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|1976 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Selected in seventh round
No. 113 overall
by St. Louis Blues
Born June 10, 1956
Height: 5-10 Weight: 180
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado (USA)
PRE-DRAFT AWARDS AND HONORS
World Championships: 1976 (fourth place)
Wisconsin Carlson Award (MVP): 1975-76
Wisconsin Williamson Award (Scholar-Athlete): 1975-76
Wisconsin Captain: 1975-76
COJHL Points Leader: 1973-74 (Nepean) (102 points)
Miscellaneous: Set Wisconsin record (since broken) for points by a
freshman with 54. ... Led Wisconsin with 18 goals in 1975-76.
| Debut: January 3, 1979 (St. Louis at
Numbers: 18 (Minnesota); 7, 17 (Calgary)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Status: Retired for final time in May 1986
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
|CAREER NHL PLAYOFF STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Stanley Cup Finals (Lost): 1986 (Calgary)
Minnesota WTCN-TV Trophy (Rookie of Year): 1979-80
1980-81: Was on Minnesota team that went to 1981 Stanley Cup Finals,
but missed playoffs due to concussion.
Career: Named Calgary assistant coach on Oct. 21, 1985, and remained in that
position through 1985-86 season. ... Named Philadelphia assistant coach on
June 13, 1988, and remained in that position until Aug. 9, 1990. ... Named
Philadelphia assistant coach on June 8, 1993, and remained in that position
through 1993-94 season. ... Named Pittsburgh assistant coach on July 23, 1997,
and remained in that position until Dec. 9, 1999.
Miscellaneous: Was property of Cleveland team that folded after the
1977-78 season and merged with Minnesota. His rights were absorbed by
Minnesota prior to the Minnesota-Cleveland Dispersal Draft on June 15, 1978..
... Missed parts of 1980-81 season with knee injury suffered in October 1980
and hip injury suffered during Minnesota's Feb. 12, 1981, game vs. Toronto.
... Missed end of 1980-81 season and 1981 playoffs with concussion suffered
during Minnesota's Feb. 23, 1981, game vs. N.Y. Islanders. It was one of three
concussions he suffered during 1980-81 season. ... Missed part of 1981-82
season with rib injury suffered when checked by Gerry Hart during Minnesota's
Dec. 26, 1981, game vs. St. Louis. ... Missed most of 1981-82 season with back
spasms, first developed in October 1981. Had treatment for his chronic back
problems at end of 1981-82 season after playing final game of season on Jan.
21, 1982. ... Wore No. 25 during Calgary's 1983 training camp. ... Missed
parts of 1983-84 season with broken foot, an injury suffered in January 1984,
as well as knee and rib injuries. ... Broke thumb in Game 7 of Calgary's 1984
Smythe Division final series vs. Edmonton on April 22, 1984. ... Missed parts
of 1984-85 season with dislocated shoulder, an injury suffered in October
1984, and concussion suffered in January 1985. ... Missed end of 1984-85 season and 1985 playoffs with
bruised ribs, an injury suffered during Calgary's March 31, 1985, game at
Winnipeg. ... Was Calgary's 1984-85 nominee for Masterton Trophy. ... Suffered
concussion when he collided with Pat Price on first shift of Calgary's Sept.
21, 1985, preseason opener vs. Quebec. The career-ending injury was his 10th
concussion as an NHL player. ... Retired for first time on Oct. 21, 1985, due to
concussion and to pursue coaching career. ... Came out of retirement to play eight playoff games for
injury-depleted Calgary in the 1986 Campbell Conference finals and Stanley Cup
finals. Despite the risk of additional concussions, Eaves volunteered to join
the team, which had just lost center Carey Wilson, for Game 2 of the conference finals vs. St. Louis on May 4, 1986. He
then played eight consecutive games through Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals
on May 20. 1986.
