Mark Eaton

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Mark Eaton was the first Delawarean to play in the National Hockey League. A defenseman, he played over 13 seasons with the Flyers, Nashville, Pittsburgh and the New
York Islanders. When he debuted in 1999, he became the first Philadelphia-area native to play for the Flyers. With the Nashville Predators in 2003–04, he set the franchise record for plus/minus at
+16. He was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 2009 Stanley Cup championship team, scoring four goals in the playoffs. With the AHL Philadelphia Phantoms in 1998, he won the Barry Ashbee Award as
the team’s top defenseman. A graduate of Dickinson High School, he played one year at Notre Dame where he was named Central Collegiate Hockey Association rookie of the year. His 12 goals were third,
his 17 assists fourth for the Irish. He played on the U.S. team in the 2003 Men’s World Championships, recording a game-winning goal against Finland, and in the 2002 World Championships, where he had
three assists against Italy.



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