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Stajan takes leave of absence from Flames following son’s death

Mar 9, 2014, 5:27 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames announced that forward Matt Stajan is taking a leave of absence after his son Emerson died following childbirth on March 3.

Here’s the Flames’ release regarding that awful news.

It is with great sadness we inform that Katie and Matt Stajan are grieving the loss of their son, Emerson Stajan. Emerson passed away Monday, March 3, 2014, following childbirth.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Katie and Matt at this difficult time. We appreciate that everyone has and will continue to respect their privacy during this period.

A private memorial service will take place in the ensuing days.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    How sad! And how awful! Stajan’s grief and sadness must be immesurable.

    Words of sympathy don’t seem to be enough; only to say how very, very sorry I am.

    • valoisvipers - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:57 PM

      Kind words Patty and I couldn’t agree with you more.

  2. qauzaq - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Terrible news. I can only imagine the pain him and his family are felling right now….terrible this happened.

  3. sjsharks66 - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    This is terrible.. My thoughts are with him and his wife.

  4. 101starmymedic - Mar 9, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Unreal…big prayers to him and his family.

  5. notmrknowitall - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Having gone through this myself, I believe he’s doing the right thing. It will be a tough couple months for him, but things will get better over time. Wish him and his wife/family all the best.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:30 PM

      Sympathies to you, too. Sorry for your loss.

  6. djshnooks - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:40 PM

    Terrible. A friend of mine dealt with this.

    I hope the Stajan’s find some solace in this difficult time. Getting back on the ice as soon as possible might be the best thing for him, as crazy as that may sound.

    Godspeed to them and their family.

  7. jhaegs - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    My wife is 8mos pregnant. I can’t imagine the heartbreak he and his wife are going through. Best wishes to them…

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      Best wishes to you and to your wife for a safe delivery.

  8. penguins87and71 - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    My thoughts are prayers are with Stajan and his family. This is just a reminder that there is bigger things in the world then hockey. I couldn’t imagine losing a child and I don’t have any.

  9. yukon13 - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    How awful! So, so sorry for your loss. R.I.P.

  10. jpelle82 - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:41 AM

    i lost a daughter a few hours after birth in april 2010. its not easy, especially since i have 4 other healthy kids as a reminder every day. he’s doing the right thing, he needs to be there for his wife especially. for my wife who is a stay at home mom, time kinda stood still and i dont know what wouldve happened if i went back to work right away without helping to get my house in order. we as men tend to deal with things differently and having only a few short hours with the baby i hate to admit it was probably easier for me than it was for my wife having carried her and having more of a physical attachment. as time went on it got harder for me and easier for her. stajan’s time will come to deal with the grief, whether its now or later. no matter what though, taking the time now…even if its for his wife’s sake is the most important thing no matter what type of job you have or how important you are.

    • patthehockeyfan - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:45 AM

      Thank you, jpelle, for sharing what was and still is a painful memory for you. Your words bring tears to my eyes. So very sorry for your loss.

      • jpelle82 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:59 AM

        you’re welcome. its easier to forget about it but sometimes you wonder as a parent what kind of legacy she would have established, who she wouldve been, what kind of adult and mother she wouldve turned into so any time i can talk about her i jump on the opportunity even if its only to selfishly keep her relevant in my own heart.

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