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Jordan Staal
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With the Hurricanes in 2013.
Born September 10, 1988 (1988-09-10) (age 32)
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2006
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2006–present

Jordan Staal (born September 10, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is regarded as one of the NHL's premier penalty-killers, both for his strong defensive skills, along with his scoring touch that makes him a threat for shorthanded goals.

Staal grew up playing minor hockey for the Thunder Bay Kings AAA organization. After his minor midget year, Staal was selected in the first round (2nd overall) by the Peterborough Petes. He was the second Staal on the NHL, after older brother Eric was drafted second overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. After a two-year Ontario Hockey League (OHL) career, in which he won a J. Ross Robertson Cup and appeared in the 2006 Memorial Cup with the Peterborough Petes, Staal was drafted second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

He made the immediate jump from junior to the NHL after being drafted and set several NHL records in his rookie season, including youngest player to score on a penalty shot, to score two shorthanded goals in one game, to score a hat trick, and the most shorthanded goals by a rookie in one season. Staal was also a Calder Memorial Trophy nominee and was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team.

Among his former Penguins teammates, Staal was known as "Gronk." The nickname, a reference to a Marvel comic book supervillain, was given to him by former Penguins teammate Colby Armstrong, because of his strong on-ice presence. Staal won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins in 2009, scoring two goals and an assist in the seven-game series against the Detroit Red Wings. One year prior, he lost the 2008 finals against the same Red Wings.

Jordan Staal is one of four brothers playing professional hockey in the NHL. The eldest, Eric, also played for (and captained) the Hurricanes until February 28, 2016, and the youngest brother, Jared, made his NHL debut on April 25, 2013, on a line together with Jordan and Eric. The second-eldest, Marc, plays defence for the New York Rangers.



  • NHL record; youngest player to score two shorthanded goals in one game - October 21, 2006 against the Columbus Blue Jackets (&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.&&&&&041 days; surpassed Radek Dvořák of the Florida Panthers; 20 years, 278 days on December 12, 1997)
  • NHL record; youngest player to score on a penalty shot - (&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&&041.&&&&&041 days; surpassed Nathan Horton of the Florida Panthers; 18 years, 224 days on January 8, 2004)
  • NHL record; youngest player to score a hat trick - February 10, 2007 against the Toronto Maple Leafs (&&&&&&&&&&&&&018.&&&&&018 years, &&&&&&&&&&&&0153.&&&&&0153 days; surpassed Jack Hamilton of the Toronto Maple Leafs; 18 years, 185 days old on December 4, 1943)
  • NHL record; most short-handed goals by a rookie, in 2006–07 (7 shorthanded goals; surpassed Gerry Minor of the Vancouver Canucks in 1980–81 and John Madden in 1999–00; 6 shorthanded goals)

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