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.
There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.
— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp