Eric and his wife, Tanya, have three sons: Parker, Levi and Finley… They spend their summers in Thunder Bay, Ontario… His brother Jordan is an alternate captin for the Hurricanes… His brother Marc plays for the NY Rangers… Eric hosts underprivileged children in his suite at Hurricanes home games as part of his “Eric’s Entourage” initiative… He also was involved with the launch of Raleigh’s Hockey is For Everyone team, the Capital City Crew, as he donated equipment for the squad… In addition to his charitable efforts in Raleigh, he helped to form the Staal Family Foundation, which benefits children fighting cancer and their families… The organization sponsors a Canadian PGA tour event, the Staal Foundation Open in Thunder Bay, and raised $190,500 in 2015 for three local charities… Eric’s first youth team was the Wallace Repair orange team in Norwest Minor Hockey and the players he emulated growing up were Joe Sakic and Wayne Gretzky… His most prized possessions are his Stanley Cup ring and Olympic gold medal… Eric’s first job was working on his family’s sod farm… His biggest hockey influences were his parents and his favorite team growing up was Toronto… His favorite food is Chinese and the British Virgin Islands are his favorite place to visit… His favorite book is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand… Eric’s biggest talent outside of hockey is beach volleyball… His favorite movies are the Jason Bourne films and his favorite TV show is Modern Family… His iPod is full of “pretty much anything country”… The celebrity he would most like to meet is Rory McIlroy… He wears number 12 because it was his dad’s number… His favorite former teammate is Andrew Ladd… His most memorable goal was his series-clincher with 32 seconds remaining in regulation in Game 7 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at New Jersey… Eric’s favorite thing to do in the Triangle is to enjoy time outdoors with his sons… His favorite road arena is the Bell Centre in Montreal, and his favorite road city is New York.
Completed his 11th NHL season with the Hurricanes… Led the team in goals (23), points (54) in 77 games played… Ranked second in assists (34) and multi-point games (10)… Led Hurricanes forwards in time on ice per game (18:50)… Reached 20-or-more goals for the ninth season in his 11-year career… Scored his first goal of the season in the season opener vs. NYI (10/10)… Earned his 400th NHL/Hurricanes assist at NYI (10/11)… Left the game at NYI (10/11) with an upper-body injury and missed five games (10/14-10/24)… Recorded his first multi-point game of the season with two goals, including the game winner, and an assist at DAL (11/18)… Earned his 700th NHL/Hurricanes point with a goal at LA (11/20)… Scored his 100th NHL power-play goal at PHI (12/13)… Skated in his 800th NHL game and recorded an assist vs. MTL (12/29)… Stretched his point streak to a season-long four games with the game-winning goal vs. PHI (1/2)… Scored his 300th NHL goal at NSH (1/6)… Netted six goals in a seven game span from 12/29-1/10 (6g,1a)… Matched his career high with four assists vs. EDM (3/8)… Recorded multiple points in back-to-back games on 3/26 vs. PIT (1g, 2a) and 3/28 vs. NJ (1g, 1a)… Reached 50 points on the season for 10th time in his 11-year career with a goal at WSH (3/31)… Games missed due to injury: 5 (Upper-body 10/14-10/24)… Longest goal streak: 3 games (12/29-1/2: 3g, 0a; 1/6-1/10: 3g, 1a)… Longest assist streak: 3 games (10/11-11/1: 0g, 3a; 3/23-3/28: 2g, 4a)… Longest point streak: 4 games (10/10-11/1: 1g, 3a; 12/27-1/2: 3g, 1a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (11/18 at DAL: 2g, 1a; 1/19 at TOR: 2g, 0a)… Multi-assist games: 3 (12/18 vs. TOR: 0g, 2a; 3/8 vs. EDM: 0g, 4a; 3/26 vs. PIT: 1g, 2a)… Multi-point games: 5 (11/18 at DAL: 2g, 1a; 12/18 vs. TOR: 0g, 2a; 1/6 at NSH: 1g, 1a; 1/19 at TOR: 2g, 0a; 1/27 vs. TB: 1g, 1a; 2/20 vs. TOR: 1g, 1a; 3/8 vs. EDM: 0g, 4a; 3/26 vs. PIT: 1g, 2a; 3/28 vs. NJ: 1g, 1a; 4/6 at BUF: 1g, 1a).
