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Eric Staal

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Status: Carolina Hurricanes center

HT: 6-foot-4 WT: 205 pounds

DOB: Oct. 29, 1984 In: Thunder Bay, Ont.

Hockey Inspirations:
“Probably my parents. My dad; just his love for the game, filtered through, I think, to myself and my other brothers. Their passion for the game kind of grew into us.”

First Hockey Memory:
“Probably back in my hometown, my uncle (Gary) was my coach. I remember being out on the ice, I think I scored zero goals my first year (age 4), my second year I had six. Then my third year, I think I had 70 or 80. So, just those first three years were a lot of fun just being out there and playing with friends.”

Leisure Activities/Interests:
“Play some golf in the summer and I like to play beach volleyball at the lake. And my brother owns a cabin right next door to mine and we have some pretty heated games of volleyball, so it's fun. A little bit of tennis, started to play last summer. Getting into that a little more. It's a little harder on my joints than some of the other sports, but it's a lot of fun, too.”

“Staaly, Staaler. Basically those are the main two that were the ones all the way through since I was really young.”

Favorite Movie:
Wedding Crashers, Dumb & Dumber, anything that's funny, good time, laughs.”

Favorite TV Show:
“I like watching Lost and Prison Break.”

Musical Tastes:
“I like everything. I like a lot of country music: Big & Rich, Tim McGraw, Linkin Park, Nickleback, Techno, Bob Sinclair.”

Last Book Read:
Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell (the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of Seal Team 10).”

First Job:
“I worked at my family's sod farm, my dad and my uncle were the two owners. Worked on that ever since I can remember.”

First Car:
“1997 Pontiac Sunfire (bronze).”

Current Car:
“Dodge Ram pickup truck (silver). I was fortunate enough to win from the All-Star Game (2008). And an '08 Maserati (black).”

Favorite Uniforms:
“I like the original ones; Chicago's, the Leafs. Any of the Original Six.”

Pre-game Feeling:
“Just excited. Usually get a little bit of something going on in the stomach, as far as butterflies or something. Just excited to get out there. Stick to the same routines and rituals. I try to get going right off the bat.”

Favorite Meal:
“I'd say probably Chinese.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
“Anything, I love all ice cream. Anything from Cold Stones - 'All Lovin', No Oven.' (Say what?) Cold Stone Creamery – it's like an ice cream chain in the States (based in Westbury, N.Y.). It's like a thing on the menu (consists of cake batter, ice cream, cookie dough, fudge, whipped cream in a waffle base).”

Greatest Sports Moment:
“Winning the Stanley Cup (in 2006).”

Most Painful Moment:
“Probably my third year in junior. We lost Game 7 (to Oshawa) in overtime. It ended up being my last game of junior (2003). And then last year missing the playoffs was pretty tough.”

Closest Hockey Friend(s):
“Probably Cam Ward, Andrew Ladd, Erik Cole and Ryan Bayda.”

Funniest Player Encountered:
“Ray Whitney. Chad LaRose. Those are two guys on our team that are pretty good.”

Toughest Competitors:
“To play, probably Chara. Tough to play against.”

Favorite Players To Watch:
“Joe Sakic. I like watching my brothers play. In Pittsburgh, (Jordan), Crosby and Malkin. They've got some good offensive players. Any of the offensive guys are fun to watch; see some goals and some neat plays.”

Funny Hockey Memory
: “Ray Whitney has just got great one-liners for any situation. He's always got a quick something for any situation. And it’s usually bang on. I don't know, I don't know how he does it, but he's got a great memory.”

Embarrassing Hockey Memory:
“Nothing too crazy or embarrassing, probably falling over the boards, coming over a couple of times. Look back and the whole bench is laughing at you.”

Last Vacation:
“Went on a cruise throughout Italy and Europe.”

Most Memorable Goal:
“Probably in the playoffs, second round against New Jersey. I scored with three seconds left to tie the game. And we went to overtime and ended-up winning. That was one of my bigger goals.”

Strangest Game:
“Played back-to-back 9-1 losses in junior. That wasn't very fun. I think I was minus-8 in two games.”

Personality Qualities Most Admired: “Probably just honesty and loyalty. And then passion - for whatever it is you're passionate about.”

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