The Eagles are the ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League and the Adirondack Flames of the American Hockey League.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound goaltender spent the previous four seasons at the NCAA level, with the first two seasons spent at the University of Alabama-Huntsville before transferring to the University of North Dakota for the final two seasons of his collegiate career. The Brockville, Ontario native assembled his most productive season during his junior year with UND, registering a 2.30 goals-against average, a .917 save percentage and two shutouts in 26 starts during the 2012-13 season. In 84 total NCAA starts, Saunders posted a cumulative save percentage of .907. In addition, Saunders also competed in both the Washington Capitals developmental camp in 2013 and the developmental camp of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2012.
Prior to making his NCAA debut, Saunders spent five seasons in the CCHL with the Brockville Braves. In his final season with the club in 2009-10, he posted a 2.30 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 39 starts. He would finish his career with the Braves with 81 wins, good for third-most in league history.