Is in his 12th NHL season with the Hurricanes… Was named the 13th captain in franchise history on Jan. 20, 2010… Signed a seven-year extension with the team on Sept. 11, 2008, that goes through the 2015-16 season… Has appeared in four NHL All-Star Games, and is the only player in franchise history to appear in the event four consecutive times… Has been involved with Canada in major international competition five times… Won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, earning six points (1g, 5a) in seven games… With his Olympic gold medal, became the 23rd player in history to enter the “Triple Gold Club” (Olympic gold, Stanley Cup, World Championship), and the first active Hurricane to win Olympic gold… Also has international experience as a reserve for the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, as a member of the gold-medal-winning Canadian team at the 2007 IIHF World Championship and as a member of the silver-medal-winning team at the 2008 IIHF World Championship… Served as captain for Canada’s team at the 2013 IIHF World Championship… Selected by the franchise with the second overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft… Was the top-rated North American skater in the NHL’s Central Scouting Registry for the 2003 Entry Draft.
2000-01: Ranked third for Peterborough in scoring with 49 points (19g, 30a) in his rookie OHL season… Played for Team Ontario in the U-17 World Championship in Nova Scotia… Won gold with Canada’s under-18 team at the 2001 Six Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic.
2001-02: Ranked third on Peterborough in scoring with 62 points (23g, 39a) in 56 games… Was named to the OHL’s Eastern Conference All-Star team for the CHL All-Star Weekend… Served as an alternate captain for the Canadian under-18 national team at the 2002 U-18 World Championship.
2002-03: Led Peterborough and ranked seventh in the OHL in scoring with 98 points (39g, 59a) in 66 games… Was sixth in the OHL in goals (39)… Notched 14 points (9g, 5a) in seven playoff games for the Petes… Was named a 2002-03 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) First-Team All-Star… Participated in the CHL Home Hardware Top Prospects Game Jan. 22 in Kitchener, Ont… Played for the OHL Eastern Conference All-Stars for the second consecutive season in the CHL All-Star Series… Was an alternate captain for Peterborough.
2003-04: Completed his rookie NHL season, making the jump from junior hockey straight to the NHL in his draft year… Was tied for ninth among NHL rookies in scoring (31), tied for 12th in goals (11), tied for ninth in assists (20) and fourth in shots (164)… Had a five-game assist streak from Oct. 23–Nov. 1 (1g, 5a) – the longest assist streak by an NHL rookie that season… Participated in the NHL YoungStars Game at the NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Paul, Minn., on Feb. 7, scoring the game’s first goal for the Eastern Conference… Made his NHL debut at FLA (10/9), 20 days before his 19th birthday… Recorded his first NHL penalty, tripping, vs. FLA (10/13)… Scored his first NHL goal – the game-winner – when he beat Bruins netminder Andrew Raycroft 1:57 into the game and earned his first NHL assist when he set up Jeff O’Neill 12:47 into the third period at BOS (10/23)… Scored his first career overtime goal and had an assist vs. LA (11/8)… Scored the first shorthanded goal of his career vs. ATL (1/18)… Missed his first NHL game with a torso injury at PIT (3/19)… Led the NHL in goals during the preseason with seven.
2004-05: Spent the entire season with Lowell (AHL), establishing new Lock Monsters franchise records in points (77), assists (51), plus/minus (+37) and shorthanded goals (7) in a season… Led AHL in shorthanded goals and plus/minus… Had a team record 12-game point streak (1/5-1/30: 5g, 15a)… In one season, equaled Lock Monsters career record for shorthanded goals (7)… Ranked 10th in AHL in points… Earned an assist for the Canadian All-Stars in 2005 AHL All-Star Classic… Was second on team in scoring (10 points) and led the team in assists (8) and shots (37) in 11 Calder Cup Playoff games… Scored game-winning goal in 3-2 Game 5 win against Hartford in the Atlantic Division Semifinal (4/28).
