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Our hearts are with NHL star Jordan Staal, who has suffered a devastating loss Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Jordan Staal #11 of the Carolina Hurricanes skates against the New York Islanders at the Barclays Center on November 16, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The Islanders defeated the Hurricanes 6-4. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Sunday that the infant daughter of team captain Jordan Staal had passed away.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Hurricanes organization are with Jordan and Heather Staal on the loss of their infant daughter, Hannah. We ask that you please respect their family’s privacy at this time.

According to ESPN, Hannah passed away on Saturday. Staal had missed Carolina’s last two games for “family and personal reasons”. It is currently unknown how much time Staal may miss after the death of his daughter.

Staal is an 11-year NHL veteran who has played with the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Carolina Hurricanes. Staal’s three brothers — Eric, Marc, and Jared — have also all played hockey in the NHL.

We send our thoughts and prayers to Staal and his family.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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