Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ben Eager
Ben Eager was born January 22, 1984 in Ottawa, Ontario. The first round, 23rd overall selection of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Eager is a graduate of the OHL's Oshawa Generals.

A hulking winger whose not afraid to mix it up, Eager played four seasons in Oshawa, registering 139 points (59-80-139) while racking almost 900 minutes in penalties. Midway through his final junior season with the Generals, Eager had his NHL rights acquired by the Philadelphia Flyers. Once his 2003-04 OHL season came to an end, Eager joined the Flyers AHL affiliate in Philadelphia and in 2004-05 was a key player in helping the Phantoms capture the AHL Calder Cup title.

Although he spent the majority of the 2005-06 season in the AHL, Eager went on to make his NHL debut with the Flyers. After signing a two-year contact with the Flyers, Eager went on to become a regular in the clubs lineup throughout the 2006-07 season. However, twenty-three games into the following season, Eager was dealt in mid-December to the surging Chicago Blachawks in exchange for Jim Vandermeer.

The 2009-10 season would end triumphantly for Eager and the Blackhawks when they defeated the Philadelphia Flyers in six games to capture the club's first Stanley Cup championship since 1961.

With the cup celebration seemingly still in full-swing, the Blackhawks began to shed salary and Eager would be one of the casualties. On June 23, 2010 he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers as part of a multi-player deal.

Eager's time in Atlanta would be brief. On January 18, 2011, the rugged winger was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

In the summer of 2011, Eager was on the move again. This time he signed as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1999-00 Ottawa Jr. Senators ON-Jr.A 50 8 11 19 119
2000-01 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 4 6 10 120
2000-01 Canada U-18 5 1 1 2 4
2001-02 Oshawa Generals OHL 63 14 23 37 255 -16 5 0 1 1 13
2001-02 Canada WJ18-A 8 1 3 4 45 -3
2002-03 Oshawa Generals OHL 58 16 24 40 216 +3 8 0 4 4 8
2003-04 Oshawa Generals OHL 61 25 27 52 204 -3 7 2 3 5 31
2003-04 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 8
2004-05 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 66 7 10 17 232 +12 16 1 1 2 71
2005-06 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 25 3 5 8 18 0 2 0 0 0 26
2005-06 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 49 6 12 18 256 -6
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 63 6 5 11 233 -13
2006-07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 3 0 0 0 21 +1
2007-08 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 23 0 0 0 62 -8
2007-08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 9 0 2 2 27 -1
2008-09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 11 4 15 161 +1 17 1 1 2 61
2009-10 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 60 7 9 16 120 +9 18 1 2 3 20
2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 34 3 7 10 77 +4
2010-11 San Jose Sharks NHL 34 4 3 7 43 0 10 1 0 1 41
2011-12 Edmonton Oilers NHL 63 8 5 13 107 -1
2012-13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 9 0 2 2 13 -4 13 1 4 5 64
2012-13 Edmonton Oilers NHL 14 1 1 2 25 -4
NHL Totals 400 43 41 84 873 47 3 3 6 148


Traded to Philadelphia by Phoenix with Sean Burke and Branko Radivojevic for Mike Comrie, February 9, 2004. Traded to Chicago by Philadelphia for Jim Vandermeer, December 18, 2007. Traded to Atlanta by Chicago with Brent Sopel, Dustin Byfuglien and Akim Aliu for Marty Reasoner, Joey Crabb, Jeremy Morin and New Jersey's 1st (previously acquired, Chicago selected Kevin Hayes) and 2nd (previously acquired, Chicago selected Justin Holl) round choices in 2010 Entry Draft, June 24, 2010. Traded to San Jose by Atlanta for San Jose's 5th round choice (Austen Brassard) in 2011 Entry Draft, January 18, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Edmonton, July 1, 2011. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to head injury at Vancouver, January 20, 2013.