The Salt Lake Golden Eagles were one of the most successful teams in the old CHL and surely one of the more successful minor league teams in the mountain time zone. They played from 1969-1994 and won five playoff titles during that time; three in the CHL and two in the IHL. The Golden Eagles competed in the WHL from 1969-74, spent a decade in the CHL, and then moved to the IHL for another decade after the CHL folded. Long time NHL coach Claude Julien played for the Golden Eagles as well as NHL GM Darcy Regier.
In 1994, the Golden Eagles were sold to a group from Michigan and were moved to Detroit to become the Detroit Vipers.