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Fans share condolences to ex-Penguin Jordan Staal on infant daughter's death

| Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 7:21 p.m.
The Hurricanes' and Jordan Staal is pictured during the national anthem prior to a game against the Rangers on April 25, 2013, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
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The Hurricanes' and Jordan Staal is pictured during the national anthem prior to a game against the Rangers on April 25, 2013, at PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C.
The Hurricanes' Jordan Staal beats the Penguins' Jamie Oleksiak in the second period Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.
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The Hurricanes' Jordan Staal beats the Penguins' Jamie Oleksiak in the second period Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at PPG Paints Arena.

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."

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.

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