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Back From The Brink: From Outside Hockey To A College Career For Northern Colorado Eagle

By Brendan Price / Northern Colorado Eagles, 05/25/22, 4:15PM EDT


Forward Erik Brink will head across the Rocky Mountains and has committed to Weber State University in Utah for the 2022-23 season.

“I felt it was time for me to take the next step in my life and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to go to Weber State to play hockey and earn my degree,” gushed Brink.

His commitment marks a precipitous climb over the past two years - he hadn’t played hockey in nearly 18 months before arriving at Eagles’ main camp in August as an invitee. 

“I quit hockey for a year and a half and this organization showed me why I loved the game so much in the first place,” he said.

The Greeley, Colo., product not only made the team, but he played big minutes and developed his scoring touch as the season progressed. Brink was in and out of the lineup for the first month of the season, but quickly rounded into form. His six-game point streak in December was punctuated by four points (1-3-4) at the Chicago Showcase, cementing the rapid rise of the physical forward. 

“Erik grew this season with us and we saw him tap into his potential,” remarked Head Coach/General Manager Steve Haddon.

The forward finished with 18 points (8-10-18) in 35 games, good for second amongst Eagles’ rookies. However, it was Brink’s first career goal versus arch-rival Pueblo that embodies the player that Haddon believes will find success at the next level.

“[Erik] is at his best when he is playing that power forward game. Being physical and not over thinking decisions with the puck, letting his natural instinct kick in; it will allow him to play his best hockey,” he continued. 

For his part, Brink can’t wait to join a Weber State (ACHA Division II) squad that has already inked four other Mountain Division commitments. Still, he made an emphatic point of thanking everyone that had helped him get to this point in his career.

“I would like to thank my parents for always supporting me and dedicating so much time to help me achieve my goal of playing hockey in college. My coaches and teammates over the years have been a second family to me and I am so grateful for the roles they have all played in helping me get to where I am today,” Brink concluded.

Entering their 10th season of existence, the Eagles have graduated over 100 players to college commitments in the United States (NCAA) and Canada (U-Sports), as well as professional contracts abroad. Eagles’ alumni dot the hockey landscape; playing in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL), Poland and Sweden.

If you are a player that is interested in joining the Eagles organization for the upcoming 2022-2023 season, please email Coach Haddon at