NHL

Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Staal bros. hope Olys are family affair

  • Print

CALGARY -- One Staal brother is a good bet to be on Canada's Olympic hockey team next February. Two others are in the running.

Eric, Marc and Jordan Staal from Thunder Bay, Ont., were among the 47 players invited to the Olympic orientation camp in Calgary that ended Wednesday.

"It's pretty surreal that you're looking out with this group of players and two of them are your brothers," Marc said.

The siblings wore the first initial of their first names along with the Staal surname on the back of their camp T-shirts. It's possible three Canadian jerseys will bear their name at the Sochi Olympics in February.

"I think it would be pretty special not only for our family, but our hometown of Thunder Bay in general," Eric said. "For all three of us to have the opportunity, it's pretty cool and something we're all striving to do."

Eric won hockey gold at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Barring any setbacks from a knee injury suffered at the world championship in May, that experience should give the 28-year-old Carolina Hurricanes captain leverage to wear the maple leaf again.

Marc is a 26-year-old New York Rangers defenceman. Jordan, 24, is Eric's teammate with the Hurricanes.

A fourth Staal brother, Jared, is a Hurricanes prospect and played on a line with Eric and Jordan in a game last season. The 23-year-old forward has yet to become a full-time NHL player.

Forwards Eric and Jordan have the skating and puck skills to excel on the big ice. They were Canadian teammates who won gold at the 2007 world championships and represented Canada again this year in Stockholm.

Jordan has penalty-killing prowess and a scoring touch that makes him a short-handed scoring threat.

Marc is a shut-down defenceman with a long reach. He won a pair of gold medals at the world junior hockey championships of 2006 and 2007. But of the three brothers, his chances of participating in the Winter Olympics are murkier. He suffered a small tear in his right eye when a puck struck him in the face March 5. Marc missed 27 regular-season games and 11 playoff games. The eye won't be 100 per cent, but he doesn't believe it will hinder his return to form.

"It was more of just adapting to the depth perception and things like that when I was coming back," Marc said. "It just wasn't clicking when I was trying to come back in the playoffs there. But with the time off and the training now, everything's back to normal and I'm feeling really good."

 

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2013 D2

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Stuary Murray announces musical RightsFest for CMHR opening weekend

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Canada Goose cools off in a water pond Monday afternoon at Brookside Cemetary- See Bryksa’s Goose a day Challenge– Day 27-June 25, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • A goose heads for shade in the sunshine Friday afternoon at Woodsworth Park in Winnipeg - Day 26– June 22, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Who are the real Bombers?

View Results

Ads by Google