The Info List - Jordan Staal

Jordan Staal
Jordan Staal
(born September 10, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and co-captain of the Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
of the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
(NHL). He is regarded as one of the NHL's premier penalty-killers, both for his strong defensive skills, along with his scoring touch that makes him a threat for shorthanded goals. Staal grew up playing minor hockey for the Thunder Bay
Thunder Bay
Kings AAA organization. After his minor midget year, Staal was selected in the first round (2nd overall) by the Peterborough Petes. He was the second Staal on the NHL, after older brother Eric was drafted second overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After a two-year Ontario
Hockey League (OHL) career, in which he won a J. Ross Robertson Cup
J. Ross Robertson Cup
and appeared in the 2006 Memorial Cup
2006 Memorial Cup
with the Peterborough Petes, Staal was drafted second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. He made the immediate jump from junior to the NHL after being drafted and set several NHL records in his rookie season, including youngest player to score on a penalty shot, to score two shorthanded goals in one game, to score a hat trick, and the most shorthanded goals by a rookie in one season. Staal was also a Calder Memorial Trophy
Calder Memorial Trophy
nominee and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team. Among his former Penguins teammates, Staal was known as "Gronk." The nickname, which is a reference to the Marvel comic book supervillain, was given to him by former Penguins teammate Colby Armstrong, because of his strong and large on-ice presence.[2] Staal won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins in 2009, scoring two goals and an assist in the seven-game series against the Detroit Red Wings. One year prior, he lost the 2008 finals against the same Red Wings. Jordan Staal
Jordan Staal
is one of four brothers playing professional hockey in the NHL. The eldest, Eric, also played for (and captained) the Hurricanes until February 28, 2016, and the youngest brother, Jared, made his NHL debut on April 25, 2013, on a line together with Jordan and Eric.[3] The second-eldest, Marc, plays defence for the New York Rangers.


1 Junior career

1.1 Peterborough Petes

2 Professional career

2.1 Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
(2006–2012) 2.2 Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes

3 International play 4 Personal life 5 Awards 6 Records 7 Career statistics

7.1 Regular season and playoffs 7.2 International

8 References 9 External links

Junior career[edit] Peterborough Petes[edit] Staal played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
(OHL) with the Peterborough Petes
Peterborough Petes
for two seasons, beginning in 2004–05 after having been selected third overall in the 2004 OHL Priority Draft.[4] In his second year with the club, he produced at a point-per-game pace with 28 goals and 68 points in 68 games before adding 16 points in the playoffs to help lead Peterborough to the J. Ross Robertson Cup
J. Ross Robertson Cup
as OHL champions. Earning a berth in the 2006 Memorial Cup, the Petes did not, however, make it past the round-robin. During the course of the 2005–06 season, Staal was also selected to play in the 2006 CHL Top Prospects Game. Going into the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Staal was ranked second among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, behind Erik Johnson of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.[4] He went on to be drafted second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins, behind Johnson, who was selected by the St. Louis Blues. Jordan became the third among the four Staal brothers
Staal brothers
to be drafted into the NHL after his older brothers Marc and Eric, who was also selected second overall. Professional career[edit] Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
(2006–2012)[edit] Staal was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Penguins on October 2, 2006,[5] and made the immediate jump from junior to the NHL in 2006–07 at the age of 18. He scored his first NHL goal on October 12, a shorthanded breakway marker against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist
Henrik Lundqvist
in a 6–5 win.[6] Later that month, on October 21, Staal set a pair of NHL records with a two-goal effort against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In addition to becoming the youngest player to record a two-goal game since Bep Guidolin of the Boston Bruins
Boston Bruins
did so at the age of 18 years and 12 days on December 21, 1943, Staal also scored both his goals on the penalty kill, becoming the youngest player to record two shorthanded goals in one game (surpassing Radek Dvořák
Radek Dvořák
of the Florida Panthers, who did so at 20 years and 278 days on December 12, 1997). Having scored his second shorthanded marker on a penalty shot, Staal additionally became the youngest player to score on a penalty shot, surpassing Nathan Horton, who scored with Florida at 18 years and 224 days on January 8, 2004.[7] Early in Staal's rookie season, however, there was still speculation that he would be returned to his junior team before playing his 10th game to avoid allowing him to accrue a full season under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.[8] Due to his strong play, however, particularly on the penalty-kill, the Penguins chose to keep him for the remainder of the season.[9] Staal, along with fellow rookie Evgeni Malkin joined superstar Sidney Crosby, who had himself only entered his second NHL season, and goaltender Marc-André Fleury
Marc-André Fleury
to form an effective young nucleus that revived the Penguins franchise.

With the Penguins in 2007.

