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Eric Staal Nominated for King Clancy Trophy

Malhotra wins Chiasson, nominated for Masterton; Jordan Staal, Andrej Sekera win PHWA awards

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 5:45 PM ET / News
By Ken Preston
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Eric Staal Nominated for King Clancy Trophy
RALEIGH, NC – The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that Eric Staal has been selected by his teammates as Carolina’s nominee for the 2013-14 King Clancy Memorial Trophy. It marks the fourth time that Staal has been nominated for the 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 sixth 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 goody bags, including “Eric Entourage” t-shirts signed by Staal. Throughout the season, several of the groups using the suite visit Eric after games for meet-and-greets. Among the charities benefiting from the “Eric’s Entourage” program this season were the Boys and Girls Club of Wake County, the Masonic Home for Children, StepUp Ministries, Autism Society of North Carolina, East Durham Children’s Initiative, Horizons Grief Center and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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 is highly sought-after with fans at annual Foundation events like the popular Skate with the Canes and Casino Night and Wine Tasting.

On the ice, Staal, 29, leads the Hurricanes in scoring, with 58 points in 76 games played (through games of April 9th). The Thunder Bay, Ont., native ranks first on the team in assists (38) and third on the team in goals (19) this season. Staal (6’4”, 205 lbs.) has served as the Hurricanes’ team captain since January 2010, and ranks first on the Hurricanes (since relocation) games-played list, passing Glen Wesley on December 31 against Montreal. Selected by Carolina with the second overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, Staal has scored 287 goals and earned 398 assists (685 points) in 766 NHL regular-season games.

Also in a vote of Hurricanes players, forward Manny Malhotra was named the winner of the team’s Steve Chiasson Award. The Steve Chiasson Award is given annually to the Hurricanes player that best exemplifies determination and dedication while proving to be an inspiration to his teammates through his performance and approach to the game.

The Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association (PHWA) on Thursday announced the winners of its annual awards. The writers named defenseman Andrej Sekera the team’s most valuable player, and named Jordan Staal the winner of the Josef Vasicek Award for cooperation with the local media.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Skinner 82 28 23 -2 51
V. Rask 80 21 27 -6 48
J. Staal 82 20 28 6 48
E. Lindholm 82 11 28 -23 39
J. Faulk 64 16 21 -22 37
J. Nordstrom 71 10 14 1 24
A. Nestrasil 55 9 14 4 23
R. Nash 64 9 13 -5 22
N. Hanifin 79 4 18 -14 22
J. Slavin 63 2 18 1 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 23 17 10 .909 2.41
E. Lack 12 14 6 .901 2.81