Mark Eaton is in his fifth season with the Chicago Blackhawks and his third as Director of Player Development. In his current role, Eaton oversees the development of all Blackhawks prospects at both the amateur and minor-league professional levels in North America and Europe. Alongside the club's development coaches, Eaton works specifically with each prospect, on and off the ice, to develop all facets of their game. He previously served as a development coach for defensemen.
Eaton appeared in 650 National Hockey League games over parts of 13 seasons with Philadelphia, Nashville, Pittsburgh and the New York Islanders from 1999 to 2013, registering 85 points (24G, 61A) over that span. He recorded 13 points (4G, 9A) in 68 career postseason contests and won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with Pittsburgh.
Prior to his professional career, the Wilmington, Del., native played for the University of Notre Dame during the 1997-98 season. Eaton tallied 29 points (12G, 17A) and was named the team's top defenseman, in addition to being honored as the Central Collegiate Hockey Association's Rookie of the Year.