Patrick Campbell Eaves (born May 1, 1984) is a Canadian-born American professional ice hockey forward currently playing under contract to the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, and Dallas Stars.
Eaves with the Stars in October 2014
May 1, 1984|
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)|
Detroit Red Wings
29th overall, 2003|
Born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Faribault, Minnesota, Eaves holds Canadian and American citizenship and has represented the United States in international ice hockey tournaments. He is the son of retired ice hockey player Mike Eaves, and brother of retired ice hockey player Ben Eaves.
Eaves attended Shattuck-St Mary's School which is an Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. He played his collegiate hockey at Boston College. After a very good freshman year the Senators drafted him 29th overall in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played two more years with the Eagles, where he won several awards, including Hockey East Player of the Year, earned All-America and All-Conference first-team honors, and was a Hobey Baker Finalist. Also during that time he represented his country at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, tallied one goal and five assists in six games. In 2005, he decided to leave Boston College to sign with the Ottawa Senators.
Eaves started the 2005–06 season with the Binghamton Senators in the AHL, and after a good start he was called up to Ottawa, hitting the 20 goal plateau in the NHL. The playoffs, however were a disappointment as they lost to the Buffalo Sabres in the second round.
In the 2006–07 season, Eaves recorded career highs in points (32) and assists (18) which included 10 points (6–4) in 13 games in January. In game three of the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs on Sunday, April 15, 2007, Eaves took a violent shoulder check to the head after coming around the Penguins' net from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Colby Armstrong, causing him to be carried off the ice on a stretcher. He did not return to play the rest of the series. In the Eastern Conference finals against the Buffalo Sabres, Eaves returned to the lineup in the series-deciding game five.
In the 2007–08 season, Eaves spent much of the season injured. On February 11, 2008, the Senators traded Eaves along with Joe Corvo to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore. On June 4, 2008, he signed a three-year contract with the Hurricanes worth $4.2 million.
In the 2008–09 season, Eaves saw his production drop, recording only 6 goals and 8 assists in 74 games, battling shoulder injuries much of the season.
Detroit Red WingsEdit
On July 24, 2009, Eaves was traded by the Hurricanes to the Boston Bruins along with a 2010 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward. The Bruins then placed Eaves on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. On August 4, 2009, Eaves signed a one-year contract, valued at $500,000, with the Detroit Red Wings. Eaves scored his first goal with the Red Wings in a 6–5 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on October 29, 2009. In early January, 2010, he scored his 50th career goal against the San Jose Sharks.
On July 7, 2010, Eaves signed a one-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings.
Eaves played just 10 games in the 2011–12 season before suffering a broken jaw and a concussion in a game against the Nashville Predators on November 26, 2011. Predators defenceman Roman Josi's shot hit him in the side of the face; Eaves missed the rest of the season due to the concussion.
On October 29, 2012, Eaves stated he was "not close" to returning and was still suffering headaches and post-concussion symptoms from the previous year's injury. On January 18, 2013, the Red Wings announced that Eaves was cleared to return to play.
On March 5, 2014, Eaves was traded to the Nashville Predators, along with Calle Järnkrok, as part of a deal that brought David Legwand to Detroit. Eaves played 5 scoreless games with the Predators to close the 2013–14 season.
Eaves brief tenure with the Predators came to an end on July 1, 2014, when he signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars. On July 1, 2015, the Dallas Stars re-signed Eaves to a one-year contract.
In the midst of the 2016–17 season, his third and final year of contract with the Stars, Eaves had already established career highs with 21 goals and 37 points, playing on the top offensive line, alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.
With the Stars languishing in the standings, on February 24, 2017, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2017, which eventually became a first round pick. Upon arrival in Anaheim, Eaves picked up right where he left off with the Stars. He recorded 11 goals and 3 assists to put him well above his previous career best numbers. Eaves played in 7 playoff games with the Ducks before suffering a lower body injury that kept him out for the remainder of the playoffs.
