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Eric Staal
NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: October 29, 1984  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CAR / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (2nd overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Staal is the Hurricanes' runaway leader in goals, plus-minus and shots this season and was at the top of most offensive categories for the Hurricanes in 2007-08, leading the club in goals (38), assists (44), points (82), power-play goals (14), game-winning goals (seven) and shots (310). <br /> <br /> Staal appeared in all 82 games for the third consecutive season in 2007-08 and extended his consecutive games played streak to 254, the longest since the team's relocation to North Carolina in 1997 and the second-longest in franchise history. Staal has missed just one game in four and a half NHL seasons. <br /> <br /> Staal tallied a team-leading three points (two goals, one assist) to earn MVP honors as the Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference, 8-7, in the 2008 NHL All-Star Game in Atlanta. Staal's first goal opened the scoring for the East, tying the game, 1-1, at 1:20 of the first period. His second goal tied the game, 7-7, at 12:35 of the third period and he earned an assist on Marc Savard's game-winning goal at 19:39. <br /> <br /> During Carolina's Stanley Cup run in 2006, Staal became the second-youngest playoff scoring leader in the League's modern era with 28 points (nine goals, 19 assists) in 25 games. The only one younger than Staal (21 years, eight months) was Detroit's Gordie Howe in 1949 (21 years, 16 days). <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On his late-December scoring binge: &quot;For me, it's about making sure my legs are churning and knowing that when they are, things just start to happen. Then it's just about reacting. That's what I've tried to focus on -- making sure I'm working my tail off in practice and working my tail off in games.&quot; <br /> <br /> On his plans for the new car he won as MVP at last year's All-Star Game: &quot;I'm not sure, I haven't really thought about it too much. Maybe the parents. I was saying to the guys on the ice if I do give it to my parents, I would for sure be the favorite of the family for at least a little while.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Hurricanes forward Sergei Samsonov: &quot;He's a true superstar in this league. He's a young superstar. To me, he's in the same league as [Alex] Ovechkin and [Sidney] Crosby. He does it all. He's not a one-dimensional player. You build a team around a guy like that.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="">Staal picks up the pace</a><br /> <a href=";page=NewsPage&amp;articleid=397639">Staal Five Years Later</a><br /> <a href=";cmpid=rss">Eric's choice set Staal family agenda</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href=";id=10454">Staal feature</a><br /> <br /> <span class="txt14Strg">Career All-Star Game Statistics </span> <div id="asstatsbox" style="border: 1px solid rgb(161, 161, 161); margin: 4px 0px; padding: 0px; float: left; width: 660px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"> <table width="100%" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="2" border="0" class="asstat"> <tbody> <tr class="headrw"> <td>SEASON</td> <td>TEAM</td> <td>Score</td> <td>R</td> <td align="center">GP</td> <td align="center">G</td> <td align="center">A</td> <td align="center">PTS</td> <td align="center">+/-</td> <td align="center">PIM</td> <td align="center">PP</td> <td align="center">SH</td> <td align="center">GW</td> <td align="center">SOG</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2006-07</td> <td>East</td> <td>9-12</td> <td>L</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">2</td> </tr> <tr> <td>2007-08</td> <td>East</td> <td>8-7</td> <td>W</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">2</td> </tr> <tr class="totrw"> <td colspan="4">All-Star Totals</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">3</td> <td align="center">1</td> <td align="center">4</td> <td align="center">2</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center">0</td> <td align="center" class="right">4</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <script type="text/javascript">jQuery(function(){ jQuery('#asstatsbox').corner('6px'); });</script>
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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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