Ben Eager in 2012 with the Edmonton Oilers
January 22, 1984 |
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
|NHL Draft||23rd overall, 2002
Eager was drafted in the 1st round, 23rd overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was later traded by the Coyotes along with Sean Burke and Branko Radivojević to the Philadelphia Flyers for centre Mike Comrie.
The 2006–07 NHL season would see Eager lead the league in penalty minutes, even though he only played 63 games. That same season, he also won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial as the Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates.
Eager scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal in Game Two of Chicago vs Vancouver on May 2, 2009 in Vancouver. This led to the Blackhawk's first victory against the Canucks and evened the series 1-1. Eager scored his second Stanley Cup playoff goal on May 31, 2010 in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals against Philadelphia. His goal ended up being the game winner, as the Hawks won 2-1. On June 9, 2010, he and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Flyers 4-3 in overtime in Game Six.
On June 23, 2010, Eager was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, and Akim Aliu, for the 24th overall pick, the 54th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb and Jeremy Morin. During the 2010–11 season Eager delivered a "sucker punch" to the Maple Leafs' forward Colby Armstrong. Eager received a five minute major, a match penalty for intent to injure, and was ejected from the game. The NHL further suspended him for four games due to the incident. Midway through the season, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
On October 20, 2012, Eager was charged with assault, assault with bodily harm and assault with a weapon after allegedly beating up the doorman at a pub in the prestigious Rosedale neighbourhood of Toronto.
Eager left the Oilers organization as a free agent and on July 11, 2014, signed abroad on a one-year contract with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.
|1999–00||Ottawa Senators Jr.A.||CJHL||50||8||11||19||119||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||San Jose Sharks||NHL||34||4||3||7||43||10||1||0||1||41|
|2012–13||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||9||0||2||2||13||13||1||4||5||64|
|2013–14||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||44||6||2||8||136||2||0||0||0||4|
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- "Thrashers' Eager Suspended Four Games for Sucker Punch". TSN. Retrieved 2011-01-08.
- "Sharks Acquire Eager from Thrashers for Pick". TSN. Retrieved 2011-01-18.
- "TSN Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
- "Eager Assault".
- "Oilers Assign Ben Eager to Oklahoma City". Retrieved 16 Mar 2013.
- "Ben Eager and Chad Billins join CSKA". HC CSKA Moscow. 2014-07-11. Retrieved 2014-07-11.
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|Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick