ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) The days of the IceHogs in the United Hockey League are long gone, 10 years to the day to be exact, as May 24th, 2007 is a day many Rockford fans will never forget, and for the coaches and players on the ice that night, they can still look back at it like it was yesterday.
The IceHogs defeated the Kalamazoo Wings 3-1 in game seven of the Colonial Cup at the old Metro Center.
Head coach Steve Martinson and captain Nathan Lutz both played major roles in bringing Rockford its first and only championship.
After 15 years in the pros, Lutz retired from the game in 2016.
"I can remember the whole day, because I wanted it so bad and I had pictured that last game in my mind so much and so did the other guys," said Lutz.
Martinson has since gone on to win four more league titles and currently coaches the Allen Americans in the ECHL.
"We won it the right way, we had a good young team and a bunch of guys that were trying to further their careers," said Martinson. "We had a fan base that was solid, and it all worked out great."
For someone like Mike Peck, who was calling the game, says a day like today is a perfect opportunity for those fans to experience a moment they missed.
"It's funny because now that we're 10 years into the American Hockey League, there are now a lot of IceHogs fans that weren't around when that championship happened, but that's such a special moment, it almost turned into a bit of a folklore for the IceHogs," said Peck. "I think as time goes on, people are always going to remember that and the fairy-tale is going to grow which is cool because it wasn't a fabricated moment, it was a real moment."