2005-06: Ranked sixth in the NHL in points (100), eighth in the NHL in goals (45) and tied for eighth in power-play goals (19)… Led Carolina in goals (45), assists (55), points (100) and shots (279)… Was named MVP by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association… Began the season with a four-game goal streak (10/5-10/12: 5g, 3a), one game short of the franchise record (Kevin Dineen, five games, 1990-91)… Earned his first career hat trick vs. PHI (10/28)… Celebrated his 21st birthday with a career-high four assists at PIT (10/29)… Was named NHL Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 31 for the week of 10/24-10/30… Was named NHL Offensive Player of the Month for October on Nov. 1… Was the first player to be named Player of the Month for the franchise since Mike Rogers earned the honor in Dec. 1980… Had his then-career-high 10-game scoring streak (10/20-11/11: 7g, 13a) snapped vs. ATL (11/12)… Played in his 100th NHL/Hurricanes game at NYR (11/19)… Scored his 25th goal of the season in the team’s 34th game, becoming the fastest player to 25 goals in franchise history… Reached the 50-point mark in the team’s 35th game, tying the franchise record for fastest player to reach 50 points in a single season (Mike Rogers in 1980-81: 35 games)… Returned after taking a high stick to the mouth in first period to score his second career hat trick and earn an assist on John Deere hat day at the RBC Center vs. STL (1/15)… Named NHL Offensive Player of the Week for the second time of the season for the period ending Jan. 15 (3gp, 3g, 4a, +3)… Reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career with the game-winner vs. NYI (1/19)… Netted a pair of goals and earned an assist at MTL (1/31) to reach the 100-point plateau in his NHL career… Was named NHL Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending March 5 after tallying three goals and four assists (7 points) in Carolina’s three games March 1-4… Scored his 40th goal of the season and earned an assist at MTL (3/16)… Had his first NHL fight when he scrapped with Jeff Halpern vs. WSH (4/3)… With a goal and an assist at TB (4/15), he became the first player to reach 100 points in a season for the franchise… Completed his first NHL playoff season… Ranked first in the league in points (28 points), first in assists (19), first in power-play goals (7), first in power-play assists (10), first in power-play points (17) and first in shots (87)… Had points in 20 of Carolina’s 25 playoff games… Had a 15-game point streak from April 24 through May 28 (7g, 13a), establishing a new franchise playoff record… Established franchise playoff records for assists (19), points (28) and shots (87) in a single playoff year… Made his NHL playoff debut in Game 1 vs. MTL (4/22)… Matched John Anderson’s franchise record for assists in a playoff game with four helpers in Game 2 vs. MTL (4/24)… His assist on Brind’Amour’s first power-play goal was his first career NHL playoff point… Netted his first career playoff goal, beating Cristobal Huet for the overtime winner in Game 3 at MTL (4/26)… Scored a goal to tie the game with three seconds remaining in the third period of Game 2 vs. NJ (5/9) to force overtime… Scored a pair of power-play goals and assisted on Whitney’s goal in Game 5 vs. EDM (6/14).
2006-07: Was third on the team in goals (30), assists (40) and points (70)… Led the team and ranked 14th in the NHL in shots (288)… Was tied for the team lead in power-play goals (12)… Was one of four Hurricanes to play in all 82 games… Notched his third career hat trick including the game-winning goal vs. DAL (11/18)… Played his 200th NHL game vs. FLA (12/23)… Tied with Atlanta’s Marian Hossa for first place in the Shooting Accuracy contest at the 2007 Dodge Nitro/NHL SuperSkills competition, hitting all four targets in five shots… Played in his first NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 24 in Dallas, scoring a goal for the Eastern Conference… Earned his 100th NHL/Hurricanes assist at MTL (2/6)… Reached the 30-goal mark for the second consecutive season and earned his 200th career NHL point with an assist vs. FLA (4/7).
2007-08: Ranked tied for 11th in the NHL in goals (38), tied for 11th in power-play goals (14) and eighth in shots (310)… Ranked first on the team and tied for 15th in the NHL in scoring (82 points)… Was named the team’s Most Valuable Player by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association… Was the only Hurricane to play in all 82 games… Led Carolina in goals (38), assists (44), power-play goals (14), power-play points (35), game-winning goals (7), shots (310), takeaways (56), and total time on ice (1,774 mins.)… Led the Hurricanes in multi-goal games (4), multi-assist games (10) and multi-point games (23)… Beat Huet for his first career penalty shot goal vs. MTL (10/26) on his second career penalty shot attempt… Scored his 100th career NHL goal with a first-period tally vs. TB (11/23), making him the sixth-fastest player to reach 100 goals in franchise history (268 games)… Earned his fourth career hat trick with three third-period goals, including a power-play, penalty-shot goal against Garon vs. EDM (1/18)… Was named Most Valuable Player of the 2008 NHL All-Star Game, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on the game-winner as the Eastern Conference defeated the West 8-7 at Philips Arena in Atlanta (1/27)… Played his 300th career NHL game at PIT (2/2)… Scored the Hurricanes’ first goal, earned two assists and broke the Hurricanes record for shots in a game with 12 vs. ATL (3/28).
