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Eric Staal leaves Team Canada after death of his grandfather

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HALIFAX - Eric Staal has left the Canadian team at the IIHF World Hockey Championship after the death of his grandfather.

He travelled back to Thunder Bay, Ont., today and will attend the funeral Wednesday. Staal will miss Wednesday's quarter-final game against Norway but will rejoin the team in Quebec City for the semifinals if it advances.

Teenager Sam Gagner will dress in his place against the Norwegians.

He is Canada's extra forward at this tournament and has watched the first six games from the press box.

Staal won gold at last year's world championship and had four goals and seven points in six games here.

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