Getting to Know Edmonton Oilers’ Jordan Eberle
Jordan Eberle was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, but his love of the game and desire to play began at the tender age of three when his parents signed him up to play. In March 2009, Jordan signed an entry-level contract with Edmonton for three years. He scored his first NHL goal on the same night he made his NHL debut against Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff on October 7, 2010. He also had an assist and was named the game’s first start.
At his height, depending on where you look he’s listed from 5’10 – 6′, he’s considered small among the hockey world so it would come as no surprise that he worked hard not to have it become a weakness and styled his game of hockey similar to that of his favorite player, someone who is familiar with working hard in spite of his short stature, Martin St. Louis. Eberle’s size eventually became something he was motivated by.
According to Hockey’sFuture (HF), Eberle does not fit the typical mold of a Canadian-born player in that he’s not very physical but he does make up for that with a talent for handling the puck. HF’s player profile reports that strength and speed are areas that he would need to improve on and is something I’m sure he’ll acquire playing at the NHL level as he is.
Jordan was born in Regina, Saskatchewan to parents Darren and Lisa Eberle. He moved around with his family a few times and at age 14, he moved to Calgary, Alberta, but ended up returning to his hometown, Regina, to play junior hockey for the Regina Pats while attending high school at Archbishop M.C. O’Neill High School. Hockey is in Eberle’s family and the Pats have played a big role in that. His cousin, Derek Eberle played for Regina from 1990-1993 while his brother, Dustin, was drafted by Regina in the 12th round (248th overall) in the 2007 WHL Bantam Draft.
His middle name is Leslie, his nickname is “Ebs” and he wears number 27 because his favorite number, seven, was already taken in Regina. He’s part of the “Nike Training” team.