Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bruce Eakin
Winnipeg, Manitoba native Bruce Eakin was born on September 28, 1962. After scoring 64 points in 52 games during his first season of major junior hockey, and becoming a late draft pick by the Calgary Flames, Eakin exploded during his second year. Eakin, a playmaking centre, upped his goal output from 18 to 42, but also incredibly boosted his assists from 46 to a league-leading 125. To date, this remains the second-highest single season total in league history. Eakin was selected to represent Canada at the World Junior Championships that December, helping Canada capture its first gold medal in that tournament. Eakin would also turn pro and make his NHL debut during this busy season, playing three games with the Oklahoma City Stars and a single game with the Calgary Flames.

Eakin spent the 1982-83 season in the minors developing his game, posting a solid 24 goals and 70 points in 73 games. The next year, he was back with the Calgary Flames, playing seven games and scoring two goals and an assist. The rest of his season was spent back in the minors, where he improved his totals to 33 goals and 102 points. Despite his offensive production, Eakin was unable to break into the Flames NHL roster, playing just one game in the 1984-85 season.

That July, he signed with the Detroit Red Wings as a free agent. With the Wings he was able to play just four games at the NHL level and was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers on December 28, 1985.

Unable to crack the deep and talented Oilers lineup, Eakin would not again play at the NHL level. After another season in the American Hockey League, Eakin looked overseas to continue his hockey career.

He signed to play in Finland for the 1987-88 season, then moved to Germany the following year. In his second year in Germany, he made a major impression piling up 58 goals and 153 points in just 52 games. Eakin would go on to play ten seasons in Germany before playing one final year in the British Super League with the London Knights.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1979-80 St. James Canadians MJHL 48 42 62 104 76
1980-81 Saskatoon Blades WHL 52 18 46 64 54
1981-82 Saskatoon Blades WHL 66 42 125 167 120 5 4 6 10 0
1981-82 Canada WJC-A 7 4 7 11 4
1981-82 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -2
1981-82 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 3 0 3 3 0 4 2 0 2 2
1982-83 Colorado Flames CHL 73 24 46 70 45 6 1 6 7 2
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 7 2 1 3 4 -1
1983-84 Colorado Flames CHL 67 33 69 102 18 6 4 2 6 0
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Moncton Golden Flames AHL 78 35 48 83 60
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 4 0 1 1 0 -4
1985-86 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 25 8 10 18 23
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 14 6 12 18 12
1986-87 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 4 1 2 3 4
1986-87 EHC Olten Swiss 32 12 25 37
1986-87 Springfield Indians AHL 11 0 5 5 6
1987-88 KalPa Kuopio Finland 36 6 17 23 50
1988-89 Neusser SC W.Ger-2 23 18 23 41 52
1989-90 EHC Essen-West W.Ger-2 32 40 69 109 47 18 18 26 44 33
1989-90 SC Herisau Swiss-2 1 0 0 0 0
1990-91 EHC Essen-West German-2 49 42 69 111 72
1991-92 EHC 80 Nurnberg German-2 29 17 38 55 38 5 0 1 1 6
1992-93 Krefelder EV Germany 42 28 34 62 84 4 1 2 3 6
1993-94 Krefelder EV Germany 44 19 28 47 80 6 1 4 5 8
1994-95 Dusseldorfer EG Germany 19 5 5 10 4 10 2 10 12 12
1995-96 Dusseldorfer EG Germany 10 0 0 0 8
1995-96 EC Kassel Huskies Germany 38 15 21 36 44 8 3 5 8 4
1996-97 Kassel Huskies Germany 49 13 34 47 38 10 2 7 9 24
1997-98 Kassel Huskies Germany 48 11 22 33 71
1997-98 Kassel Huskies EuroHL 6 3 1 4 24
1998-99 London Knights BH-Cup 11 3 3 6 6
1998-99 London Knights Britain 11 3 12 15 22
NHL Totals 13 2 2 4 4


WHL First All-Star Team (1982)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1984)
Signed as a free agent by Detroit, July 18, 1985. Traded to Edmonton by Detroit for Billy Carroll, December 28, 1985. Signed as a free agent by Springfield (AHL), March 10, 1987.
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