Anaheim Ducks forward Patrick Eaves has been diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome, the team announced Monday.
The 33-year-old was in intensive care and is still hospitalized in Newport Beach, although the good news is that his condition has stabilized.
“I’m on the road to recovery,” Eaves said in a statement. “I’ve received tremendous amount of support over the last few days, most importantly from my family, friends and teammates. I’m determined to fully overcome this and return to the ice as soon as possible.”
The disorder was discovered last week by specialists Dr. Robert Watkins Sr. and Dr. Danny Benmoshe.
Guillain–Barré syndrome is defined as a disorder in which the immune system attacks the peripheral nervous system. It is a rapid onset condition manifestation of muscle weakness, with symptoms typically beginning in the feet or hands. The symptoms can develop over the course of just a few hours and the cause is thus far unknown.
The good news for Eaves is that his condition was discovered early and treatment is entirely possible, although his career is certainly on hold for now.
“Our sole focus at this time is on Patrick’s general health and wellbeing,” Ducks general manager Bob Murray said. “What defines Patrick Eaves is his strength of character and that will serve him well in his recovery.”
Eaves has skated in two games this season and has one goal with three shots on target. He has 13 seasons of NHL experience under his belt and was drafted in 2003 by the Ottawa Senators, going late in the first round.
Eaves joined Anaheim in February after a stint in Dallas and posted 11 goals in 20 games in his new digs. He missed the final 10 games of the season due to injury, but 2016-2017 marked a career-high total in goals with 32 between the Stars and Ducks.
Eaves re-signed with Anaheim in June, inking a three-year deal rather than testing free agency. The Ducks have him pegged for a top six forward role.
The Calgary native has 242 points in 626 career games with the Ducks, Stars, Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Carolina Hurricanes, and Senators. In 83 playoff games, Eaves has 11 goals and a dozen assists for a total of 23 points.