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Hurricanes Announce Jordan Staal's Infant Daughter Has Died

A view of a hockey net from above.

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 29: A graphic view of the net on the hockey rink photographed prior to the game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 29, 2012 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 5-3. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Carolina Hurricanes announced some truly heartbreaking news this morning. One of their star players has lost a daughter.

Jordan Staal, the Hurricanes' captain, has lost his infant daughter, Hannah. She died on Saturday.

Carolina's franchise announced the tragic news on Twitter.

"The thoughts and prayers of the entire Hurricanes organization are with Jordan and Heather Staal on the loss of their infant daughter, Hannah. We ask that you please respect their family's privacy at this time," the statement said.

Here's the full release:

Staal, 29, has missed the team's last two games. The team originally said he was missing them due to family and personal reasons.

It is unclear when Staal will be back.

Staal is a Canada native. He's played for the Hurricanes and the Penguins. He's one of four brothers playing in the NHL.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Jordan and his family. May his daughter rest in peace.