In January 2007, Staal participated in the NHL YoungStars Game during the All-Star festivities, along with teammates Ryan Whitney
Ryan Whitney
and Malkin.[10] Shortly thereafter, on February 10, 2007, Staal scored his first NHL career hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
and set yet another NHL record by becoming the youngest player in league history to score a hat trick at 18 years and 153 days. His first goal came at 19:22 in the first period, the second came at 3:32 in the second, and his third was the game winner, as he beat Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft stick-side at 3:54 in overtime. The previous mark had been held for over sixty years by Jack Hamilton, who achieved a four-goal game at 18 years and 185 days old with the Maple Leafs against the New York Rangers on December 4, 1943.[11] Then, late in the season, on March 6, Staal scored his league-leading seventh shorthanded goal of the season to break the previous league record for shorthanded tallies by a rookie, set by Gerry Minor of the Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks
in 1980–81 and matched by John Madden in 1999–2000. The goal cued a late third period comeback for the Penguins to win 5–4 in a shootout against the Ottawa Senators.[12] Staal completed his rookie season with 29 goals, second in rookie goal-scoring to teammate Malkin, and 42 points for a Calder Memorial Trophy nomination. The award was given to Malkin, while Staal finished third in voting, behind first runner-up Paul Stastny
Paul Stastny
of the Colorado Avalanche.[13] Staal also joined Malkin and Stastny on the NHL All-Rookie Team.

Staal faces off against Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals
centre Sergei Fedorov during the 2009 playoffs.

The next season, in 2007–08, however, Staal's production suffered a setback, managing just 12 goals and 28 points. Regardless, he was an integral part of the Penguins' 2008 playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Playing in the semi-finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, Staal briefly left the Penguins to attend his grandfather's funeral during the series, but returned for a two-goal game four effort, in which he cued a near-comeback in the third period to cut the Flyers lead to 3–2.[14] The Penguins were eventually defeated 4–2, but managed to eliminate the Flyers the following game. As the Penguins made their first Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
Final appearance since 1992, the last time they won the Stanley Cup, they were defeated in six games by the Red Wings. Staal contributed 6 goals and 1 assist during the playoff run. Early in the 2008–09 season, the Penguins and Red Wings met for the first time since the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
series on November 11, 2008. With the Penguins down by three goals in the third period, Staal notched his second career NHL hat trick to tie the game, then set up Ruslan Fedotenko's overtime winner to defeat the Red Wings 7–6.[15] On December 2, 2008, he was named to the rotating position of alternate captain for the Penguins for the month of December.[16] The following month, on January 8, 2009, the Penguins announced that they had extended Staal's contract through the 2012–13 season. Terms of the contract were for $16 million, payable as $3.5 million for the first two seasons, and then $4.5 million for the last two years, resulting in a $4 million salary cap hit.[17] He completed the season bouncing back from the decreased production of his sophomore year with a career-high 27 assists and 49 points.

Staal during the Penguins' Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
parade in June 2009

On June 12, 2009, Staal and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings
Detroit Red Wings
2–1 at the Joe Louis Arena. Staal had two goals and an assist in the seven-game series, and scored a shorthanded goal that was a pivotal point in Game 4 of the series.

Staal with the Penguins in 2011

At the end of the regular season, Staal was named as one of the three finalists for the Selke Trophy along with Pavel Datsyuk
Pavel Datsyuk
and Ryan Kesler, awarded annually to the best defensive forward in the league.[18] On April 30, 2010, Staal injured his right leg after his foot was sliced by Montreal Canadiens
Montreal Canadiens
defenceman P. K. Subban's skate. He had to undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon on top of his big toe. During this injury, Staal ended up missing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the Canadiens, the first game Staal had missed in a Penguins uniform since his rookie season – a streak of 358 consecutive games played including the playoffs.[1] Staal missed the entire first month of October, still recovering from foot surgery. Then, on November 1, just two days before he was to make his season debut, he was struck by a puck in practice, fracturing his hand and sidelining him again for surgery. Staal finally made his season debut at the NHL Winter Classic
NHL Winter Classic
on January 1, 2011.[19] On April 18, 2012, Staal registered his first playoff hat trick against the Philadelphia Flyers
Philadelphia Flyers
in a 10–3 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. He would finish the series with six goals as the Penguins lost to the Flyers in six games, their second consecutive first round playoff exit. Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
(2012–present)[edit] Staal was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
in exchange for Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin
Brian Dumoulin
and the Hurricanes' eighth overall selection at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft
NHL Entry Draft
(which the Penguins used to select Derrick Pouliot) on June 22, 2012.[20] On July 1, 2012, Staal signed a ten-year, $60 million extension with the Hurricanes. He had received exactly the same offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
but declined it.[21] On September 23, 2014, Staal broke his right leg in a pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres.[22] Staal, along with Justin Faulk, was named co-captain of the Hurricanes, on October 5, 2017.[23] International play[edit]

