Patrick Eaves

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Patrick Eaves
Patrick Eaves - Dallas Stars.jpg
Eaves in October 2014.
Born (1984-05-01) May 1, 1984 (age 34)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Anaheim Ducks
Ottawa Senators
Carolina Hurricanes
Detroit Red Wings
Nashville Predators
Dallas Stars
NHL Draft 29th overall, 2003
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2005–present

Patrick Campbell Eaves (born May 1, 1984) is a Canadian-American professional ice hockey forward, who is currently playing for the Anaheim Ducks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Born in Calgary, Alberta, and raised in Faribault, Minnesota, Eaves holds Canadian and American citizenship[1] and has represented the United States in international ice hockey tournaments. He is the son of retired ice hockey player Mike Eaves, and brother of retired ice hockey player Ben Eaves.

Playing career[edit]


Eaves attended Shattuck-St Mary's School which is an Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school in Faribault, Minnesota. He played his collegiate hockey at Boston College. After a very good freshman year the Senators drafted him 29th overall in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He played two more years with the Eagles, where he won several awards, including Hockey East Player of the Year, earned All-America and All-Conference first-team honors, and was a Hobey Baker Finalist. Also during that time he represented his country at the 2004 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, tallied one goal and five assists in six games. In 2005, he decided to leave Boston College to sign with the Ottawa Senators.


Ottawa Senators[edit]

Eaves started the 2005–06 season with the Binghamton Senators in the AHL, and after a good start he was called up to Ottawa, hitting the 20 goal plateau in the NHL. The playoffs, however were a disappointment as they lost to the Buffalo Sabres in the second round.

In the 2006–07 season, Eaves recorded career highs in points (32) and assists (18) which included 10 points (6–4) in 13 games in January. In game three of the first round of the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs on Sunday, April 15, 2007, Eaves took a violent shoulder check to the head after coming around the Penguins' net from Pittsburgh Penguins forward Colby Armstrong, causing him to be carried off the ice on a stretcher. He did not return to play the rest of the series. In the Eastern Conference finals against the Buffalo Sabres, Eaves returned to the lineup in the series-deciding game five.

Carolina Hurricanes[edit]

In the 2007–08 season, Eaves spent much of the season injured. On February 11, 2008, the Senators traded Eaves along with Joe Corvo to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Cory Stillman and Mike Commodore.[2] On June 4, 2008, he signed a three-year contract with the Hurricanes worth $4.2 million.

In the 2008–09 season, Eaves saw his production drop, recording only 6 goals and 8 assists in 74 games, battling shoulder injuries much of the season.

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

Eaves on his way to his first career hat-trick in a game vs. the Dallas Stars in December 2010.

On July 24, 2009, Eaves was traded by the Hurricanes to the Boston Bruins along with a 2010 fourth-round draft pick in exchange for defenseman Aaron Ward. The Bruins then placed Eaves on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract.[3] On August 4, 2009, Eaves signed a one-year contract, valued at $500,000, with the Detroit Red Wings.[4] Eaves scored his first goal with the Red Wings in a 6-5 shootout loss to the Edmonton Oilers on October 29, 2009. In early January, 2010, he scored his 50th career goal against the San Jose Sharks.

On July 7, 2010, Eaves signed a one-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings.[5]

On July 1, 2011, Eaves signed a three-year extension with the Detroit Red Wings.[6] The deal was worth $3.6 million, and had a cap hit of $1.2 million per year.[7]

Eaves played just 10 games in the 2011–12 season before suffering a broken jaw and a concussion in a game against the Nashville Predators on November 26, 2011. Predators defenceman Roman Josi's shot hit him in the side of the face; Eaves missed the rest of the season due to the concussion.[8]

On October 29, 2012, Eaves stated he was "not close" to returning and was still suffering headaches and post-concussion symptoms from the previous year's injury.[9] On January 18, 2013, the official Detroit Red Wings Facebook page announced that Eaves was cleared to return to play.[10]

Nashville Predators[edit]

On March 5, 2014, Eaves was traded to the Nashville Predators, along with Calle Järnkrok, as part of a deal that brought David Legwand to Detroit.[11] Eaves played 5 scoreless games with the Predators to close the 2013–14 season.

Eaves with the Dallas Stars signs autographs at Galleria Dallas in 2014.

Dallas Stars[edit]

Eaves brief tenure with the Predators came to an end on July 1, 2014, when he signed as a free agent to a one-year deal with the Dallas Stars.[12] On July 1, 2015, the Dallas Stars re-signed Eaves to a one-year contract.[13]

In the midst of the 2016–17 season, his third and final year of contract with the Stars, Eaves had already established career highs with 21 goals and 37 points, playing on the top offensive line, alongside Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.

Anaheim Ducks[edit]

With the Stars languishing in the standings, on February 24, 2017, he was traded to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional 2nd-round draft pick in 2017.[14] Upon arrival in Anaheim, Eaves picked up right where he left off with the Stars. He recorded 11 goals and 3 assists to put him well above his previous career best numbers. Eaves played in 7 playoff games with the Ducks before suffering a lower body injury that kept him out for the remainder of the playoffs.

