Operation: Eaves — Showing a Downed Wing That We Care

Get Well, Eaves!

Obviously, we’re not strangers to the grass-roots efforts ’round these parts. Having proudly been involved in both H2H’s and the surprising success of Operation: Curly Fries, we’ve seen first-hand what a motivated community can do, and the great lengths to which it’ll go to ensure one of their own feels right at home: whether that’s a Brazilian hockey fan coming to the States to catch his first hockey game or a member of the very team we all love so deeply.

Patrick Eaves was struck on the side of the face with a Roman Josi shot on November 26th. It looked pretty bad and Eaves was clearly in a lot of pain. Suffering a broken jaw, the initial prognosis was that he’d be back in the lineup in 6-8 weeks… sometime in January. That hasn’t happened. In fact, things haven’t progressed as much as anyone would like. Even with a healed jaw, he’s suffering from symptoms stemming from the concussion that comes with having a puck connect rather swiftly with one’s noggin.

Helene St. James’ piece in the Free Press seems to say what we’d all kind of thought, but didn’t want to believe: Patrick Eaves is shut down for the season, barring some sort of miracle comeback. He will have missed the final 60 games… and only played in ten this year. He’s anxious to get back to the game and is looking forward to a fresh season to work with in 2012-13.

A member of our community, @Slapshotg0al, had a great idea. The gist: just because Patrick Eaves isn’t in the lineup doesn’t mean we’re not thinking of him and we should all wish him the best in a speedy recovery. Her words follow — along with some information if you’d like to contribute to the care package we’ll be sending Mr. Eaves:

I love hockey, you guys love hockey, that’s why we’re here. One of the things I love about hockey fans is the sense of community and family that brings us together. There are countless examples of the hockey community coming together for a cause, to help someone in need, or to provide support. Today we have a special opportunity to come together and show our support for one of our own. As most of you know, Patrick Eaves is currently struggling to recover from a concussion that started out as a broken jaw that resulted from taking a puck to the face on November 26th. What looked to be a painful, arduous recovery from a broken jaw, originally expected to take 6-8 weeks, has turned into a probable season ending injury. With Eaves being out of the lineup for so long, many seem to have forgotten him; but not us. Over the last couple months, I’ve been thinking a lot about Eaves and wishing there was something I could do, some way to encourage him and let him know that he’s still in our thoughts; and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Guess what? Turns out I was right! Today I’m proud to say that we have that opportunity; an opportunity to tell him that we appreciate the heart and dedication he brings to the game, and that we look forward to his full recovery and return to the Wings lineup. I’m sure he’s battling not only through the post-concussion symptoms and physical pain, but also the uncertainty, the discouragement and maybe feeling like he’s been replaced or forgotten. Well here’s our chance to let him know what he means to us and offer up our encouragement.

We’ve been in touch with the Detroit Red Wings and — SHOCKER! — they think it’s a beautiful idea and are more than willing to pass along our well-wishes personally. We’ve teamed up with Winging it in Motown, and a bevy of other Red Wings blogs, to bring you Operation: Eaves, knowing full well that the more people within the community who see this, the better.

You’re welcome to leave a comment here at The Production Line or head to Winging it in Motown’s topic of the same name. All of the comments will be collected from both sites and will be given to Patrick Eaves on an as-yet-announced poster or banner (Details on that shortly… you’ll love it, we promise). If you care to send something more — a gift, a card, a care package — you’re welcome to do that as well. Shoot us an e-mail and we’ll help you get it into the right hands: Patrick’s.

In an effort to cut down on the shenanigans, stay on topic and use the comments as if you’re addressing Patrick Eaves himself. We’re going to copy and paste everyone’s kind words of encouragement and we’d love if he was able to read them as if they were being spoken directly to him.

Go get ’em, Patrick — we’ve missed you all year and can’t wait to have you back in red and white in September!

32 thoughts on “Operation: Eaves — Showing a Downed Wing That We Care”

  1. Been following you since you were in Ottawa… and only later found out you were Coach’s Kid. (I’m a big Wisconsin Badgers fan too) Get well soon!

  2. Patrick, I know you weren’t drafted by Detroit but I’ve always felt that you’ve exemplified what this team strives to be. You’ve always worked hard, given it your all and sacrificed point totals to play a defensive style that teams need to win. I wish you a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see you back out there, we’ll have #17 waiting for you.

  3. I can’t imagine what you’re going through right now Patrick. It must be be incredibly tough to be in your situation. You’ve gotta be one mentally tough guy to keep pushing through it day after day. We all hope you keep at it and can return to the ice healthy as soon as possible. It’s weird not seeing you out there giving the team your all (that is how you wound up here after all, isn’t it?). Nobody has given this team more this season than you have. Thanks for everything you do for this team, and I wish you an incredibly speedy recovery from here on out. You’re a great guy (the players even recognized that in one of their polls for goodness sake). You’re a great hockey player. Can’t wait to see that combo of traits back on the ice again where it belongs.