2008-09: Ranked tied for fifth in the NHL in goals (40) and tied for seventh in the league in game-winning goals (8)… Was tied for eighth in the NHL in power-play goals (14) and was second in shots (372)… Was first on the team in goals (40), power-play goals (14), game-winning goals (8), shots (372) and plus/minus (+15) and second among Hurricanes in points (75) and assists (35-tied)… Was one of only two Hurricanes to play in all 82 games… Was selected by his teammates as Carolina’s nominee for the King Clancy Trophy, honoring leadership and commitment to the community… The Hurricanes were 22-3-2 when he scored a goal… Reached the 40-goal mark for the second time in his career… Notched his fifth career hat trick with three goals, including the game-winner, vs. PHX (11/21)… Recorded his 300th career NHL point with his first of two goals at PHI (12/11)… Earned his sixth-career hat trick with three third-period goals at ATL (12/26), matching the franchise record for goals in one period… Played in his 300th consecutive regular-season game vs. BUF (1/17)… Represented the Eastern Conference in his third consecutive All-Star Game on Jan. 25, extending his All-Star goal streak to three games with a first-period tally… Established career highs and matched franchise records for goals and points in a game with four goals and two assists at TB (3/7)… It marked the first time a player had scored four goals in a game for the franchise since Ron Francis did so on 2/12/84 vs. EDM, and the first time a player had notched six points since Francis had three goals and three assists on 10/8/89 at QUE… Played his 400th career NHL game vs. NYI (3/20)… Set a franchise record with his fourth hat trick of the season, earning four points total (3g, 1a) vs. NYI (4/7)… Skated in all 18 of the Hurricanes’ playoff games contests, ranking first on the team and sixth in the NHL in playoff goals (10)… Ranked first on the team and tied for ninth in the NHL in playoff scoring (15 points)… Matched his playoff career high with two goals had an assist in Game 6 vs. NJ (4/26)… Netted the game-winning goal with 32 seconds remaining in Game 7 at NJ (4/28), the latest regulation game-winner in a Game 7 in NHL history… Scored a pair of goals in Game 4 vs. BOS (5/8) to move past Ron Francis (39 points) for first in franchise history in playoff scoring.
2009-10: Led the Hurricanes in points (70), assists (41), power-play goals (13) and shots (277)… Was second on the team in goals (29)… Also led Carolina in multi-goal games (5) and multi-point games (17) and was tied for first in multi-assist games (10)… Ranked tied for 26th in the NHL in scoring (70 points), tied for sixth in power-play goals (13) and 13th in shots (277), despite missing 12 games… Had 65 points in his final 57 games after returning from injury (26g, 39a)… Left the game at BOS (10/3) after being struck by a puck, but returned after receiving more than 20 stitches and scored his first goal of the season… Missed the game at FLA (11/4) with an upper-body injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 349… The streak ranked second in franchise history, behind Dave Tippett’s 419-game streak from March 3, 1984–Oct. 7, 1989… Including the playoffs, he had played in 392 consecutive games for Carolina… Earned his 200th career NHL assist, vs. WSH (11/30)… Earned five points in a single game for the second time in his NHL career with two goals and three assists at WSH (12/28)… Was named the 13th captain in franchise history on Jan. 20… Earned his ninth career hat trick in his first game as team captain, at ATL (1/21)… Scored a goal and added an assist vs. NYI (1/28) to reach 400 career points in his 450th career NHL game… Had a then-career-long, 11-game point streak from 1/16-2/5 (10g, 7a)… Earned four points, including two goals and two assists, and was (+4) at TB (4/6)… On hat giveaway night, netted his 10th career hat trick, passing Ron Francis for first in franchise history in that category, and earned a pair of assists vs. MTL (4/8)… Was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for the week ending 4/11, after notching nine points (5g, 4a) in the final three games (4/6-4/10)… Missed 12 games due to injury/personal reasons.
