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Marc Staal
Marc Staal
Defenseman  - NYR
Number: 18
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 207
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 13, 1987  (Age 27)
Birthplace: Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ontario
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Drafted: NYR / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 1st (12th overall)
2012-13: Missed the final 27 games of the season due to an eye injury sustained on Mar. 5 vs. PHI ... Led all Rangers defensemen in assists (nine) and points (11) at the time of his injury ... The Rangers posted a record of 6-1-2 in games when he registered a point ... Named the Rangers’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, an annual award under the trusteeship of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association to the “player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey” ... Tied his career-high with two assists, was credited with five hits and a game-high, four blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 26:28 of ice time on Feb. 7 vs. NYI ... Tallied the game-tying goal at 7:36 of the third period, added the primary assist on the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-four rating in 25:47 of ice time on Jan. 26 vs. TOR ... Logged 17:17 of ice time in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals on May 6 vs. WSH, in his return to the lineup after missing the previous 29 games with an eye injury ... Missed the last nine games due to injury. 2011-12: Made his season debut at the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 2 against Philadelphia after missing the first 36 games of the season with a concussion; Was credited with one hit and posted a plus-one rating in 12:41 of ice time in the contest. ... Tallied a power play assist and tied for the game-high with three blocked shots in 19:48 of ice time on Apr. 3 at Philadelphia; The assist was his first on the man-advantage this season. ... Recorded his first point of the season with a shorthanded assist on Feb. 12 vs. WSH. ... Established playoff career-highs in games played (20), goals (three), assists (three), points (six), power play goals (two), power play points (two), penalty minutes (12), and shots (30). ... Tied for eighth in the NHL and first among league defensemen in playoff power play goals … Tied for third among NHL defensemen in playoff goals, and eighth in points and shots. ... Ranked fifth in the league in blocked shots (39). ... Tied for fifth on the team in goals and first in power play goals. ... Was credited with six hits and three blocked shots, and logged a career-high, 49:34 of ice time in the Rangers’ 2-1 triple overtime victory on May 2 at Washington. ... Tallied two points (one goal, one assist), including his first career overtime playoff goal, on May 7 vs. Washington.2010-11: Named Alternate Captain on Oct. 9. ... Established career-highs in assists (22), points (29), power-play goals (4), power-play assists (7), power-play points (11), and shots on goal (116). ... Led the team and ranked fourth in the NHL in average ice time (25:44), tied for third on the Rangers in power-play points and power-play goals, and fourth in power-play assists. ... Led all NHL defensemen with four shorthanded points, tied for second with two shorthanded goals and third with two shorthanded assists. ... The last time a Ranger averaged 25-plus minutes of ice time per game was Brian Leetch in 2003-04 (26:14). ... Led all team defensemen in goals and shots, ranked second in assists, points and blocked shots (109), and third in hits (140). ... The Rangers posted a record of 17-6-1 when he registered a point. ... Tallied one assist and posted a career-high, plus-4 rating vs. Boston on April 4. ... Tallied one assist and logged a career-high and Rangers' season-high 34:01 of ice time at Philadelphia on April 3. It marked the eighth time in his career, and sixth time this season, he eclipsed the 30-minute plateau in a game. ... Recorded one assist and logged a team-high, 29:34 vs. Ottawa on March 24 in his return to the lineup after missing the previous two games due to injury; the assist was his 20th of the season, establishing a new career-high for assists in a season, and tying his career-high with 27 points. ... Did not skate in a 6-0 win at Washington on Feb. 25 due to a knee strain sustained on Feb. 22, halting his consecutive games played streak at 247 (264 games including playoffs) dating back to Feb. 19, 2008. ... Made his 300th career NHL appearance on Feb. 7 at Detroit. ... Made his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance on Jan. 30. ... Notched the game-tying goal with his first career shorthanded tally at 18:34 of the third period on Nov. 15 at Pittsburgh. ... Tallied one assist in five playoff contests. ... Led the Rangers and ranked third in the NHL in average icetime (28:01), and ranked second on the team in blocked shots (15) during playoffs. 