Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal released a statement thanking everyone for the outpouring of support after he and his wife lost their baby daughter Hannah.
The Hurricanes center had missed the Carolina's NHL games on Friday and Saturday for personal reasons, which the team revealed was the death of his daughter.
"Our little Hannah had a terminal birth defect," Staal said in a statement. "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."
Hurricanes Captain Jordan Staal and his wife, Heather, today issued the following statement. pic.twitter.com/dVdO5rx5oj-- Carolina Hurricanes (@NHLCanes) February 28, 2018
Staal is the team's fifth-leading scorer, with 34 points in 60 games this season.