Regina, SK, Canada (4E Sports) – In recognition of his memorable and outstanding career, the Regina Pats retired Edmonton Oilers’ right wing Jordan Eberle’s No. 7 jersey during a pre-game ceremony at Brandt Center.
The Edmonton Oilers star stopped several times during his speech to control his emotions while recalling the help he received from family members, teammates, coaches and others on his way to the WHL and the NHL.
The ceremony became more special for Eberle as his grandparents were around to witness the event, along with his parents and siblings.
“I’m not an emotional person at all,” Eberle told the Reginian Post after the ceremony. “Maybe on the ice I am, especially if we lose or we win. I didn’t think I would get emotional as the banner rose, but it was definitely surreal to see that.”
Eberle was the ninth player to have his jersey retired by the Pats, joining Mike Sillinger, Ed Staniowski, Brad Hornung, Clark Gillies, Doug Wickenheiser, Dennis Sobchuk, Dale Derkatch and Bill Hicke.
Before Eberle was drafted 22nd overall by the Oilers in 2008, the 22-year-old displayed his wares in the Western Hockey League with the Pats for four years.
After a four-year career with the Pats, Eberle recorded 155 goals and 155 assists for 310 points in 254 regular-season games.
In between, Eberle also made a mark with the Canadian hockey team. In 2009, Eberle hit of the biggest goals in Team Canada history — a last-second, game-tying marker against Russia in the semifinals — before adding another in the shootout.
Led by Eberle, Canada went on to beat Sweden in the final, claiming its fifth straight gold medal.
The next year in Saskatoon, Eberle scored two goals in the final three minutes of the gold-medal final against the U.S. to become Canada’s all-time leading scorer but lost in overtime.
Eberle, however, bounced back when he returned to the Pats, scoring 50 goals and 106 points in just 50 games to earn the WHL and CHL player of the year awards.