Colorado Eagles founder and six-time Stanley Cup winner Ralph Backstrom died on Sunday.
He was 83 and was at his home in Windsor as he battled illness, according to NHL.com.
Backstrom was one of the main figures who championed a change of plans for the Budweiser Events Center from mostly a rodeo venue to instead become the home of the Colorado Eagles.
He founded the Eagles of the Central Hockey League in 2002. In 2003 the team began to play at the brand new Budweiser Events Center in Loveland.
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