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Eric Staal
NUMBER: 12 BIRTHDATE: October 29, 1984  (AGE 29)
HEIGHT: 6' 4" BIRTHPLACE: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
WEIGHT: 205 DRAFTED: CAR / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 1st   (2nd overall)
Will be making his Olympic debut, though he served on Canada's "taxi squad" during the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino.

Competed for Canada at the 2007 and 2008 World Championships - winning a gold medal in 2007 in Moscow and silver in 2008 in Halifax/Quebec City.

On May 10, 2008, in a 10-1 rout of Germany, playing on a line with Martin St. Louis and Derek Roy, Staal became the first Canadian player to score at least four goals in a World Championship game in 15 years. Eric Lindros had five against Italy in 1993 and no one else had more than three in the time since.  

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He seemed to thrive on his own and didn't really need any push from me. I certainly don't want to get in the way of the coaches. You see how that goes sometimes. I never really worried about it and just enjoyed the ride.

— David Ekblad on his son's [Aaron Ekblad] journey to the NHL, signing with the Florida Panthers