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Jordan Staal
Born (1988-09-10)September 10, 1988,
Thunder Bay, ON, CAN
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Carolina Hurricanes
Pittsburgh Penguins
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada
NHL Draft 2nd overall, 2006
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2006–present

Jordan Lee Staal (born September 10, 1988) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player and alternate captain for the Pittsburgh Penguins 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 1st round (3rd overall) by the Peterborough Petes. 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 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 Penguins teammates, Staal is known as "Gronk". The nickname, which is a reference to the Marvel comic book supervillain, was given to him by former Penguins teammate Colby Armstrong, because of his strong and large on-ice presence.[1]

Staal is one of four brothers playing professional hockey in North America, three of whom are in the NHL, including Eric of the Carolina Hurricanes, and Marc of the New York Rangers. The youngest brother Jared signed with the Carolina Hurricanes on May 29, 2010, but has yet to actually play an NHL game and is now playing for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL.

Playing career

Peterborough Petes

Staal played major junior in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) with the Peterborough Petes for two seasons, beginning in 2004–05 after having been selected third overall in the 2004 OHL Priority Draft.[2] In his second year with the club, he produced at a point-per-game pace with 28 goals and 68 points in 68 games before adding 16 points in the playoffs to help lead Peterborough to the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL champions. Earning a berth in the 2006 Memorial Cup, the Petes did not, however, make it past the round-robin. During the course of the 2005–06 season, Staal was also selected to play in the 2006 CHL Top Prospects Game.

Going into the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Staal was ranked second among North American skaters by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau, behind Erik Johnson of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.[2] He went on to be drafted second overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins, behind Johnson, who was selected by the St. Louis Blues. Jordan became the third among the four Staal brothers to be drafted into the NHL after his older brothers Marc and Eric, who was also selected second overall.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Staal was signed to a three-year, entry-level contract by the Penguins on October 2, 2006,[3] and made the immediate jump from junior to the NHL in 2006–07 at the age of 18. He scored his first NHL goal on October 12, a shorthanded breakway marker against New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in a 6–5 win.[4] Later that month, on October 21, Staal set a pair of NHL records with a two-goal effort against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In addition to becoming the youngest player to record a two-goal game since Bep Guidolin of the Boston Bruins did so at the age of 18 years and 12 days on December 21, 1943, Staal also scored both his goals on the penalty kill, becoming the youngest player to record two shorthanded goals in one game (surpassing Radek Dvorak of the Florida Panthers, who did so at 20 years and 278 days on December 12, 1997). Having scored his second shorthanded marker on a penalty shot, Staal additionally became the youngest player to score on a penalty shot, surpassing Nathan Horton, who scored with Florida at 18 years and 224 days on January 8, 2004.[5]

Early in Staal's rookie season, however, there was still speculation that he would be returned to his junior team before playing his 10th game to avoid allowing him to accrue a full season under the NHL's collective bargaining agreement.[6] However, due to his strong play, particularly on the penalty-kill, the Penguins chose to keep him for the remainder of the season.[7] Staal, along with fellow rookie Evgeni Malkin joined superstar Sidney Crosby, who had himself only entered his second NHL season, and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to form an effective young nucleus that revived the Penguins franchise.

In January 2007, Staal participated in the NHL YoungStars Game during the All-Star festivities, along with teammates Ryan Whitney and Malkin.[8] Shortly thereafter, on February 10, 2007, Staal scored his first NHL career hat trick against the Toronto Maple Leafs and set yet another NHL record by becoming the youngest player in league history to score a hat trick at 18 years and 153 days. His first goal came at 19:22 in the first period, the second came at 3:32 in the second, and his third was the game winner, as he beat Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft stick-side at 3:54 in overtime. The previous mark had been held for over sixty years by Jack Hamilton, who achieved a four-goal game at 18 years and 185 days old with the Maple Leafs against the New York Rangers on December 4, 1943.[9] Then, late in the season, on March 6, Staal scored his league-leading seventh shorhanded goal of the season to break the previous league record for shorthanded tallies by a rookie, set by Gerry Minor of the Vancouver Canucks in 1980–81 and matched by John Madden in 1999–2000. The goal cued a late third period comeback for the Penguins to win 5–4 in a shootout against the Ottawa Senators.[10]

Staal completed his rookie season with 29 goals, second in rookie goal-scoring to teammate Malkin, and 42 points for a Calder Memorial Trophy nomination. The award was given to Malkin, while Staal finished third in voting, behind first runner-up Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche.[11] Staal also joined Malkin and Stastny on the NHL All-Rookie Team.

Staal faces off against Washington Capitals centre Sergei Fedorov during the 2009 playoffs.

The next season, in 2007–08, however, Staal's production suffered a setback, managing just 12 goals and 28 points. Regardless, he was an integral part of the Penguins' 2008 playoff run to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings. Playing in the semi-finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, Staal briefly left the Penguins to attend his grandfather's funeral during the series, but returned for a two-goal game four effort, in which he cued a near-comeback in the third period to cut the Flyers lead to 3–2. The Penguins were eventually defeated 4–2, but managed to eliminate the Flyers the following game. As the Penguins made their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1992, the last time they won the Stanley Cup, they were defeated in six games by the Red Wings. Staal contributed 6 goals and 1 assist during the playoff run.

