Ben Eaves, brother of Detroit Red Wings forward Patrick Eaves, has retired from professional hockey due to injuries suffered during the 2012-2013 season.
Eaves was drafted 131st overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons at Boston College before turning pro in 2004. He signed an entry-level contract with the Penguins, but with the 2004–05 NHL season locked out and eventually cancelled, he split the season with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers. He missed majority of 2005–06 season and entire 2006–07 season recovering from knee injuries.
On July 21, 2009, Eaves signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Nashville Predators. On November 2, 2009 Eaves left the Predators’ AHL affiliate Milwaukee Admirals and announced his retirement from hockey, becoming the conditioning coach for the Norfolk Admirals. However, he came out of retirement and joined the Jokerit of SM-liiga in August 2010 and would spend the final few seasons of his career there.
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