Dallas Eakins

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Dallas Eakins
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Eakins coaching the Edmonton Oilers in 2014
Born (1967-02-27) February 27, 1967 (age 47)
Dade City, FL, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Winnipeg Jets
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 208th overall, 1985
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1988–2004

Dallas Franklin Eakins[1] (born Dallas Yoder[2] on February 27, 1967) is a retired American born Canadian ice hockey defenceman.

He was the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also served as the head coach of the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

Early years[edit]

Eakins' mother, Carol Ploof, was a native of Macon, Georgia.[2] His birth father was a Native American, Ted Yoder,[2] whom Eakins believes was "Cherokee".[2] Both parents split up shortly after his birth. Ploof later married Jim Eakins, a Canadian, long-distance truck driver,[2] and Dallas subsequently adopted his stepfather's last name.[2]

In October, 1974, Eakins' family relocated to Peterborough, Ontario.[3]

Playing career[edit]

Eakins played 4 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)[4] for the Peterborough Petes, being named the captain in his final year and also the team's best defenceman that season. Jeff Twohey who was with the Petes for 3 decades called him the best captain the team ever had, saying "He was a great leader. He was a hard worker, loyal, tough, and never afraid to confront people. He knew how to keep players in line."[5]

Eakins was drafted 208th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play 120 career NHL games, scoring no goals and 9 assists for 9 points, thus becoming the second Floridian to play in the NHL, but the first to ever record a point.[6] Eakins is also the first native of Florida to play for the Florida Panthers, having played for the club on two separate stints. However, the majority of Eakins career was played in the American Hockey League (AHL) and the International Hockey League (IHL). In those two leagues, Eakins played 882 games, scoring 43 goals and 179 assists for 222 points, whilst playing for 10 different teams. Eakins also won a Calder Cup and a Turner Cup as a member of the Chicago Wolves.

Eakins once made a bet with Cincinnati radio personality Dennis "Wildman" Walker of WEBN while a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones that he would not score more than 3 goals in one season. Wildman Walker known for his "Big Hair" stated that Eakins could shave his head at centre ice of the Cincinnati Gardens if he eclipsed that mark. Eakins not only scored six goals, but did it in 30 games. The head shaving took place at centre ice, prior to a game in December 1994, against the Long Beach Ice Dogs.

While serving as the captain of the Manitoba Moose in the 2003–04, Eakins switched from his number 6 to number 37, in honour of his friend and former Wolves team-mate, Dan Snyder, who was killed in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia.[7] Snyder was a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Coaching career[edit]

Eakins was named as an assistant coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 20, 2006.[8] Eakins served the same role the year before for the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.[citation needed]

On August 4, 2009, Eakins was named the head coach of the Toronto Marlies.[9][10]

Eakins was named as one of two head coaches representing the Western Conference for the AHL All-Star Games for both the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons.

On June 10, 2013, Eakins was named the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers.[11] He was fired from his position on December 15, 2014.[12]

NHL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win % Result
Edmonton Oilers 2013-14 82 29 44 9 67 7th in Pacific - - - Missed playoffs
Edmonton Oilers 2014-15 30 7 18 5 19 7th in Pacific - - - Fired
Total 112 36 62 14

Personal life[edit]

Eakins is married to actress Ingrid Kavelaars. Eakins and Kavelaars have two daughters, Emerson (born in 2008) and Cameron (born in 2011).[13]

Eakins' career is profiled in the book, Journeymen: 24 Bittersweet Tales of Short Major League Sports Careers. by Kurt Dusterberg.

Eakins also rents out vacation properties in Scottsdale, Arizona.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Player Search - Player - Dallas Eakins". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Monday, February 4, 2013 12:29 PM EST Facebook Twitter RSS (2012-05-12). "Toronto Marlies: a team with a dream | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  3. ^ Monday, February 4, 2013 12:29 PM EST Facebook Twitter RSS (2012-05-11). "Toronto Marlies: Dallas Eakins, part one | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  4. ^ OHL Alumni Classics: OHL Grads Coaching In The AHL
  5. ^ The Peterborough Examiner COLUMN: Dallas Eakins deserving of NHL job
  6. ^ "NHL Players Born in Florida, United States". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  7. ^ Dallas Eakins To Coach The Toronto Marlies
  8. ^ "LIFE Photos | Classic Pictures From LIFE Magazine's Archives". LIFE.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  9. ^ "Dallas Eakins Named Head Coach Of Toronto Marlies - The Official Site of the Toronto Marlies". Torontomarlies.com. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  10. ^ Toronto tabs Eakins as Marlies head coach
  11. ^ "Oilers name Dallas Eakins new head coach". oilers.nhl.com. 2013-06-10. 
  12. ^ "Oilers fire head coach Eakins". TSN.ca. December 15, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ingrid Kavelaars Biography". Retrieved 2011-02-08. 

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Preceded by
Ralph Krueger
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
2013-14
Succeeded by
Todd Nelson
Interim