Mark Eaton
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 05/06/1977
DRAFTED: undrafted
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.
Signed as a free agent by the Islanders on July 2, 2010.


Signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers on August 4, 1998. Traded from Philadelphia to the Nashville Predators for the Detroit Red Wing’s third round selection in the 2001 National Hockey League Entry Draft on September 29, 2000. Signed as a free agent by the Grand Rapids Griffins (American Hockey League) on February 16, 2005. Signed as a free agent by the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 3, 2006.

Was limited by a hip injury to 34 games in his first season with the Islanders and 11th in the NHL…Made his Islanders debut in the season-opener on Oct. 9 vs. Dallas, wearing an assistant captain’s “A”…Registered a season-high plus-three rating on Oct. 11 vs. NY Rangers…Recorded his first point (assist) with the Islanders on Dec. 5 vs. Philadelphia…Left the game with a groin injury on Dec. 11 vs. Atlanta and missed three games…Suffered a hip injury on Jan. 3 at Calgary, which required season-ending surgery.

Established career highs in games played (79), assists (13) and points (16) in his 12th professional season and fourth with Pittsburgh...Ranked second on the Penguins with 135 blocked shots and was eighth on the team in average time on ice (19:45)... Had a career-long three-game assist streak from Jan. 9-13, logging four assists...Appeared in his 500th NHL game on Jan. 19 vs. NY Islanders. 2008-09: Won the Stanley Cup in his third season with Pittsburgh...Tied his career high in goals with four andranked third on the team in blocked shots with 148...Selected by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association as the Penguins’ nominee for the 2009 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey” after his successful return following two injury-plagued seasons... Played in his 400th NHL game on Dec. 3 at NY Rangers. 2007-08: Posted an even or better plus-minus rating in 28-of-36 games for Pittsburgh...Suffered a season-ending knee injury on Dec. 23 and underwent surgery...At time of injury, led the team with 89 blocked shots...Ranked fifth on the team in average time on ice (19:40). 2006-07: Played in 36 games during his first season with Pittsburgh and recorded three assists...Ranked fifth on the team in average time on ice (19:12). 2005-06: Played in 65 games
with Nashville, recording a career-high 44 penalty minutes...Led the team with 170 blocked shots and was fourth in average time on ice (19:43). 2004-05: Spent the NHL Lockout season with Grand Rapids, scoring three goals and three assists in 29 games. 2003-04: Posted a personal-best four goals while setting Nashville’s franchise record in plus-minus with a +16 rating...Scored a single-game career-high three assists on Oct. 25 at Colorado...Ranked fourth on the team in average time on ice (20:55). 2002-03: Played in 50 NHL games with Nashville and tallied nine points (2g/7a). 2001-02: Established a new career high in games played (58) in his second season with Nashville and scored eight points (3g/5a). 2000-01: Posted 11 points (3g/8a) in 34 NHL games during his first season with Nashville...Also played in 34 International Hockey League games with Milwaukee, scoring 15 points (3g/12a) and being named the IHL Defenseman of the Week for the week of Dec. 18-24. 1999-00: Made his NHL debut with Philadelphia and recorded two points (1g/1a) in 27 games...Also posted 26 points (9g/17a) in 47 games with the Philadelphia Phantoms (AHL)...Became the first ice hockey player to be named Delaware’s Athlete Of The Year by the Delaware Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association on Jan. 27. 1998-99: Made his professional debut with the Phantoms and posted a minor league career-best 36 points (9g/27a) in 74 games...Won the Barry Ashbee Award, given annually to the top defenseman on the Phantoms.

Played in all 13 of Pittsburgh’s postseason games, recording three assists and finishing second on the team with 20 blocked shots...Led all defensemen with 31:11 (2:23 avg.) short-handed minutes. 2009: Helped lead Pittsburgh to a Stanley Cup Championship with seven points (4g/3a) in a career-high 24 postseason games. 2007: Played in five Stanley Cup Playoff games for Pittsburgh. 2006: Recorded eight penalty minutes in five Stanley Cup Playoff games with Nashville. 2004: Played in six Stanley Cup Playoff games with Nashville. 2000: Made his Stanley Cup Playoffs debut with Philadelphia, playing in seven games.

Participated in the U.S. Olympic Ice Hockey Orientation Camp. 2004: Helped Team USA win the Deutschland Cup. 2002: Recorded three assists in seven games with the U.S. team at the World Championships. 2001: Scored two points (1g/1a) for the U.S. in nine games at the World Championships.

Scored 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in 41 games with Notre Dame during his only collegiate season...Became the second player in Notre Dame history to be named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Rookie Of The Year, as selected by the conference’s coaches.

Won the United States Hockey League’s Curt Hammer Award for “Most Gentlemanly Play” as a member of Waterloo...Posted 38 points (6g/32a) in 50 games and was named a Second Team USHL All-Star. 1995-96: Scored 25 points (4g/21a) in 50 games during his first USHL season with Waterloo.