CALGARY - Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan has taken a personal leave from the team following the death of his newborn son.
The Flames said in a release that Emmerson Stajan died on Monday following childbirth.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Katie and Matt at this difficult time," the Flames said in a statement. "We appreciate that everyone has and will continue to respect their privacy during this period."
Stajan signed a four-year extension with the Flames earlier this year. He has 10 goals and 13 assists in 52 games this season.
The Flames said a private memorial service will be held in the coming days.
[Stamkos] is a great teammate and a great leader, that's why he's got the 'C'. He brings that tremendous work ethic to the rink and he's one of the top players in the game. I know if I put the passes where they are supposed to be, there's a very good chance he's going to put it in the back of the net.
— Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin
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