  4. Patrick, thank you for giving your all to this team. You are loved by Wings fans everywhere and we’ve missed you this season. Get better soon, and I can’t wait to see you on the ice again!

  5. We sure have missed you on the ice this season; but we will wait until you are health to get back on it.  Tkae it one day at a time and the fans of Hockeytown will be here waiting for you to get back.  

  6. You’ve always been one of my favorite Red Wings. I love your work ethic and dedication to the team.

    Get well, soon.

  7. Dear Hatrick Eaves,

    You got me free curly fries one time, that’s means you’re good in my book.  Get well soon and be ready to play.  We’ve always got a roster spot available for you.  Can’t wait to see you play again.

  8. Patrick, hang in there, buddy. I’ve had a concussion and know the recovery can be rough. Try and stay positive. We’re all pulling for you and can’t wait to have you back on the ice. 

  9. Hope to see you back on the ice soon, but more importantly just getting you health back. There’s something missing from this team When you’re not in the lineup. Best of luck moving forward.

  10. Patrick,
    Don’t let this set back get you down.  You will get healthy soon and we will be here waiting for you next season, ready to go.  You will be back and stronger than ever, helping the team any way you can!! 

  11. Hey Patrick, just wanted to say I hope you’re getting a little bit better every day. Even more than seeing you back on the ice we all want you to have a healthy life my friend. When you step back on the ice we won’t just be cheering for a hockey player with a Wings jersey but for a man who gives so much of himself to a game that entertains so many. I pray that soon enough you’re back doing what you love to do. Get well man.

  12. Patrick – I sure miss seeing you on the ice, you mean a lot to us Wings fans! I’m praying for a speedy recovery and hope to see you back at it soon!
    ~Lisa

  13. There isn’t a game that goes by during which I don’t say “I miss Patrick Eaves” and now I can say to you “I miss you Patrick Eaves”! The Wings just aren’t the same without you. Feel better.

  14. Hey Patrick, just know you are missed out there!  The best fans in hockey are behind you – get well soon!

  15. I met you in person at Hockeyfest, and found out that not only are you a phenomenal hockey player, but a genuinely nice guy and a class act. I’ve always enjoyed watching you on the ice, and not a game goes by where I think “I miss Patrick.” I cannot begin to imagine how hard it has been to come back from this injury, but just keep pushing on. I see such great promise in you, and cannot wait for your return. Know that so many people are pulling for you and may that offer some strength for your continued recovery! Let’s win cup number 12 in ’12 for Patrick!

  16. Patrick, get well soon.

    On a city like Detroit, where fans appreciate hard work just as much as pure skill, you gave us both. Good luck with your health, then good luck on the ice. We miss you.

    Boa sorte.

  17. From all of us at The Production Line, we wish you a speedy recovery and can’t wait to see you on the ice next season. 

    Speaking personally, I’m honored to say that I was able to chat with you for a few minutes aboard Red Bird II when I accompanied the team to Nashville last February — I was excited to give you a Curly Fries shirt, having been one of the guys to net a hat trick and, as such, earn some free curly fries for the masses. You seemed genuinely thrilled to have it and I hope it’s made it into solid rotation. =)

    Get well — kick those headaches’ asses and get back where you belong: on steel blades with a red and white 17 on your back. 

  18. Patrick, we miss you and can’t wait to see you on the ice again. I hope that you are better soon, and know that we supporty ou 100%.

  19. Miss seeing the #17 on the ice!!! Wishing you a speedy recovery!! Can’t wait to see you on the ice at training camp!!! 

    Jen Ignatowski

  20. Patrick,  I’m wishing you a speedy recovery with your post concussion headaches. I know you want to play….any athlete who competes at the professional level would want to do that.  I like to see you back on the ice as soon as possible.  You might also consider talking with Andreas Lilja’s physician who helped him get back on the road to recovery from post concussion syndromes a couple of years back.  Best of luck and get well soon!!

  21. Patrick! You presence on the ice is most certainly missed by Hockeytown, USA. Best wishes on your recovery. With a work ethic like yours, it must be frustrating trying to get back on the ice. Just know that we miss you and look forward to your return. I’m sure the Joe will be rockin’ when it happens.

  22. Patrick, you have always been on of my favorite players. I miss watching you on the ice. Get well soon. Can’t wait to see you in the fall back playing! <3

  23. Hope Rueben is taking good care of you! Best wishes for a fast and full recovery, looking forward to seeing you back on the ice!!

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  25. Patrick, we hope you will get well soon and that you will be on the ice wearing the Winged Wheel sooner rather than later.  I love watching you play and you’ve got great hockey sense.  Get well soon and Let’s Go Red Wings!

  26. Dear PEaves, Hope you’re improving daily. Remember that Sid came back and you’re a hell of a lot tougher than that bitch. Can’t wait to see you in the Winged Wheel next year.

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