On June 23, 2017, Eaves opted to give up his impending free agent status to sign a three-year, $9.45 million contract to remain with the Ducks.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Eaves was born in Calgary, spent some years in Blackwood, New Jersey, and grew up in Faribault, Minnesota. He is the son of former Calgary Flames and Minnesota North Stars standout Mike Eaves, formerly the head coach of the University of Wisconsin–Madison's men's hockey team and current head hockey coach at St. Olaf College, who coached Patrick at the 2004 World Juniors.

Patrick met his wife Katie in Chicago in 2007 while driving home to Minnesota after his Ottawa Senators lost the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.[16] Patrick and Katie married in 2009 and welcomed a daughter, Norah, in July 2010, and welcomed another daughter, Della, in March 2012.[17][18] They welcomed a son, Axel, in June 2013. The family also has a Newfoundland named Reuben, an occasional visitor to Joe Louis Arena during Eaves' time with Detroit.[19]

On October 23, 2017, after experiencing trouble breathing and weakness in his legs, Eaves was initially diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome, an autoimmune nervous disorder.[20] However, when he visited a Guillain–Barré specialist, it was determined he did not have GB, but something else entirely.[16] Eaves went to numerous doctors and physical therapists and eventually regained strength in his limbs and lungs.[16] The eventual diagnosis was post-viral syndrome.[16] He is expected to start the 2018-19 NHL season.[16]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Boston College HE 14 10 8 18 61
2003–04 Boston College HE 34 18 23 41 66
2004–05 Boston College HE 36 19 29 48 36
2005–06 Binghamton Senators AHL 18 5 8 13 10
2005–06 Ottawa Senators NHL 58 20 9 29 22 10 1 0 1 10
2006–07 Ottawa Senators NHL 73 14 18 32 36 7 0 2 2 2
2007–08 Ottawa Senators NHL 26 4 6 10 6
2007–08 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 11 1 4 5 4
2008–09 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 74 6 8 14 31 18 1 2 3 13
2009–10 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 12 10 22 26 8 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Detroit Red Wings NHL 63 13 7 20 14 11 3 1 4 6
2011–12 Detroit Red Wings NHL 10 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 34 2 6 8 4 13 1 2 3 4
2013–14 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 2 3 5 2
2013–14 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 8 4 2 6 8
2013–14 Nashville Predators NHL 5 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Dallas Stars NHL 47 14 13 27 8
2015–16 Dallas Stars NHL 54 11 6 17 27 9 3 3 6 2
2016–17 Dallas Stars NHL 59 21 16 37 16
2016–17 Anaheim Ducks NHL 20 11 3 14 8 7 2 2 4 6
2017–18 Anaheim Ducks NHL 2 1 0 1 0
NHL totals 626 132 110 242 206 83 11 12 23 45


Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2004 Helsinki
Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 6 1 5 6 8
Junior totals 6 1 5 6 8

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-Hockey East Second Team 2003–04
AHCA East Second-Team All-American 2003–04
All-Hockey East First Team 2004–05
Hockey East Itech "Three Stars" Award 2004–05
Hockey East Player of the Year 2004–05
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2004–05
NHL YoungStars Game 2006–07


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  2. ^ Allen, Kevin (2008-02-11). "Sens get Commodore, Stillman from 'Canes for Corvo, Eaves". USA Today. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  3. ^ "Aaron Ward returns to Hurricanes". NHL. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  4. ^ "Red Wings pick up Eaves". CBC. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2009-08-04. 
  5. ^ "Wings sign Eaves to one-year deal". NHL. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  6. ^ "Red Wings re-sign Ericsson, Miller, Eaves". "NHL". 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  7. ^ "Patrick Eaves". "". 2011-07-01. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  8. ^ "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves taking baby steps of his own". Detroit Free Press. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  9. ^ "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves still dealing with headaches, not close to where he was". MLive. 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-12-22. 
  10. ^ "Patrick Eaves cleared to play". facebook. 2013-01-18. 
  11. ^ "Red Wings acquire forward David Legwand from Nashville". National Hockey League. 2014-03-05. 
  12. ^ "Dallas Stars sign RW Patrick Eaves". Dallas Stars. 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2014-07-01. 
  13. ^ "Stars re-sign forward Eaves to one-year contract". NHL. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-07-01. 
  14. ^ "Stars acquire conditional second-round pick from Ducks for Eaves". Dallas Stars. 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2017-02-24. 
  15. ^ "Ducks, Eaves agree to three-year contract". Anaheim Ducks. 2017-06-23. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  16. ^ a b c d e Dillman, Lisa; Stephens, Eric (2018-06-27). "Patrick Eaves on his 'life-changing' illness and the road to recovery". The Athletic. Retrieved 2018-06-30. (Subscription required.)
  17. ^ "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves raises awareness for Humane Society, happy to see his dog bond with newborn girl". 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  18. ^ "Red Wings' Patrick Eaves taking baby steps of his own". Detroit Free Press. 2012-04-28. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
  19. ^ "Michigan March for Animals". 2010-03-01. Retrieved 2010-09-07. 
  20. ^ "Ducks Winger Patrick Eaves Diagnosed With Rare Nervous System Disorder". Sports Illustrated. 2017-10-23. Retrieved 2017-10-23. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steve Saviano
Hockey East Player of the Year
Succeeded by
Chris Collins
Preceded by
Keni Gibson
Hockey East Three-Stars Award
(Shared With Ryan Shannon)

Succeeded by
Chris Collins
Cory Schneider
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Jakub Klepiš
Ottawa Senators first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Andrej Meszároš