Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Eaton
Mark Eaton's arrival on the pro hockey stage was big news in his home state of Delaware where he became the first hockey player to be named the Athlete of the Year in that state.

Eaton is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame before he turned pro in 1998-99 with the Philadelphia Flyers. A free agent signing, Eaton made his professional debut with the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms in 1998-99 before making his Flyer debut the following year. However, it wasn't until he joined the Nashville Predators organization 2000-01 that he was given a chance to be an every day player in the NHL.

His career with the Predators started slowly when he failed to make the team out of training camp and was instead assigned to the IHL's Milwaukee Admirals. By January he had worked his way back up to the NHL and his play ensured he'd stay there. He ended the season with the best plus/minus on the team and had 34 games to his credit and contributed 11 points. That spring he made his US National Team debut when he was asked to join them for the World Championships.

The following season Eaton played only 58 games with the Preds', after he was played by shoulder and back injuries. When the Predators failed to make the playoffs he was once again added to the National Team for his second trip to the World Championships before returning to the Predators in 2002-03.

Following his stint with the Predators, Eaton was signed by the Grand Rapid Griffins of the AHL mid-way through the 2004-05 season. Eaton's stay with the AHL club was short lived however as he was signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 3rd, 2006.

In 2009, in a 7-game epic Stanley Cup Final, the Penguins would dethrone the Red Wings and earn the franchise's third Stanley Cup title.

On July 2, 2010, the big defenseman signed a two year contract with the New York islanders as an unrestricted free agent.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1995-96 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 50 4 21 25
1996-97 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 50 6 32 38 62
1997-98 University of Notre Dame CCHA 41 12 17 29 32
1998-99 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 74 9 27 36 38 +13 16 4 8 12 0
1999-00 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 27 1 1 2 8 +1 7 0 0 0 0
1999-00 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 47 9 17 26 6 +25
2000-01 Nashville Predators NHL 34 3 8 11 14 +7
2000-01 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 34 3 12 15 27 +2
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 1 1 2 0 -4
2001-02 Nashville Predators NHL 58 3 5 8 24 -12
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 0 3 3 2 -3
2002-03 Nashville Predators NHL 50 2 7 9 22 +1
2002-03 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 3 1 0 1 2 +3
2003-04 Nashville Predators NHL 75 4 9 13 26 +16 6 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 29 3 3 6 21 +2
2005-06 Nashville Predators NHL 69 3 1 4 44 -2 5 0 0 0 8
2006-07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 35 0 3 3 16 -6 5 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 36 0 3 3 4 +6
2008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 68 4 5 9 36 +3 24 4 3 7 10
2009-10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 79 3 13 16 26 +5 13 0 3 3 4
2010-11 New York Islanders NHL 34 0 3 3 8 -2
2011-12 New York Islanders NHL 62 1 3 4 10 -17
2012-13 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 6 0 1 1 4 -5
2012-13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 23 0 0 0 4 +9 8 0 3 3 0
NHL Totals 650 24 61 85 242 68 4 9 13 24


USHL Second All-Star Team (1997)
Curt Hammer Award (USHL - Most Gentlemanly Player) (1997)
CCHA Rookie of the Year (1998)
Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 4, 1998. Traded to Nashville by Philadelphia for Detroit's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Philadelphia selected Patrick Sharp) in 2001 NHL Draft, September 29, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Grand Rapids (AHL), February 16, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, July 3, 2006. Signed as a free agent by NY Islanders, July 2, 2010. Missed majority of 2010-11 due to hip injury at Calgary, January 3, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Wilkes-Barre (AHL), January 23, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, February 25, 2013.
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