The Stahl brothers meet in a National Hockey League game for the eleventh time and they live for God
The Stahl brothers played each other for the 11th time on November 9, 2022 (Photo by Florida Panthers via Twitter / @FlaPanthers)
Florida Panthers center Eric Stahl played the 1,300th game of his National Hockey League career Wednesday night, and two of his siblings were there to “celebrate” the occasion — by playing the same game. Mark Stahl is Eric’s teammate in Florida while Jordan Stahl is in his eleventh season with the Carolina Hurricanes.
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The Panthers’ 3-0 victory over the Hurricanes marked the eleventh time the three Stahl brothers had played in the same National Hockey League game. They combined for four shots at 43:13 on the ice.
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Florida Panthers November 9, 2022
Between the second and third runs, Katie Ingleson of Bally Sports Florida asked one thing people should know about Eric that they might not have known.
“I mean, he’s played 1,300 games so I’m sure everyone will know this, but he’s probably one of the most competitive guys I’ve ever met and I’ve had the honor to be a brother to them,” he said. Mark said. “He just wants to win, and he loves the game. That’s probably the most important thing.”
– Bally Sports Florida: Panthers (BallyPanthers) November 10, 2022
Florida Panthers November 10, 2022
The four Stahl brothers were raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and each was going to make it to the NHL – the importance of faith had been emphasized to them from an early age by their parents, Henry and Linda Stahl. Jordan explained in a 2018 interview with Promise Keepers Canada that his parents pushed them to make his relationship with God a priority.
“To this day I still don’t know how my parents did it,” he said. “Fortunately we had a lot of help from friends, and a lot of people helped us get the kids to and from training. Obviously my parents did an incredible job giving us the opportunity to play all the hockey we could. When I was growing up, I knew it wasn’t just hockey; I was I know we should make time for God and our relationship with Him. My parents did a great job instilling that in us and letting us know that whether it’s hockey or anything else in life, it’s easy to say you’re busy, but it’s so important to make time for God.”
Eric — the older brother — made his National Hockey League debut in 2003, followed by Jordan in 2006 and Mark in 2007. The fourth brother, Jared, played two Hurricane games in 2013. Eric won the Stanley Cup with Carolina in 2006, and Jordan did Same with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.
This is the third time that many of the Stahl brothers have been on the same team. Eric and Jordan were in Carolina together from the 2012-13 season until Eric traded with the New York Rangers Marks midway through the 2015-16 season. Back in March, they became the first three brothers to appear in 1,000 NHL games.
In 2012, the four brothers created the Staal Family Foundation, which seeks to “help improve the quality of life for children with cancer and their families.” The foundation of their firm belief allowed them to keep everything in order during their hockey journey.
“Hockey is an incredible sport and something that was obviously a big part of my life, but it’s not all of me; it’s not something I live for,” Jordan told Promise Keepers Canada. “I live for God, and hockey is definitely something I want to give God Glory to him.”
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