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Hurricanes grant Staal leave of absence @NHL
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.
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