2009-10: Established career-highs in goals (8),  plus/minus rating (plus-11), game-winning goals (2), and tied his career-high in games played (82). ... Led the team in average icetime, ranked fourth in even-strength points (27), and tied for third in blocked shots, fourth in road goals (seven) and fifth in road points (14). ... Tied for second on the team and 12th in the NHL among defensemen in hits. ... Led all Rangers defensemen in plus/minus rating and game-winning goals, ranked second in goals and points, and third in assists. ... One of four Rangers to skate in all 82 games. … Seven of his eight goals were tallied away from MSG. ... Registered a career-high three-game goal streak (three goals) from Mar. 30 at the NY Islanders to Apr. 3 at Florida, including the game-winner on Mar. 30 at Long Island. ... Tallied a career-high two assists on Jan. 31 at Colorado. … Skated in his 200th career NHL game on Dec. 26 vs. the NY Islanders. ... Logged a Rangers season-high 30:45 of icetime on Dec. 19 at Philadelphia, marking his second career game with 30:00-plus of icetime. … Recorded a career-high four-game point streak from Nov. 27 at Tampa Bay to Dec. 5 at Buffalo, registering four points (one goal and three assists) over the span. ... Logged 30:24 of icetime on Nov. 25 at Florida, to eclipse the 30:00-mark in a single game for the first time in his career. 2008-09: Established career-highs in games played (82) and penalty minutes (64). ... Skated in 82 games with the Rangers, recording three goals and 12 assists for 15 points, along with 64 penalty minutes. ... One of six Rangers to skate in all 82 games. ... Established career-highs in games played (82), penalty minutes (64), and shots (96). ... Ranked 26th in the NHL with 189 hits. ... Selected to skate in his second straight NHL YoungStars Game at the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend on Jan. 24 in Montreal. ... Delivered six hits while skating in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 15 vs. the Bruins. 2007-08: Skated in 80 games with the Rangers, registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 42 penalty minutes. ... Recorded a plus or even rating in 59 of 80 games. ... Ranked sixth in the NHL among rookies with 124 hits. ... Tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, Feb. 28 at Carolina. ... Tallied a goal and an assist in the NHL YoungStars Game in Atlanta on Jan. 26. ... Delivered five hits and posted a plus-2 rating on Jan. 16 vs. the Sabres. ... Posted a plus-3 rating on Jan. 12 vs. Montreal. ... Tallied his first career shorthanded assist on Nov. 17 in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh. ... Notched his first NHL goal at 4:13 of the third period on Nov. 14 in a 4-2 victory at New Jersey (Brodeur). ... Registered his first NHL point with an assist on Chris Drury's goal in a 2-0 victory on Nov. 1 vs. Washington. ... Logged 16:04 of icetime in his NHL debut on Oct. 4 vs. Florida. ... Won the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top rookie in training camp. ... Also appeared in 10 post-season contests with the Rangers, recording one goal and two assists for three points, along with eight penalty minutes. ... Tied for the league lead among rookies and 26th overall in defenseman points (three). ... Tied for sixth in the NHL in rookie assists (two), and tied for ninth in rookie goals (one) and points (three). ... Also finished third in the league in rookie plus/minus rating (plus-four) and tied teammate Ryan Callahan for the league lead in rookie game-winning goals (one). ... Ranked second on the team in average icetime (22:20) and third in hits (27). ... Tallied a playoff career-high, two points (two assists) on Apr. 25 at Pittsburgh. ... Notched his first career playoff goal/point with the game-winner at 16:47 of the third period on Apr. 16 vs. New Jersey.

