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Family reunion important for Marc Staal

by Dan Rosen /
Eric Staal is more than just a part of the host team here this weekend. He's also hosting most of his family and the Staal clan is treating it as a family reunion, minus Jared, the youngest brother who is playing in the ECHL.

Even Penguins center Jordan Staal came down for the weekend despite not having a spot in the NHL's event.

"It is pretty special," Rangers defenseman Marc Staal told "We don't really get to see each other unless it's during the summers when we get together. It's pretty cool we're all here this weekend. It'll be pretty special with the game, the skills competition, the draft. I know my parents are enjoying it and we will too. It should be fun."

Marc said one of the most important parts of the weekend is he and Jordan are getting to see their nephew, Eric's son 19-month-old son Parker.

Parker doesn't get to see his hockey-playing uncles too much, but he's getting a lot of face time with Jordan and Marc this weekend.

"I haven't seen him since the summer and he was about a year and a bit then," Marc said. "He was just starting to walk when I saw him then and now he's running around and trying to talk but can't. It's pretty cool. It's good to see him again."

Does he recognize you and Jordan?

"He doesn't recognize us, but he's not a very shy kid so he's not scared of anybody," Marc said.
Marc has already been to two All-Star Weekends, but both times he was there as part of the YoungStars Game. This is the first time he's part of the big show.
So, what does he want to get out of the weekend?

"I want to win a car. That's what I want," he said, referring to the prize the All-Star Game MVP traditionally goes home with. "Eric got one (Atlanta, 2008) so I want one now."

Good answer, but that's all?

"I'm just going to enjoy it myself, take it all in," he said. "You never know if you're going to be back or when you're going to be back so you're just going to enjoy it as much as you can…and win a car."
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