Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Eagles
Selected in the sixth round, 116th overall, by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft, Mike Eagles enjoyed a 13-year NHL career with four teams.

While playing in major junior hockey, Eagles played on perhaps one of the most talented teams off all-time in Kitchener. When he joined the Rangers in 1980-81 as a 17-year-old, he became teammates with 17-year-old Al MacInnis and a pair of star 16-year-olds named Brian Bellows and Scott Stevens. The Rangers, despite being one of the youngest teams in the OHL, were the class of the league and went on to represent the OHL at the Memorial Cup where they came up just short, losing in the finals to the defending champion Cornwall Royals, who boasted the likes of future NHLers Dale Hawerchuk and Scott Arniel in their lineup.

NHL scouts certainly took notice of the Rangers. Bellows and Stevens were still too young to be drafted, so the focus was centered on MacInnis and Eagles, who wound up being selected by the Nordiques. In 1981-82, with their stars a year older and with some experience under their belts, it seemed Kitchener would be unstoppable on the way to the Memorial Cup. That proved to be true, despite the fact their star forward, Brian Bellows, missed a good part of the season with an injury. The Rangers went all the way winning the Memorial Cup. During the regular season Eagles contributed 66 points in just 62 games.

When Bellows, MacInnis and Stevens all graduated to the NHL, Eagles became the team leader with the Rangers in 1982-83, and although they remained a strong force in junior hockey, the team simply could not expect to reach the same level of success without those star players.

Eagles was called upon for two games with the Quebec Nordiques in 1983-84, but the balance of his rookie season was spent in the AHL with the Fredericton Express. In 1985-86 he landed a roster spot with the Nords and played in 73 games, scoring eleven goals and 12 assists for 23 points as an NHL rookie. After two more years in Quebec, Eagles opted to sign as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. After two years in Chicago, Eagles moved to the Winnipeg Jets where he would stay for over four years. Eagles was used primarily as a defensive specialist, with the aim being to shut down the opposing team's star players. He and Igor Ulanov were traded to Washington for draft picks on April 7, 1995.

Eagles remained with Washington until the 1999-2000 season when his NHL career ended at the age of 37. He had played in 853 season games, with 74 goals, 122 assists and 196 points. He also had 34 playoff points in 44 games.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 Melville Millionaires SJHL 55 46 30 76 77
1979-80 Billings Bighorns WHL 5 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers OMJHL 56 11 27 38 64 18 4 2 6 36
1980-81 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 1 1 2 4
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers OHL 62 26 40 66 148 15 3 11 14 27
1981-82 Kitchener Rangers M-Cup 5 3 3 6 0
1982-83 Kitchener Rangers OHL 58 26 36 62 133 12 5 7 12 27
1982-83 Canada WJC-A 7 2 4 6 2
1982-83 Quebec Nordiques NHL 2 0 0 0 2 -1
1983-84 Fredericton Express AHL 68 13 29 42 85 4 0 0 0 5
1984-85 Fredericton Express AHL 36 4 20 24 80 3 0 0 0 2
1985-86 Quebec Nordiques NHL 73 11 12 23 49 +3 3 0 0 0 2
1986-87 Quebec Nordiques NHL 73 13 19 32 55 -15 4 1 0 1 10
1987-88 Quebec Nordiques NHL 76 10 10 20 74 -18
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 47 5 11 16 44 -8
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 23 1 2 3 34 -4
1989-90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 24 11 13 24 47 13 10 10 20 34
1990-91 Winnipeg Jets NHL 44 0 9 9 79 -10
1990-91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 25 15 14 29 47
1991-92 Winnipeg Jets NHL 65 7 10 17 118 -17 7 0 0 0 8
1992-93 Winnipeg Jets NHL 84 8 18 26 131 -1 5 0 1 1 6
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 73 4 8 12 96 -20
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 27 2 1 3 40 -13
1994-95 Washington Capitals NHL 13 1 3 4 8 +2 7 0 2 2 4
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 70 4 7 11 75 -1 6 1 1 2 2
1996-97 Washington Capitals NHL 70 1 7 8 42 -4
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 36 1 3 4 16 -2 12 0 2 2 2
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 52 4 2 6 50 -5
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 25 2 0 2 15 -7
NHL Totals 853 74 122 196 928 44 2 6 8 34


Missed majority of 1984-85 due to hand injury suffered in practice, October, 1984. Traded to Chicago by Quebec for Bob Mason, July 5, 1988. Traded to Winnipeg by Chicago for Winnipeg's 4th round pick (Igor Kravchuk) in 1991 NHL Draft, December 14, 1990. Traded to Washington by Winnipeg with Igor Ulanov for Washington's 3rd (later traded to Dallas - Dallas selected Sergey Gusev) and 5th (Brian Elder) round picks in 1995 NHL Draft, April 7, 1995.
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