Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | August 8, 2011

Man of the Day 8/8: Marc Staal

Marc Staal

Born January 13, 1987 (age 24) in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

Defenseman and alternate captain for the New York Rangers

[Hey Kris, thanks for helping me out when my internet was out for ALL of last night…and I mean all, folks–went out at like 7:30 p.m. and stayed out until at least 4 a.m. when I went to bed because I’m a night owl. It was no fun but I’m back now!]

Krista and I have decided to dedicate the next four days to the awesomeness that is the Staal brothers. First up: the second brother, Marc. We’re throwing the typical chronological order out the window. Staal started out by playing for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves and was the team’s captain for a time. (Adorably, he and his youngest brother Jared played together for the 2006-07 season.) He helped the Wolves reach their first OHL finals in 30 years! In 2005, he was drafted by the Rangers (12th overall), so he’s homegrown talent. His NHL debut came in October 2007, though his first assist and goal both came in November. His rookie year also included his first playoffs run, although the Rangers lost in the semifinals to the Penguins. In Summer 2009, all three NHL-level Staals were invited to try out for the Canadian 2010 Olympics team, although only Eric made it. 2010 saw him become an RFA, but he signed a five-year extension with the Rangers, so he’ll be a reliable presence for the blueshirts for some time yet. He was also named alternate in 2010. In another Collision of the Staals, in the 2011 All-Star Game, he played on the same team as Eric.

This is a pretty neat photo of him and Alexander Ovechkin. Hey! Who turned off the gravity?!

Staal’s known for his checks, like the one in the above photo. He’s even checked Jordan before, which I bet was a bit awkward postgame. In this most recent season, he played 77 games, scored 7 goals, got 22 assists and 50 penalty minutes. In the playoffs run, he played five games, didn’t score any goals, got an assist and stayed out of the penalty box completely. But like I said, the Rangers have a lot of faith in him, so he’ll continue to be a strong presence in New York for at least half a decade more.

A sweet aside: Staal is engaged to his girlfriend and high school sweetheart, Lindsay. Sweeter still: he proposed on Christmas Day 2010. Aww!

That view’s not bad either.

– Emma

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