Ben Eager

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Ben Eager
BenEager2012.jpg
Ben Eager in 2012 with the Edmonton Oilers
Born (1984-01-22) January 22, 1984 (age 30)
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 235 lb (107 kg; 16 st 11 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
AHL team
Former teams
Chicago Wolves
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Atlanta Thrashers
San Jose Sharks
Edmonton Oilers
CSKA Moscow
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2002
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2004–present

Benjamin Eager (born January 22, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League (AHL)

Playing career[edit]

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 was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 2007 for Jim Vandermeer.

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.

Eager during his tenure with the Chicago Blackhawks.

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.[1] 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.[2] Midway through the season, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

He signed a three-year $3.3 million contract as an Unrestricted Free Agent with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, 2011.[4]

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.[5]

On March 13, 2013, Eager was placed on waivers by the Oilers, for assignment to their affiliates, the Oklahoma City Barons. [6]

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.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Ottawa Senators Jr.A. CJHL 50 8 11 19 119
2000–01 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 4 6 10 120
2001–02 Oshawa Generals OHL 63 14 23 37 255 5 0 1 1 13
2002–03 Oshawa Generals OHL 58 16 24 40 216 8 0 4 4 8
2003–04 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 25 27 52 204 7 2 3 5 31
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 8
2004–05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 66 7 10 17 232 16 1 1 2 71
2005–06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 49 6 12 18 256
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 3 5 8 18 2 0 0 0 26
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 0 0 0 21
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 6 5 11 233
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 0 0 0 62
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 2 2 27
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 11 4 15 161 17 1 1 2 61
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 7 9 16 120 18 1 2 3 20
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 34 3 7 10 77
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 34 4 3 7 43 10 1 0 1 41
2011–12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 8 5 13 107
2012–13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 1 1 2 25
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
2013–14 Edmonton Oilers NHL 7 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 407 43 42 85 875 47 3 3 6 148

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Blackhawks send Byfuglien to Thrashers". NHL.com. Retrieved 2010-06-27. 
  2. ^ "Thrashers' Eager Suspended Four Games for Sucker Punch". TSN. Retrieved 2011-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Sharks Acquire Eager from Thrashers for Pick". TSN. Retrieved 2011-01-18. 
  4. ^ "TSN Free Agent Tracker". The Sports Network. Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Eager Assault". 
  6. ^ "Oilers Assign Ben Eager to Oklahoma City". Retrieved 16 Mar 2013. 
  7. ^ "Ben Eager and Chad Billins join CSKA". HC CSKA Moscow. 2014-07-11. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 

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Preceded by
Jakub Koreis
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Blake Wheeler