Calgary Flames centre Matt Stajan will miss an indefinite amount of time following the death of his newborn son, Emerson.
The Flames made the announcement Sunday afternoon.
“It is with great sadness we inform that Katie and Matt Stajan are grieving the loss of their son, Emerson Stajan,” the statement read. “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.”
Stajan, who agreed to a four-year extension with the Flames earlier this year, has 10 goals and 13 assists through 52 games this season.
A private memorial service will take place for Emerson in the coming days.