Petes alumnus Jordan Staal wearing the ‘C’ in Carolina


The Carolina Hurricanes have a Staal wearing the ‘C’ for a second time in their history.

Jordan Staal, younger brother of fellow Peterborough Petes graduate and once-Canes captain Eric Staal began the 2019-20 season as the seventh full-time captain in club history.

Staal inherits the ‘C’ from another OHL graduate in Justin Williams who announced he’d be stepping away from the game prior to the start of the season.

Staal has embarked on his eighth season in Carolina since being acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in June 2012. The 31-year-old Thunder Bay, Ont. native and former Stanley Cup champion was originally the second overall pick of the 2006 NHL Draft by the Penguins, being chosen just months after helping guide the Petes to an OHL Championship.

A former third overall pick in the 2004 OHL Priority Selection, Staal’s stay in the Ontario Hockey League lasted just two seasons before he made the jump to the NHL as an 18-year-old. He recorded 96 points (37-59–96) over 134 regular season games in Peterborough, playing a big part in the club’s 2006 title with 16 points (10-6–16) over 19 playoff contests.

Since entering the NHL in 2006, Staal has produced 513 career points (218-295–513) over 897 career regular season games.

The third-oldest of four brothers to play in the Ontario Hockey League, Jordan was also joined by older brothers Eric (Peterborough Petes, 2000-03) and Marc (Sudbury Wolves, 2003-07) along with younger brother Jared (Sudbury Wolves, 2006-10).

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