Eric Joseph Brent Staal was the 2nd overall selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes. He played for the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League prior to joining the `Canes, scoring 98 points in 66 games.
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On October 28, 2005, Staal notched the first hat-trick of his career against the Philadelphia Flyers. He has three hat tricks so far in his career.
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The Staal Before the Storm
During the 2005-06 season, Staal led the Hurricanes in goals (45), assists (55), points (100) and shots (279).
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Center of Attention
Staal led the Carolina Hurricanes in points during the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs with 28.
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A Family Affair
Staal has two siblings playing in the NHL. He is the older brother of New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal and Pittsburgh Penguins center Jordan Staal. His youngest brother, Jared Staal, is playing in the OHL.
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Staal became the fastest player to score 25 goals in franchise history by hitting the mark in the 34 game of the 2005-06 season.
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In the 2005-06 season, Staal tied the Carolina Hurricanes record for fastest player to reach 50 points in a single season (Mike Rogers in 1980-81: 35 games) by hitting the mark in the team's 35th game.
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Seeing Triple, Pt. II
Staal more than tripled his point output from his rookie year (31) during the 2005-06 season, tallying 100 points on 45 goals and 55 assists.
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A League of His Own
When the NHL players went on strike in 2004-05, Staal spent the entire season with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the American Hockey League, establishing new franchise records in points (77), assists (51), plus/minus ( 37) and shorthanded goals (7) in a season.
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