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Eric Staal Nominated for King Clancy Trophy

Hurricanes captain voted by teammates for NHL leadership and community award

Friday, 04.06.2012 / 5:26 PM / News
By Ken Preston
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that Captain Eric Staal has been selected by his teammates as Carolina’s nominee for the 2011-12 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. It marks the second time that Staal has been nominated for this honor, which is annually awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy contribution in his community.

This season, Staal celebrated the fourth year of his “Eric’s Entourage” program, in which he purchases a luxury suite – fully equipped with food, snacks and drinks – for each Hurricanes home game, and donates it to local children’s charities. The children attending the games become members of “Eric’s Entourage,” and receive a goody bag that includes an “Eric’s Entourage” t-shirt signed by Staal. Throughout the season, several of the groups using the suite visit Eric after games for meet-and-greets.

Along with the “Eric’s Entourage” program, Staal is an integral part of the Kids N’ Community Foundation’s fundraising events. He is one of the team’s most-requested players at the Foundation’s golf tournament, and fans gather around him in droves at annual Foundation events like Casino Night and Wine Tasting, and the popular Skate with the Canes event. Eric also participates in team hospital visits, this year visiting Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

On the ice, Staal, 27, leads all Carolina skaters this season with 24 goals, 45 assists and 69 points, and ranks tied for 21st among all NHL players in scoring (through games of April 5). 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. Staal has scored 250 goals and earned 323 assists (573 points) in 641 NHL regular-season games since being drafted by the Hurricanes’ with the second overall pick in 2003.

This marks the third end-of-season honor for Staal. On Thursday, the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) named Staal the Hurricanes’ Most Valuable Player for the third time in his career. Also on Thursday, it was announced that a vote of his teammates earned Staal the team’s coveted Steve Chiasson Award for determination and dedication to the game.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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