TAMPA BAY, Fla. – The Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL parent club of the Norfolk Admirals, have announced that Ben Eaves will join the Admirals’ coaching staff as Strength and Conditioning/Video Coach, Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced today.
“We are pleased to be able to add a good character individual from a great hockey family to the staff in Norfolk today,” said Lawton. “Ben will be asked to provide support to Jim Johnson, Leigh Mendelson and our players as we move towards our post All-Star break goal of competing for a playoff spot. We think he will be an excellent addition and we welcome him to the hockey operations department.”
A six-year professional forward, Eaves retired earlier this season after appearing in seven games with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Minneapolis, Minnesota, native is currently completing work towards a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with the University of Minnesota.
Eaves was a fourth-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2001. In 55 career American Hockey League games between Milwaukee and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Eaves recorded six goals and ten assists. He also appeared in two ECHL games with the Wheeling Nailers and had one goal.
Eaves’ greatest professional success came with the Espoo Blues in Finland’s SM-Liiga in 2007-08 and 2008-09. In two seasons, he posted 25 points (6G, 19A) in 32 regular season games and 36 points (11G, 25A) in 27 post-season games. In the 2009 playoffs, he broke the league record for most points in a post-season (24), leading all skaters in both points and assists. In the 2008 post-season, he paced the SM-Liiga in goals (7) and ranked second in points (12), helping Espoo to the championship series.
Prior to turning pro, Eaves was a four-year letterwinner at Boston College and served as team captain for the Eagles in his junior and senior years. In 126 collegiate games, Eaves scored 53 goals and 116 assists for 169 points. He was a member of the 2001 NCAA Championship squad as a freshman and advanced to the Frozen Four as a senior in 2004. In 2003, he was a Hobey Baker Award finalist and a First-Team All-American. As of the start of 2009-10, Eaves ranks 13th in points and fifth in assists in Eagles history.
Eaves’ father, Mike, played in the NHL from 1978-86 and is now the head coach of the University of Wisconsin Badgers hockey team. Ben’s younger brother Patrick currently plays for the Detroit Red Wings.
The Admirals will embark on a seven-game road trip through the Northeast beginning tomorrow night against the Springfield Falcons. They kick off a six-game homestand at Scope on Wednesday, February 3, against the Hershey Bears.
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