On June 23, 2017, Eaves opted to give up his impending free agent status to sign a three-year, $9.45 million contract to remain with the Ducks. On February 19, 2019, the Ducks placed Eaves on waivers.
Eaves was born in Calgary, spent some years in Blackwood, New Jersey, and grew up in Faribault, Minnesota. He is the son of former Calgary Flames and Minnesota North Stars standout Mike Eaves, formerly the head coach of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's men's hockey team and current head hockey coach at St. Olaf College, who coached Patrick at the 2004 World Juniors.
Eaves met his wife Katie in Chicago in 2007 while driving home to Minnesota after his Ottawa Senators lost the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals. They married in 2009 and have two daughters born in 2010 and 2012 a son born in 2013. The family also has a Newfoundland named Reuben, an occasional visitor to Joe Louis Arena during Eaves' time with Detroit.
On October 23, 2017, after experiencing trouble breathing and weakness in his legs, Eaves was initially diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome, an autoimmune nervous disorder. However, when he visited a Guillain–Barré specialist, it was determined he did not have GB, but something else entirely. Eaves went to numerous doctors and physical therapists and eventually regained strength in his limbs and lungs. The eventual diagnosis was post-viral syndrome.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2009–10||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||65||12||10||22||26||8||0||0||0||2|
|2010–11||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||63||13||7||20||14||11||3||1||4||6|
|2011–12||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||10||0||1||1||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||34||2||6||8||4||13||1||2||3||4|
|2013–14||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||25||2||3||5||2||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||8||4||2||6||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||San Diego Gulls||AHL||7||0||2||2||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
|World Junior Championships|
Awards and honorsEdit
|All-Hockey East Second Team||2003–04|
|AHCA East Second-Team All-American||2003–04|
|All-Hockey East First Team||2004–05|
|Hockey East Itech "Three Stars" Award||2004–05|
|Hockey East Player of the Year||2004–05|
|AHCA East First-Team All-American||2004–05|
|NHL YoungStars Game||2006–07|
- "Patrick Eaves nhl bio". National Hockey League. August 4, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
- Allen, Kevin (February 11, 2008). "Sens get Commodore, Stillman from 'Canes for Corvo, Eaves". USA Today. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
- "Aaron Ward returns to Hurricanes". National Hockey League. July 24, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
- "Red Wings pick up Eaves". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. August 4, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2009.
- "Wings sign Eaves to one-year deal". National Hockey League. July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 7, 2010.
- "Red Wings re-sign Ericsson, Miller, Eaves". "NHL". July 11, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
- "Patrick Eaves". "Capgeek.com". July 1, 2011. Retrieved July 26, 2011.
- "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves taking baby steps of his own". Detroit Free Press. April 28, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2012.
- "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves still dealing with headaches, not close to where he was". MLive. October 29, 2012. Retrieved December 12, 2012.
- Khan, Ansar (January 18, 2013). "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves cleared to play after missing more than a year with concussion". MLive.com. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
- "Red Wings acquire forward David Legwand from Nashville". National Hockey League. March 5, 2014.
- "Dallas Stars sign RW Patrick Eaves". Dallas Stars. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
- "Stars re-sign forward Eaves to one-year contract". National Hockey League. July 1, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- "Stars acquire conditional second-round pick from Ducks for Eaves". Dallas Stars. February 24, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017.
- "Ducks, Eaves agree to three-year contract". Anaheim Ducks. June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
- Dillman, Lisa; Stephens, Eric (June 27, 2018). "Patrick Eaves on his 'life-changing' illness and the road to recovery". The Athletic. Retrieved June 30, 2018.(Subscription required.)
- "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves raises awareness for Humane Society, happy to see his dog bond with newborn girl". mlive.com. September 7, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- "Michigan March for Animals". michiganhumane.com. March 1, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- "Ducks Winger Patrick Eaves Diagnosed With Rare Nervous System Disorder". Sports Illustrated. October 23, 2017. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Hockey East Player of the Year
| Hockey East Three-Stars Award
(Shared With Ryan Shannon)
| Ottawa Senators first round draft pick