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.