Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Eaves
Mike Eaves had an eight-year NHL career playing for the Minnesota North Stars and the Calgary Flames.

At 18, Eaves decided to pursue his education at the University of Wisconsin where he played on the hockey team for three years. In his freshman season he scored 54 points in just 38 points. He put up similar numbers in his sophomore season but really broke out offensively in his final year in 1977-78 with 31 goals and 58 assists for 89 points in 43 games.

Eagles was selected 13th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1976 Amateur Draft, but never did play for them. He signed with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978, playing in three games with the balance of his season being played in Oklahoma City of the CHL.

Eaves was a regular performer with the North Stars from 1979 to 1983, and scored 46 points in 56 games in 1980. He went to the Calgary Flames for the start of the 198-84 season and stayed in Alberta for three years. He stayed around just long enough to see his Flames make it all the way to the Stanley Cup finals, only to come up short against Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens. In fact, Eaves had retired the previous year having been "low-bridged" by Quebec defenseman Pat Price in the opening shift of a game. It was the tenth such injury of his life, and he said enough is enough. He once received a concussion when he ran head first into an outfield fence in a baseball game back in 1985. Eaves came out of retirement with the blessing of his family. He also admits the main reason he did so was because he felt the Flames were legitimate Stanley Cup contenders - and he was right.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1973-74 Nepean Raiders ON-Jr.A 54 54 48 102
1974-75 University of Wisconsin WCHA 38 17 37 54 12
1975-76 University of Wisconsin WCHA 34 18 25 43 22
1975-76 United States WEC-A 10 2 1 3 0
1976-77 University of Wisconsin WCHA 45 28 53 81 18
1977-78 University of Wisconsin WCHA 43 31 58 89 16
1977-78 United States WEC-A 10 4 3 7 2
1978-79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -1
1978-79 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 68 26 61 87 21
1979-80 Minnesota North Stars NHL 56 18 28 46 11 +3 15 2 5 7 4
1979-80 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 12 9 8 17 2
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars DN-Cup 2 0 1 1 0
1980-81 Minnesota North Stars NHL 48 10 24 34 18 +1
1981-82 United States Can-Cup 6 3 3 6 4
1981-82 Minnesota North Stars NHL 25 11 10 21 0 +2
1982-83 Minnesota North Stars NHL 75 16 16 32 21 -3 9 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Calgary Flames NHL 61 14 36 50 20 +9 11 4 4 8 2
1984-85 Calgary Flames NHL 56 14 29 43 10 +14
1985-86 Calgary Flames NHL 8 1 1 2 8
NHL Totals 324 83 143 226 80 43 7 10 17 14


Brother of Murray
WCHA Second All-Star Team (1977)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1977, 1978)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1978)
WCHA Most Valuable Player (1978)
CHL Second All-Star Team (1979)
Ken McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of the Year - CHL) (1979
Rights traded to Cleveland by St. Louis for Len Frig, August 17, 1977. Rights transferred to Minnesota Reserve List after Cleveland-Minnesota Dispersal Draft, June 15, 1978. Traded to Calgary by Minnesota with Keith Hanson fror Steve Christoff and Calgary's 2nd round choice (Frantisek Musil) in 1983 Entry Draft, June 8, 1983.
Suffered eventual career-ending concussion in exhibition game vs. Quebec, September 21, 1985.
Officially announced retirement and named Assistant Coach of Calgary, October 21, 1985.
Came out of retirement as an emergency injury replacement for Carey Wilson, May 4, 1986.