Dallas Eakins

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Dallas Eakins
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Eakins at the 2013 AHL All Star Game
Born (1967-02-27) February 27, 1967 (age 51)
Dade City, Florida, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Winnipeg Jets
Florida Panthers
St. Louis Blues
Phoenix Coyotes
New York Rangers
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
Calgary Flames
NHL Draft 208th overall, 1985
Washington Capitals
Playing career 1988–2004

Dallas Franklin Eakins[1] (born Dallas Yoder[2] on February 27, 1967) is a retired American-Canadian ice hockey defenceman.

He is the head coach of the San Diego Gulls, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks. He previously served as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL.

Early years

Eakins' mother, Carol Ploof, was a native of Macon, Georgia.[2] His birth father was a Native American, Ted Yoder,[2] whom Eakins believes was "Cherokee".[2] Both parents split up shortly after his birth. Ploof later married Jim Eakins, a Canadian long-distance truck driver,[2] and Dallas subsequently adopted his stepfather's last name.[2]

In October, 1974, Eakins' family relocated to Peterborough, Ontario.[3] As a youth, he played in the 1980 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament with a minor ice hockey team from Peterborough.[4]

Playing career

Eakins played 4 seasons in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)[5] for the Peterborough Petes, being named the captain in his final year and also the team's best defenseman that season. Jeff Twohey who was with the Petes for 3 decades called him the best captain the team ever had, saying "He was a great leader. He was a hard worker, loyal, tough, and never afraid to confront people. He knew how to keep players in line."[6]

Eakins was drafted 208th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft. He went on to play 120 career NHL games, scoring no goals and 9 assists for 9 points, thus becoming the second Floridian to play in the NHL, but the first to ever record a point.[7] Eakins is also the first native of Florida to play for the Florida Panthers, having played for the club on two separate stints. However, the majority of Eakins career was played in the American Hockey League (AHL) and the International Hockey League (IHL). In those two leagues, Eakins played 882 games, scoring 43 goals and 179 assists for 222 points, whilst playing for 10 different teams. Eakins also won a Calder Cup and a Turner Cup as a member of the Chicago Wolves.

Eakins once made a bet with Cincinnati radio personality Dennis "Wildman" Walker of WEBN while a member of the Cincinnati Cyclones that he would not score more than 3 goals in one season. Walker stated that Eakins could shave his head at center ice of the Cincinnati Gardens if he eclipsed that mark. Eakins not only scored six goals, but did it in 30 games. The head shaving took place at center ice, prior to a game in December 1994, against the Long Beach Ice Dogs.

While serving as the captain of the Manitoba Moose in the 2003–04, Eakins switched from his number 6 to number 37, in honor of his friend and former Wolves teammate, Dan Snyder, who was killed in a car accident in Atlanta, Georgia.[8] Snyder was a member of the Atlanta Thrashers.

Coaching career

Eakins coaching the Edmonton Oilers in 2014

After retiring as a player, Eakins joined the Toronto Maple Leafs organization as an assistant coach for the Toronto Marlies and later the Maple Leafs in 2006.[9] In 2009, he was given head coaching duties for the Marlies.[10][11] While with the Marlies, Eakins was named as one of two head coaches representing the Western Conference for the 2011–2012 and 2012–2013 seasons AHL All-Star games.

Eakins left the Marlies in the summer of 2013 to become the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, but was fired from his position after only 18 months on December 15, 2014.[12][13] In June 2015, the Anaheim Ducks hired Eakins as the head coach of their AHL-affiliate, the San Diego Gulls.[14]

NHL coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L OTL Pts Finish W L Win % Result
Edmonton Oilers 2013–14 82 29 44 9 67 7th in Pacific - - - Missed playoffs
Edmonton Oilers 2014–15 31 7 19 5 19 7th in Pacific - - - Fired
Total 113 36 63 14

Personal life

Eakins is married to actress Ingrid Kavelaars. Eakins and Kavelaars have two daughters, Emerson (born in 2008) and Cameron (born in 2011).[15] His career is profiled in the book, Journeymen: 24 Bittersweet Tales of Short Major League Sports Careers. by Kurt Dusterberg.


  1. ^ "NHL Player Search – Player – Dallas Eakins". Legends of Hockey. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Monday, February 4, 2013 12:29 PM EST Facebook Twitter RSS (2012-05-12). "Toronto Marlies: a team with a dream | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. ^ Monday, February 4, 2013 12:29 PM EST Facebook Twitter RSS (2012-05-11). "Toronto Marlies: Dallas Eakins, part one | Toronto Star". Thestar.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  5. ^ OHL Alumni Classics: OHL Grads Coaching In The AHL
  6. ^ The Peterborough Examiner COLUMN: Dallas Eakins deserving of NHL job
  7. ^ "NHL Players Born in Florida, United States". Hockey-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  8. ^ Dallas Eakins To Coach The Toronto Marlies
  9. ^ "LIFE Photos | Classic Pictures From LIFE Magazine's Archives". LIFE.com. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
  10. ^ "Dallas Eakins Named Head Coach Of Toronto Marlies – The Official Site of the Toronto Marlies". Torontomarlies.com. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2013-02-04. [permanent dead link]
  11. ^ Toronto tabs Eakins as Marlies head coach
  12. ^ "Oilers name Dallas Eakins new head coach". oilers.nhl.com. 2013-06-10.
  13. ^ "Oilers fire head coach Eakins". TSN.ca. December 15, 2014.
  14. ^ Mcwilliam, Bryan (June 26, 2015). "Dallas Eakins named head coach of AHL's San Diego Gulls". The Score. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Ingrid Kavelaars Biography". Retrieved 2011-02-08.

External links

  • Dallas Eakins career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Dallas Eakins on Twitter
Preceded by
Ralph Krueger
Head coach of the Edmonton Oilers
Succeeded by
Todd Nelson
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