Fans share condolences to ex-Penguin Jordan Staal on infant daughter's death
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes' Jordan Staal said Wednesday the death of his infant daughter, Hannah, was caused by a terminal birth defect.
In a statement released by the team, Staal said, "While we prayed for a miracle, or even a few more minutes with her, she came into this world stillborn. Nonetheless, we are still very thankful for our short time with her."
Hurricanes Captain Jordan Staal and his wife, Heather, today issued the following statement. pic.twitter.com/dVdO5rx5oj— Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) February 28, 2018
Staal, a former Penguin, said he and his wife, Heather, were "absolutely amazed" by the support they have received from friends, family and the hockey community.
"We just wanted to say thank you," he said.
The resulting outpouring of sentiment on Twitter was strong.
My most sincere condolences to the Stall family. I'm a big Jets fan, but hockey doesn't matter. I hope all find peace.— Werner Nickerson (@wernernickerson) February 28, 2018
I can't imagine the heartache you and your family feel, my condolences.— Smitsy (@m109smitsy) February 28, 2018
Loved him in Pittsburgh ! Sending prayers— Jordan Belfort (@BeauShull) March 1, 2018
I think all hockey fans and beyond, all feel the sadness with the news of this tragic loss. We are all hear to help in any way to ease your pain.— Wayne (@moon_111) March 1, 2018
Sending love and prayers. Many hugs from the Penguins hockey family.— Chill Kessel (@ChillKessel) February 28, 2018
Leafs Nation is mourning your loss Jordan your angel will always protect u!— Angela (@LeafsAngela) February 28, 2018