Early in the 2008–09 season, the Penguins and Red Wings met for the first time since the Stanley Cup series on November 11, 2008. With the Penguins down by three goals in the third period, Staal notched his second career NHL hat trick to tie the game, then set up Ruslan Fedotenko's overtime winner to defeat the Red Wings 7–6.[12] On December 2, 2008, he was named to the rotating position of alternate captain for the Penguins for the month of December.[13] The following month, on January 8, 2009, the Penguins announced that they had extended Staal's contract through the 2012–13 season. Terms of the contract were for $16 million, payable as $3.5 million for the first two seasons, and then $4.5 million for the last two years, resulting in a $4.0 million salary cap hit.[14] He completed the season bouncing back from the decreased production of his sophomore year with a career-high 27 assists and 49 points.

Staal during the Penguins' Stanley Cup parade in June 2009

On June 12, 2009, Staal and the Penguins won the Stanley Cup when they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 2-1 at Joe Louis Arena. Staal had two goals and an assist in the seven-game series, and scored a shorthanded goal that was a pivotal point in Game 4 of the series.

At the end of the regular season, Staal was named as one of the three finalists for the Selke Trophy along with Pavel Datsyuk and Ryan Kesler, awarded annually to the best defensive forward in the league.[15] On April 30, 2010 Staal injured his right leg after his foot was sliced by Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban's skate. He had to undergo surgery to repair a torn tendon on top of his big toe. During this injury, Staal ended up missing Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Canadiens, the first game Staal had missed in a Penguins uniform since his rookie season - a streak of 358 consecutive games played including the playoffs.[2]

Staal missed the entire first month of October, still recovering from foot surgery. Then on November 1, just two days before he was to make his season debut, he was struck by a puck in practice, fracturing his hand and sidelining him again for surgery. Staal finally made his season debut at the NHL Winter Classic on January 1, 2011.[16]

International play

Medal record
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Ice hockey
World Championships
Gold 2007 Moscow

Staal made his international debut with Team Canada at the 2007 World Championships in Moscow. Named to the team following the Penguins' first-round playoff defeat, he joined brother Eric to help Canada capture the gold medal by defeating Finland 4–2 in the final. In 9 games, Staal contributed 2 assists.

Staal family

Born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Staal grew up playing ice hockey with his three brothers on an outdoor rink built by their father Henry.[2] All of the Staal brothers have been drafted into the NHL. Older brothers Eric, drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2003, and Marc, drafted by the New York Rangers in 2005, both play with Jordan in the NHL, while younger brother Jared was drafted in 2008 by the Phoenix Coyotes and is currently playing for the Hurricanes minor league team.[17]

Jordan and Eric have played together on one occasion, as part of Team Canada's 2007 World Championship gold medal-winning team, while also competing against each other in the NHL, including their high-profile matchup in the 2009 Eastern Conference Finals. He has also met Marc's New York Rangers in the 2008 playoffs. Jordan has eliminated his brothers with the Penguins in both instances. Jordan has become the second brother to win a Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh 2009) behind older brother Eric (Carolina 2006).

In the summer of 2007, Jordan was arrested at Eric's bachelor party. Eric was charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct and obstructing the legal process, while spending the night in jail. Jordan was also cited with underage drinking.[18]


Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Peterborough Petes OHL 66 9 19 28 29 14 5 5 10 16
2005–06 Peterborough Petes OHL 68 28 40 68 69 19 10 6 16 16
2006–07 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 81 29 13 42 24 5 3 0 3 2
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 12 16 28 55 20 6 1 7 14
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 22 27 49 37 24 4 5 9 8
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 82 21 28 49 57 11 3 2 5 6
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 42 11 19 30 24 7 1 2 3 2
NHL totals 369 95 103 198 197 67 17 10 27 32
OHL totals 134 37 59 96 98 33 15 11 26 32


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Canada WC 9 0 2 2 0
Int'l totals 9 0 2 2 0


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  11. Anderson, Shelly. "Crosby sweeps NHL major awards; Malkin rookie of year in big night", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2007-06-15. Retrieved on 2009-06-01. 
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  13. Anderson, Shelly. "Staal, Cooke tabbed alternate captains for December", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2008-12-03. Retrieved on 2009-06-01. 
  14. "Penguins sign Jordan Staal", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 2009-01-08. 
  15. "Datsyuk, Kesler, Jordan Staal are Selke finalists",, 2010-04-20. 
  17. Canes Acquire Jared Staal from Phoenix Coyotes Carolina Hurricanes News, May 13, 2010
  18. Decock, Luke. "Staal, younger brother arrested", News & Observer, 2007-07-25. Retrieved on 2007-07-06. Archived from the original on 2007-08-24. 

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Preceded by
Sidney Crosby
Pittsburgh Penguins first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Angelo Esposito

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