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Staal Named 2011-12 Steve Chiasson Award Winner

Hurricanes’ captain voted by his teammates as best representing leadership and perseverance

Thursday, 04.5.2012 / 12:30 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Staal Named 2011-12 Steve Chiasson Award Winner
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that Captain Eric Staal has been voted by his teammates as the winner of the 2011-12 Steve Chiasson Award. It marks the first time that Staal has been awarded the honor, which goes annually to the player that best exemplifies determination and dedication while proving to be an inspiration to his teammates through his performance and approach to the game.

Staal, 27, leads all Carolina skaters this season with 24 goals, 45 assists and 69 points, and ranks 21st among all NHL players in scoring (through games of April 4). The Thunder Bay, Ont., native notched his 250th NHL goal on March 30, making him just the third player to score 250 goals for the Carolina franchise, and the fastest to reach that mark, doing so in his 637th game. Earlier this season, Staal broke the franchise’s all-time assists streak record when he recorded assists in 11 consecutive games (2/10-3/6: 6g, 14a), and his 12-game points streak (2/8-3/6: 7g, 14a) set a new Hurricanes record since the team’s relocation. He established a new franchise record with his 12th career shorthanded goal on Feb. 20, and became the team’s all-time assists leader since relocation with his 300th career helper on Jan. 12. Staal has scored 250 goals and earned 323 assists (573 points) in 640 NHL regular-season games since being drafted by the Hurricanes’ with the second overall pick in 2003.

Past winners of the Steve Chiasson Award include  Ron Francis, Sean Hill, Kevyn Adams, Bret Hedican, Tim Gleason and Rod Brind’Amour, who won the award five times.

This marked the second end-of-season honor for Staal who, earlier on Thursday, was named the Hurricanes’ Most Valuable Player by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA). The Carolina PHWA also named Carolina defenseman Jay Harrison as the winner of the newly-renamed Josef Vasicek Award for cooperation with the local media.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 69 21 28 -11 49
J. Faulk 74 15 32 -17 47
E. Lindholm 73 16 21 -19 37
J. Skinner 69 18 13 -21 31
V. Rask 72 11 20 -11 31
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 70 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 74 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 46 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 38 4 16 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 20 21 5 .911 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62