Mark Eaton (ice hockey)

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Mark Eaton
Mark Eaton 2013-03-17.JPG
Eaton with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2013.
Born (1977-05-06) May 6, 1977 (age 37)
Wilmington, DE, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)
Position Defense
Shot Left
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–2013

Mark Andrew Eaton (born May 6, 1977) is an American professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently an unrestricted free agent. He is the only NHL player to ever come from Delaware. He attended John Dickinson High School in the Wilmington suburbs but played his youth hockey across the state line in Pennsylvania.

Playing career[edit]

Eaton with the Islanders in 2010.

Eaton started his post-secondary competition with the Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL). He was named second team all-USHL, was the league's third-leading scoring defenseman and was honored with the Curt Hammer Award as the USHL's most gentlemanly player.[1] Eaton then moved on to the University of Notre Dame of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). In his only season at UND, Eaton was named the CCHA Rookie of the Year after scoring 12 goals with 17 assists for 29 points.[2]

Eaton signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on August 4, 1998. Eaton made his NHL debut on October 2, 1999, against the Ottawa Senators, becoming the first Philadelphia-area native to play for the Flyers. He scored his first NHL goal on April 8, 2000, when he scored the game-winner against Rob Tallas of the Boston Bruins. He played his first playoff game in the NHL for the Flyers on April 13 against the Buffalo Sabres.

Eaton was traded from the Flyers to the Nashville Predators on September 29, 2000, for a third round pick. While playing for the Predators in 2003–04, he set the franchise record for plus/minus at +16. He scored a career-high three assists in a 5–3 loss to the Colorado Avalanche on October 25, 2003.

The Pittsburgh Penguins signed Eaton on July 3, 2006, as a free agent. He saw limited time in his first two seasons, suffering with injuries, playing only 71 games between in 2006–07 and 2007–08. He scored his first goal with the Penguins on December 3, 2008.

He won the Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009, scoring 4 goals in the playoffs.

Eaton in his first stint with the Penguins in 2009.

He signed with the New York Islanders as a free agent to a two-year contract on July 2, 2010.[3]

On January 22, 2013, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL announced Eaton had signed with the team on a Professional Try Out.[4] He was released in February, and started skating with his former NHL team, the Pittsburgh Penguins. On February 25, the Penguins signed Eaton to a 1-year deal worth $725,000.[5]

In 2014, he is now a coach with Pittsburgh Penguins

International play[edit]

Eaton played for the United States at the 2001 Men's World Ice Hockey Championships and recorded one goal (the game-winner vs. Finland) and one assist in nine games. He also played for the United States at the 2002 World Championships in Sweden and registered three assists in a 5–2 win vs. Italy.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 50 4 21 25 12
1996–97 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 50 6 32 38 62
1997–98 Notre Dame Fighting Irish CCHA 41 12 17 29 32
1998–99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 74 9 27 36 38 16 4 8 12 0
1999–00 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 47 9 17 26 6
1999–00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 1 1 2 8 7 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Nashville Predators NHL 34 3 8 11 14
2000–01 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 34 3 12 15 27
2001–02 Nashville Predators NHL 58 3 5 8 24
2002–03 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 3 1 0 1 2
2002–03 Nashville Predators NHL 50 2 7 9 22
2003–04 Nashville Predators NHL 75 4 9 13 26 6 0 0 0 2
2004–05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 29 3 3 6 21
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 69 3 1 4 44 5 0 0 0 8
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 35 0 3 3 15 5 0 0 0 0
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 0 3 3 4
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 4 5 9 36 24 4 3 7 10
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 3 13 16 26 13 0 3 3 4
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 34 0 3 3 8
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 62 1 3 4 10
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 6 0 1 1 4
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 0 0 0 4 8 0 3 3 0
NHL totals 650 24 61 85 242 68 4 3 13 24

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2001 United States WC 4th 9 1 1 2 0
2002 United States WC 7th 7 0 3 3 4
Senior int'l totals 16 1 4 5 4

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 1997-98
  • Second Team USHL All-Star in 1997.
  • Only the second University of Notre Dame player to be named CCHA Rookie of the Year (as selected by the conference's coaches) in 1997–98.
  • Won the Barry Ashbee Award in 1998–99 which is given to the Philadelphia Phantoms' top defenceman.
  • The first ice hockey player to be named Delaware's athlete of the year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association on January 27, 2000.
  • Named the IHL Defenseman of the Week for the week of December 18–24, 2000.
  • Stanley Cup championship in 2009 (Pittsburgh)

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Daryl Andrews
CCHA Rookie of the Year
1997–98
Succeeded by
Mike Comrie