2005-06: Appeared in 12 postseason games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2006, registering two assists, along with eight penalty minutes … Made his AHL debut on Apr. 18, 2006, in Game One of the Division Semifinals vs. Manchester … Recorded his first professional point with an assist on Apr. 23 vs. Manchester.

Appeared in 236 career games with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), notching 23 goals and 100 assists for 123 points, along with 215 penalty minutes. … In 50 postseason contests, registered six goals and 29 assists for 31 points, along with 47 penalty minutes. 2006-07: Appeared in 53 games with Sudbury, registering five goals and 29 assists for 34 points, along with 68 penalty minutes. … Named a First Team OHL All-Star. … Winner of the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the Most Outstanding Defenseman. … Named captain of the Wolves upon his return from Rangers Training Camp. … Recorded six multi-point games, including four assists on Jan. 19 vs. Saginaw and three assists on Jan. 21 vs. London. … Represented the Eastern Conference at the 2007 OHL All-Star Classic. … In the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll, was voted first for “Best Penalty Killer”. … Represented the OHL in the 2006 ADT Canada/Russia Challenge. … Appeared in 21 postseason games, registering five goals and 15 assists for 20 points, along with 22 penalty minutes. … Helped lead his team to the OHL’s Championship Series. … Ranked first among all OHL defensemen in post-season scoring with 20 points. … Tied for first among all players in the playoffs with a plus-17 rating. … Received the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the OHL’s Most Valuable Player in the playoffs, becoming the first player ever to win the award while playing for a team that did not win the OHL title. … Named the OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Apr. 29, recording five assists over the span. 2005-06: Registered 11 goals and 38 assists for 49 points, along with 60 penalty minutes in 53 games for the Sudbury Wolves. … Served as captain of the Wolves. … Led team defensemen in scoring with 49 points. … Ranked first among defensemen on his team in goals (11). … Ranked second among team defensemen in assists (38). … Runner-up for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the League’s Most Outstanding Defenseman. … Played in the 2006 OHL All-Star Game. … Named the OHL Player of the Week for the period ending Oct. 2, recording two goals and five assists over the span. … Selected to the OHL roster for the 2005 ADT Canada/Russia Challenge. … Named a First Team OHL All-Star. … In the OHL Eastern Conference Coaches Poll, was voted second for “Best Offensive Defenseman” and third for “Hardest Worker”. … Appeared in 10 postseason games, registering eight assists, along with eight penalty minutes. … Led defenseman on his team in postseason points (eight) and assists (eight). 2004-05: Appeared in 65 games with Sudbury, scoring six goals and 20 assists for 26 points, along with 53 penalty minutes. … Ranked second among team defensemen in scoring with 26 points. … Tied for first among team defensemen with six goals … Was a Nominee for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the League’s Most Outstanding Defenseman. … Participated in the 2005 CHL Top Prospects Game in Vancouver, where he won the puck control competition. … Selected to the Eastern Conference’s 2005 OHL All-Star Roster. … Represented the OHL in the 2004 ADT Canada/Russia Challenge. … Skated in 12 postseason contests, registering four assists for four points, along with 15 penalty minutes. 2003-04: Appeared in 61 games with Sudbury, registering one goal and 13 assists for 14 points, along with 34 penalty minutes. … Was a nominee for the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the League’s Most Outstanding Defenseman. … Named a First Team All-Rookie. … Skated in seven postseason games, notching one goal and two assists, along with two penalty minutes.

2010: Played for Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship tournament in Germany. 2009: Invited to Orientation Camp for Team Canada for the 2010 Winter Olympics. 2007: Captured his second consecutive gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Championship in Sweden. 2006: Appeared in six games for Team Canada at the 2006 World Junior (U-20) Championships, registering one assist, along with four penalty minutes, helping Team Canada capture the gold medal … Named the top defenseman at the tournament. 2004: Captured gold at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in St. John’s, Newfoundland as a member of Team Ontario. … Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Junior World Cup in the Czech Republic.

One of three brothers currently playing in the NHL -- older brother, Eric, was selected second overall by Carolina in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft; younger brother, Jordan, was selected second overall by Pittsburgh in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. ... His youngest brother, Jared, was selected 49th overall by Phoenix in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and is currently in Carolina Hurricanes organization. ... Has worn the number 18 since he began playing hockey. ... Is a fan of rock music, and lists Kings of Leon, OAR and Mumford and Sons as his favorite bands. ... Enjoys reading non-fiction books. ... Lists "The Deadliest Catch" as his favorite television show. ... His first job was working on his father's sod farm. ... Enjoys freshwater fishing. ... Married: wife, Lindsay.

July 30, 2005 – Rangers first-round choice, 12th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.


LONGEST POINT STREAK: 4, (twice) (last -- Dec. 11, 2010, to Dec. 16, 2010) (two goals and three assists)

LONGEST GOAL STREAK: 3 from March 30, 2010, to April 3, 2010 (three goals)

LONGEST ASSIST STREAK: 3, (twice) (last -- March 15, 2011, to March 24, 2011 (four assists)

MOST GOALS, GAME: 1, (20 times) (last -- Feb. 11, 2011 at Atlanta) (Mason)

MOST ASSISTS, GAME: 2, (five times) (last -- March 18, 2011, vs. Montreal)

MOST POINTS, GAME: 2, (eight times) (last -- March 18, 2011, vs. Montreal) (two assists)

MOST PIM, GAME: 14 on Jan. 16, 2009 at Chicago

MOST SHOTS, GAME: 5 on Nov. 17, 2008 vs. Ottawa

FIRST NHL GAME: Oct.4, 2007 vs. Florida

FIRST NHL GOAL: Nov. 14, 2007 at New Jersey (Brodeur)

FIRST NHL ASSIST: Nov. 1, 2007, vs. Washington