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Ben Eager
Ben Eager
Eager during his tenure with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
235 lb (107 kg)
NHL Team
F. Teams
Edmonton Oilers
Philadelphia Flyers
Chicago Blackhawks
Atlanta Thrashers
San Jose Sharks
Born January 22 1984 (1984-01-22) (age 32),
Ottawa, ON, CAN
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2002
Phoenix Coyotes
Pro Career 2004 – present

Benjamin Eager (born January 22, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey left winger who currently plays for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing careerEdit

Eager was drafted in the 1st round, 22nd overall by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was later traded by the Coyotes along with Sean Burke and Branko Radivojević to the Philadelphia Flyers for centre Mike Comrie.

The 2006–07 NHL season would see Eager lead the league in penalty minutes, even though he only played 63 games. That same season, he also won the Pelle Lindbergh Memorial as the Flyer who has most improved from the previous season, as voted by his teammates.

Eager was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks on December 18, 2007 for Jim Vandermeer.

Eager scored his first Stanley Cup playoff goal in Game Two of Chicago vs Vancouver on May 2, 2009 in Vancouver. This led to the Blackhawk's first victory against the Canucks and evened the series 1-1. Eager scored his second Stanley Cup playoff goal on May 31, 2010 in Game Two of the Stanley Cup Finals against Philadelphia. His goal ended up being the game winner, as the Hawks won 2-1. On June 9, 2010, he and the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, defeating the Flyers 4-3 in overtime in Game Six.

On June 23, 2010, Eager was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers along with Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, and Akim Aliu, for the 24th overall pick, the 54th overall pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb and Jeremy Morin.[1] During the 2010–11 season Eager delivered a "sucker punch" to the Maple Leafs' forward Colby Armstrong. Eager received a five minute major, a match penalty for intent to injure, and was ejected from the game. The NHL further suspended him for four games due to the incident.[2] Midway through the season, he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.[3]

He signed a 3-year/$3.3 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers on July 1, 2011.[4]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Ottawa Senators Jr.A. CJHL 50 8 11 19 119
2000–01 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 4 6 10 120
2001–02 Oshawa Generals OHL 63 14 23 37 255 5 0 1 1 13
2002–03 Oshawa Generals OHL 58 16 24 40 216 8 0 4 4 8
2003–04 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 25 27 52 204 7 2 3 5 31
2003–04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 5 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 8
2004–05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 66 7 10 17 232 16 1 1 2 71
2005–06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 49 6 12 18 256
2005–06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 3 5 8 18 2 0 0 0 26
2006–07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 0 0 0 21
2006–07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 6 5 11 233
2007–08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 0 0 0 62
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 2 2 27
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 11 4 15 161 17 1 1 2 61
2009–10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 7 9 16 120 18 1 2 3 20
2010–11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 34 3 7 10 77
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 34 4 3 7 43 10 1 0 1 41
NHL totals 323 34 35 69 741 47 3 3 6 148

ReferencesEdit

  1. Blackhawks send Byfuglien to Thrashers. NHL.com. Retrieved on 2010-06-27.
  2. Thrashers' Eager Suspended Four Games for Sucker Punch. TSN. Retrieved on 2011-01-08.
  3. Sharks Acquire Eager from Thrashers for Pick. TSN. Retrieved on 2011-01-18.
  4. TSN Free Agent Tracker. The Sports Network. Retrieved on 1 July 2011.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Jakub Koreis
Phoenix Coyotes first round draft pick
2002
Succeeded by
Blake Wheeler



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