2010-11: Led the Hurricanes in goals (33), assists (43) and points (76)… Ranked tied for 11th in the NHL in scoring (76 points), tied for 12th in goals (33)… Was tied for seventh in the NHL in power-play goals (12) and game-winning goals (8) and tied for 10th in shorthanded goals (3)… Matched his career high with four assists vs. EDM (11/9)… Notched his 11th career hat trick, including his 200th NHL goal, and added a pair of helpers for a five-point game vs. OTT (11/17)… Played in his 500th career NHL game and netted his 10th goal of the season vs. WSH (11/24)… Earned his 12th career hat trick and second of the season with a natural hat trick vs. ANA (12/18)… Was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for the week ending 12/19, after totaling five points (4g, 1a) in three Hurricanes victories… Scored his 20th goal of the season at FLA (1/7), making him the third player in franchise history to score 20 or more goals in six consecutive seasons… Scored a shorthanded goal and added a pair of assists vs. TB (1/15) to pass Rod Brind’Amour (473 points) for first in Hurricanes history (since relocation) and third in franchise history in scoring… Had points in eight consecutive games from 1/1-1/15 (4g, 6a), the team’s season-long streak… Netted a pair of goals in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game at the RBC Center (1/30), extending his All-Star goal-scoring streak to four games… Served as captain for “Team Staal” during NHL All-Star Weekend, as his team won the Honda NHL SuperSkills (1/29) before falling 11-10 in the NHL All-Star Game (1/30)… Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for the week ending 1/31 after scoring four points (2g, 2a) in a pair of Carolina wins… Scored his 30th goal at TB (3/25)… Earned his 500th career NHL point with the Hurricanes’ only goal vs. BUF (4/3)… Missed one game due to injury (upper-body: 2/26).
2011-12: Led the team in goals (24), assists (46) and points (70)… It marked his seventh consecutive 70-point season… Ranked fifth among NHL forwards in average ice time per game (21:32), was tied for fourth in the NHL in shorthanded goals (3) and was 21st in points (70)… Was one of four Hurricanes to skate in all 82 games… Also led Carolina in shots (262), power-play goals (7), power-play assists (16), power-play points (23), shorthanded goals (3), shorthanded assists (2) and shorthanded points (5)… Was selected by his teammates as the winner of the Steve Chiasson Award and Carolina’s nominee for the King Clancy Trophy… Was named team MVP by the Carolina chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association… Had 34 points (13g, 21a) and a plus-3 plus/minus rating in 31 games after the NHL All-Star Break (51 gp, 11-25-36, -23 prior to break)… Carolina was 11-2-4 when he scored a goal… Played in his 600th NHL/Hurricanes game and had two assists at TB (12/31)… Collected a season-high three assists to pass Rod Brind’Amour (299) for second in franchise history in assists, at TB (1/12)… Scored shorthanded vs. WSH (2/20) to pass Dave Tippett for first in franchise history in shorthanded goals… Assisted on Tlusty’s goal at WSH (3/6) to set a new franchise record for longest assist streak (11 games)… It was the longest assist streak in the NHL during the 2011-12 season… Also established a new Carolina record (since relocation) for longest point streak (12 games)… Scored his 250th career goal vs. WPG (3/30).
2012-13: Ranked first among Hurricanes and sixth in the NHL in scoring with 53 points (18g, 35a)… Ranked first on the team and tied for sixth in the NHL in assists (35) and second on the team and tied for 18th in the NHL in goals… Had an 11-game point streak from 1/24-2/14 (8g, 9a), the longest point streak in the NHL for the season… Was one of three Carolina skaters to play in all 48 games… Also led the Hurricanes in game-winning goals (4), multi-point games (14) and was tied for first on the team in power-play points (9)… Earned his 13th career hat trick with three goals vs. BUF (1/24), passing Kevin Dineen (250) for second place on the Hurricanes’ all-time goals list with his first goal… Registered his 600th NHL/Hurricanes point vs. BUF (3/5)… Passed Jeff O’Neill (673) for fifth on the franchise games played list at TOR (3/28).
2013-14: Led the team in assists (40), points (61) and multi-point games (11)… Marked the seventh time in his 10-year career that he has led the Hurricanes in scoring… Ranked third on the team in goals (21)… Was tied for the team lead in multi-assist games (8)… Led Hurricanes forwards in time on ice per game (20:17)… Selected by teammates as Carolina’s nominee for the 2013-14 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, marking the fourth time he has been nominated for the honor… Ranked second in the NHL in takeaways (77)… Passed Kevin Dineen for third place on the franchise’s all-time games-played list (709) vs. ANA (11/15)… Passed Glen Wesley for first place on the Hurricanes’ (since relocation) games-played list with 730 vs. MTL (12/31)… Missed his first game since Feb. 26, 2011, snapping his 191 consecutive games-played streak, vs. NSH (1/5)… Passed Ron Francis for first place on the franchise’s all-time shots list (2,542) vs. FLA (2/7)… Games missed due to injury: 3.