BC hockey alumnus and BCI favorite Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with what medical professionals believe to be Guillain-Barré syndrome after missing a number of games due to feeling weak and ill. Eaves, who left BC at the end of the 2004-05 season, is currently under contract with the Ducks. He recently wrapped up the best season of his NHL career, scoring 32 goals and recording 51 points.
Guillain-Barré syndrome is a disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the peripheral nervous system which results in severe muscle weakness, and can include isolated eye movement and/or coordination issues.
Eaves was moved out of the ICU over the weekend and is expected to make a full recovery. It is unknown whether or not he will recover enough to return to the ice and there is no timetable for his recovery.
This has been a tough year for BC hockey stars - Eaves’ diagnosis comes on the heels of fellow BC hockey alumni Brian Boyle’s announcement that thankfully his leukemia treatment is progressing well after being diagnosed this summer and that he has been cleared for practice.