RALEIGH, NC —
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes
, today announced that the team has granted forward Eric Staal
a leave of absence following the death of his wife Tanya’s sister, Tamara Stephenson. Stephenson, 26, passed away in Thunder Bay, Ont., on Tuesday following a long fight with cancer.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Tanya and Eric during this difficult time for their family," said Rutherford.