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Patrick Eaves (born May 1, 1984) is a professional ice hockey forward, currently a member of the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League. Born in Calgarymarker and raised in the United Statesmarker, Patrick holds Canadian and American citizenship and has represented the United States in international ice hockey tournaments. His father is retired American ice hockey player Mike Eaves.

Playing career

Amateur

Patrick attended Shattuck-St Mary's Schoolmarker which is an Episcopal Church-affiliated boarding school in Faribaultmarker, Minnesotamarker. Patrick played his collegiate hockey at Boston Collegemarker. After a very good freshman year the Senators drafted him 29th overall in the first round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He would go onto play two more years at Boston Collegemarker, 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 Collegemarker to sign with the Ottawa Senators.

Professional

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, Patrick recorded a career highs in points (32) and assists (21) 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.

In the 2007–08 season, Patrick 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. On June 4, 2008, he signed a three-year contract with the Hurricanes worth $4.2 million.

In the 2008-09 season, Patrick saw his production drop, recording only 6 goals and 8 assists in 74 games, battling shoulder injuries much of the season. On July 24, 2009, Eaves was traded 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. On August 4, 2009, Eaves signed a one-year contract, valued at $500,000, with the Detroit Red Wings.

Personal life

Eaves was born in Calgary, spent some years in Blackwood, New Jerseymarker, and grew up in Faribault, Minnesotamarker. He is the son of former Calgary Flames and Minnesota North Stars standout Mike Eaves, who currently is the head coach at the University of Wisconsin–Madisonmarker's men's hockey team and coached Patrick at the 2004 World Juniors. His older brother Ben Eaves plays with the Nashville Predators.

Awards/honors

  • 2003–04: Second All-Star Team (Hockey East)
  • 2003–04: East Second All-American Team (NCAA)
  • 2004–05: First All-Star Team (Hockey East)
  • 2004–05: Itech "Three Stars" Award (Hockey East) shared with Ryan Shannon
  • 2004–05: Player of the Year (Hockey East)
  • 2004–05: East First All-American Team (NCAA)
  • 2006–07: NHL Young Stars Game (NHL)


Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Boston Collegemarker 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
NHL totals 242 45 45 90 99 35 2 4 6 25
NCAA totals 86 47 50 97 163


International

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2004 United States WJC 6 1 5 6 8
Junior int'l totals 6 1 5 6 8


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