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Stajan to play first game since son’s passing

Mar 17, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

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On Tuesday, Calgary center Matt Stajan will play in his first game since his newborn son, Emerson, died on March 3.

Flames head coach Bob Hartley confirmed the news on Monday. Stajan had missed the last eight games after leaving the team following a win over Edmonton on Mar. 1.

Stajan and wife Katie issued the following statement today:

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the incredible outpouring of love and support, during this very difficult time.

“All of you have touched our lives with your kindness and compassion and we truly appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

“Our son, Emerson, will forever be in all of our hearts. Thank you for taking the time to think of us and grieve this unbearable loss with us. It means so much and we are grateful for all of your support.”

Calgary will host the Sabres tomorrow night at the Saddledome.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 17, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    RIP, Emerson Stajan.

  2. govtminion - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    After all this, I’m sure he’s probably looking forward to getting back on the ice- if nothing else, just to get back to a normal routine and have his mind on something else for a few hours. After going through the same thing many years ago, all I wanted was to just be at work- because it meant not being at home.

    Best of luck to the Stajan family in these tough times.

  3. titansbro - Mar 17, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    as a father of 2 young boys myself, this kinda thing is heartbreaking. good luck to ya brother.

  4. canada2014gold - Mar 17, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    That’s terrible, my heart goes out to Stajan.

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