). The last two seasons, he served as the role of Captain, filling in the shoes of retired forward Riley Nelson.
“Obviously it’s an exponential loss for our hockey club,” said Eagles coach and former teammate Aaron Schneekloth. “Trent’s been such a high-profile player for our team and in this league for such a long time. His talent and leadership are definitely going to be missed. But he made a decision based on what’s best for his family, and you have to respect that.”
In a recent episode of Into The Sin Bin, Mike Campos recently spoke with Daavetilla’s former teammate, Sam Ftorek, here is what he said about the former Eagles’ Captain:
The Eagles, and those who got to see Daavettila play will certainly miss his ability to visualize a play and make something out of nothing.