Barons forward Jordan Eberle is returning to Canada this week where he will have his jersey retired by the Regina. The Pats were the junior team where he developed into a player that would later become the Edmonton Oilers’ first-round pick in 2008, the 22nd overall pick.
“It’s quite the honor,” Eberle said. “It was totally unexpected when they announced it this summer. I was pretty shocked. Usually it’s something you never worry about while you’re still playing hockey. It will be a great night. All my family is coming down. I know they’ll enjoy it.”
Starting his career at age 15 in Regina, his hometown in Saskatchewan, Eberle played in 254 games in four seasons with the Pats.
Eberle scored 310 points with the Pats, including 155 goals. His top season was his final season ago when at age 18 Eberle scored 106 points in 57 games — 50 goals and 56 assists.
“I wrote a speech,” Eberle said. “I’ve gotten better at public speaking. I’ve spoken at a couple of banquets and obviously my charity but nothing to this magnitude. It should be fun.”