Mark Eaton (ice hockey)
May 6, 1977 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
|Played for||Philadelphia Flyers
New York Islanders
|National team||United States|
Mark Andrew Eaton (born May 6, 1977) is an American former professional ice hockey defenseman who played 13 seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New York Islanders. 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.
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. 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.
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.
On January 22, 2013, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the AHL announced Eaton had signed with the team on a Professional Try Out. 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.
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||29||3||3||6||21||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||New York Islanders||NHL||34||0||3||3||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New York Islanders||NHL||62||1||3||4||10||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior int'l totals||16||1||4||5||4|
Awards and honors
|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 defenseman.
- 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)
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|Awards and achievements|
|CCHA Rookie of the Year