|Post-Draft Teams: Wisconsin (WCHA); Oklahoma
Canada Cup: 1981 (fourth place), 1984 (fourth place) (did
not play), 1991 (second place) (as assistant coach)
World Championships: 1978
(sixth place), 1990 (fifth place) (as assistant coach)
Championships: 2002 (gold medal) (as head coach)
AWARDS AND HONORS
NCAA Championship: 1977 (Wisconsin)
CHL McKenzie Trophy (Rookie of Year): 1978-79 (Oklahoma City)
All-Star Second Team: 1978-79 (Oklahoma City)
NCAA West All-America First Team:
1976-77, 1977-78 (Wisconsin)
WCHA MVP: 1977-78 (Wisconsin)
WCHA All-Star First Team: 1977-78 (Wisconsin)
WCHA All-Star Second
Team: 1976-77 (Wisconsin)
Big Ten Medal of Honor (Top
U.S. Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of Year: 2002
Hockey Coach of Year: 2001-02 (U.S. Under-18 Team)
Wisconsin Carlson Award (MVP): 1977-78
Wisconsin Captain: 1977-78
Wisconsin Tri-captain: 1976-77
Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame: Inducted 1992
WCHA Points Leader: 1977-78 (Wisconsin) (89 points)
Leader: 1977-78 (Wisconsin) (58 assists)
CHL Records: Most
assists by a rookie (61 in 1978-79)
Wisconsin Records: Most career
points (267), most career WCHA points (206), most points by a senior (89), most assists by a senior (58), longest point-scoring streak (21 games in 1977-78)
Coaching Career: Named Wisconsin-Eau Claire (NCAA Division III) head coach
prior to 1986-87 season and remained in that position through 1986-87 season.
... Named St. Cloud (NCAA D-I Independent) assistant coach prior to 1987-88
season and remained in that position until June 13, 1988. ... Named Hershey (AHL)
head coach on Aug. 9, 1990, and remained in that position until June 8, 1993.
... Named Shattuck St. Mary's (Minn. HS) head coach prior to 1994-95 season
and remained in that position through 1995-96 season. ... Named Helsinki IFK
(Finland) head coach prior to 1996-97 season and remained in that position
through 1996-97 season. ... Named USA Hockey National Development Team Program
head coach in May 2000 and remained in that position until March 19, 2002. ... Named Wisconsin (WCHA) head coach on March 19, 2002, and remained in
that position into 2002-03 season.
Education: Earned B.S. in education
at University of Wisconsin.
Miscellaneous: Was first player in
Wisconsin (WCHA) history to score 200 career points. Was first forward in
Wisconsin history to earn All-America first team honors. ... Had three assists
in Wisconsin's 6-5 NCAA title-game victory over Michigan on March 26, 1977.
One of his assists was on the game-winner by Steve Alley just 23 seconds into
overtime. ... Set Wisconsin single-season record (since broken) with 89 points
in 1977-78. ... Finished fourth in CHL MVP voting as a rookie in 1978-79. ... Played on Minnesota
team that competed in Sweden's 1980 DN Cup tournament. ... Named to Team USA
for 1984 Canada Cup, but did not see action in tournament. ... Suffered
concussion when he ran into fence during off-season softball game in 1985. ... Held dual
U.S.-Canadian citizenship during his playing days. ... Coached West team at
1990 U.S. Olympic Festival. ... Named one of WCHA's all-time Top 50 players by conference on
Jan. 23, 2002.
Personal: Full name is Michael Gordon
Eaves. ... Older brother of former NHL player Murray Eaves. ... Son of former
Denver University hockey and football player Cecil Eaves, who became a
professor and hockey coach at Ohio State and the University of Windsor. ... Father of college hockey players Ben Eaves
and Patrick Eaves.
|HOW HE GOT AWAY|
|TRADE: St. Louis' traded Eaves' NHL rights to
Cleveland in exchange for Len Frig on August 17, 1977. Eaves was still part of the Cleveland
franchise when it folded after the 1977-78 season. He became property of
Minnesota when the North Stars absorbed the Cleveland team.||
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