Medal record

Representing  Canada

Ice hockey

World Championships

2007 Moscow

Staal made his international debut with Team Canada at the 2007 World Championships in Moscow. Named to the team following the Penguins' first-round playoff defeat, he joined brother Eric to help Canada capture the gold medal by defeating Finland 4–2 in the final. In nine games, Staal contributed two assists. Personal life[edit] Main article: Staal brothers Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Staal grew up playing ice hockey with his three brothers on an outdoor rink built by their father Henry.[4] All of the Staal brothers
Staal brothers
have played in the NHL. Older brothers Eric, drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
in 2003, and Marc, drafted by the New York Rangers
New York Rangers
in 2005, both play with Jordan in the NHL, while younger brother Jared was drafted in 2008 by the Phoenix Coyotes, has played 2 NHL games and is currently playing for the Edinburgh Capitals EIHL team.[24] Before becoming teammates in Carolina, Jordan and Eric have played together on one occasion prior, as part of Team Canada's 2007 World Championship gold medal-winning team, while also competing against each other in the NHL, including their high-profile matchup in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals. He has also met Marc's New York Rangers in the 2008 playoffs. Jordan has eliminated his brothers with the Penguins in both instances. Jordan has become the second brother to win a Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
(Pittsburgh 2009) behind older brother Eric (Carolina 2006). In the summer of 2007, Jordan was arrested at Eric's bachelor party. Both were charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process, while spending the night in jail. Jordan was also cited with underage drinking.[25][26] On June 22, 2012, Staal married longtime girlfriend Heather Dysievick. On January 2, 2015, they gave birth their first child Abigail and on July 5, 2016, they gave birth their second child Lilah. The couple gave birth to their third child, Hannah on February 22, 2018. On February 24, 2018, it was revealed that Hannah, had died.[27] Awards[edit]

Staal receives the Player's Player Award, April 2010.

OHL All-Star – 2006 Played in CHL Top Prospects Game
CHL Top Prospects Game
– 2006 Shared Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Michel Brière Rookie of the Year Award with Evgeni Malkin
Evgeni Malkin
– 2007 Calder Memorial Trophy
Calder Memorial Trophy
finalist – 2007 NHL All-Rookie Team – 2007 Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
Player's Player Award – 2010 Frank J. Selke Trophy
Frank J. Selke Trophy
finalist – 2010 Stanley Cup
Stanley Cup
with the Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
– 2009


NHL record; youngest player to score two shorthanded goals in one game – October 21, 2006, against the Columbus Blue Jackets (18 years, 41 days; surpassed Radek Dvořák
Radek Dvořák
of the Florida Panthers; 20 years, 278 days on December 12, 1997) NHL record; youngest player to score on a penalty shot – (18 years, 41 days; surpassed Nathan Horton
Nathan Horton
of the Florida Panthers; 18 years, 224 days on January 8, 2004) NHL record; youngest player to score a hat trick – February 10, 2007, against the Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Maple Leafs
(18 years, 153 days; surpassed Jack Hamilton of the Toronto Maple Leafs; 18 years, 185 days old on December 4, 1943) NHL record; most short-handed goals by a rookie, in 2006–07 (7 shorthanded goals; surpassed Gerry Minor of the Vancouver Canucks
Vancouver Canucks
in 1980–81 and John Madden in 1999–2000; 6 shorthanded goals)

Career statistics[edit] Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season


Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM

2004–05 Peterborough Petes OHL 66 9 19 28 29 14 5 5 10 16

2005–06 Peterborough Petes OHL 68 28 40 68 69 19 10 6 16 16

2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 29 13 42 24 5 3 0 3 2

2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 12 16 28 55 20 6 1 7 14

2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 22 27 49 37 24 4 5 9 8

2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 21 28 49 57 11 3 2 5 6

2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 11 19 30 24 7 1 2 3 2

2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 62 25 25 50 34 6 6 3 9 2

2012–13 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 48 10 21 31 32 — — — — —

2013–14 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 15 25 40 34 — — — — —

2014–15 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 46 6 18 24 14 — — — — —

2015–16 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 82 20 28 48 34 — — — — —

2016–17 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 75 16 29 45 38 — — — — —

NHL totals 764 187 249 436 383 73 23 13 36 34


Year Team Event Result


2005 Canada Ontario U17 4th 6 3 4 7 4

2006 Canada IH18 01 ! 5 1 1 2 12

2007 Canada WC 01 ! 9 0 2 2 0

2013 Canada WC 5th 8 1 2 3 4

Junior totals 11 4 5 9 16

Senior totals 17 1 4 5 4


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External links[edit]

Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database

Awards and achievements

Preceded by Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Pittsburgh Penguins
first round draft pick 2006 Succeeded by Angelo Esposito

Preceded by Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Carolina Hurricanes
captain 2017–present with Justin Faulk Succeeded by Incumbent

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