June 10, 1956 |
Denver, CO, USA
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
|Played for||Minnesota North Stars
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||133rd overall, 1976
St. Louis Blues
Michael Gordon Eaves (born June 10, 1956 in Denver, Colorado and raised in Windsor, Ontario) is a Canadian former NHL player and the current head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers Men's Ice Hockey team. Eaves appeared in 324 NHL regular season games between 1978 and 1985, and has coached since 1985. His father, Cecil Eaves, is a former Denver University ice hockey and football player who became a professor and hockey coach at Ohio State and the University of Windsor. Eaves is also the father of current Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves and current SM-Liiga Jokerit forward Ben Eaves and brother of former NHL player Murray Eaves.
Playing career 
From 1974 to 1978 he played for the University of Wisconsin–Madison hockey team, where he was a two-time All-American and a member of Coach Bob Johnson's 1977 NCAA championship team. Eaves remains the Badgers' all-time leading career scorer with 267 points (94 goals, 173 assists) in 160 games. He was also a member of the United States national team at the 1976 and 1978 Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments.
He was selected 113th overall in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft by St. Louis, who traded his rights to the Cleveland Barons for Len Frig in 1977. Eaves ended up on the Minnesota North Stars roster after the Barons and North Stars were merged in 1978.
NHL years 
Eaves turned professional following the 1977–78 season, initially joining the CHL Oklahoma City Stars, and also played 3 games with the North Stars during the year. The following year he moved up to be an NHL regular for 56 games. He then played three more consecutive seasons with Minnesota (he was also a member of Team USA at the 1981 Canada Cup tournament), before being dealt to the Calgary Flames with Keith Hanson for Steve Christoff. Chronically injury prone, Eaves played for the Flames from 1983 to 1985, deciding to end his career at the age of 28 after sustaining a head injury at the hands of Quebec Nordiques defenseman Pat Price. Eaves was appointed to an assistant coach position with the Flames, joining Bob Johnson, his former head coach at the University of Wisconsin, behind the bench.
However, in the midst of the 1986 Stanley Cup playoffs Flames forward Carey Wilson sustained an injury, forcing him out of the lineup. Eaves was persuaded to end his retirement in order to shore up the Flames' player roster. With his family's permission he rejoined the Flames, playing 8 of their final 11 games in the playoffs. After the Flames lost in the Stanley Cup finals he ended his playing career permanently.
Coaching career 
Eaves took a head coaching position at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire in 1986, a position he held for one season. The following season he was an assistant coach with St. Cloud State University. He joined the Philadelphia Flyers as an assistant coach in 1988, and was named head coach of the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate Hershey Bears in 1990. He held the position for three years until the 1993–94 season, when he rejoined the Flyers as an assistant coach.
He took the head coach position at HIFK in the Finnish SM-liiga in 1996 and coached there for the following season. He quit and joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as an assistant coach from 1997 to 2000. The following year he was named head coach of the United States National Junior Team. In the 2002–2003 season Eaves joined his old college team, the Wisconsin Badgers, as their head coach. His first season at UW was full of hardship and controversy, including one of the worst records in the modern era. He had a physical confrontation with Alex Leavitt in November 2002 that led to the University reprimanding Eaves, and Leavitt suing Eaves and the University. The suit was settled by paying Leavitt the value of his lost scholarship, $55,000. However, in 2003-2004, Eaves brought the Badgers just short of the Frozen Four, falling in overtime to Maine. Eaves has improved the Badger's skill level, conditioning, and teamwork. He was the head coach of the 2004 United States National Junior Team which won the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship. After the Badgers had a disappointing finish to the 2004–2005 season, the Badgers returned to national prominence by winning the 2006 NCAA championship by winning the Frozen Four held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eaves' 2010 squad returned to the Frozen Four, Wisconsin's 11th Frozen Four appearance, losing in a bid for the Badgers' seventh NCAA title.
Career statistics 
Regular season 
|1974–75||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||38||17||37||54||12|
|1975–76||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||34||18||25||43||22|
|1976–77||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||45||28||53||81||18|
|1977–78||University of Wisconsin–Madison||WCHA||43||31||58||89||16|
|1978–79||Oklahoma City Stars||CHL||68||26||61||87||21|
|1978–79||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||3||0||0||0||0|
|1979–80||Oklahoma City Stars||CHL||12||9||8||17||2|
|1979–80||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||56||18||28||46||11|
|1980–81||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||48||10||24||34||18|
|1981–82||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||25||11||10||21||0|
|1982–83||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||75||16||16||32||21|
|1979–80||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||15||5||2||7||4|
|1982–83||Minnesota North Stars||NHL||9||0||0||0||0|
Awards and achievements 
- WCHA Second All-Star Team (1977)
- NCAA West First All-American Team (1977, 1978)
- WCHA First All-Star Team (1978)
- WCHA Most Valuable Player (1978)
- Central Hockey League Second All-Star Team (1979)
- Ken McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of the Year - CHL) (1979
- Mike Eaves's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Mike Eaves's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Eaves' profile at Hockeydraftcentral.com
|Head Coach of HIFK