Staal back to 'help win a gold'

TERRY JONES -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:38 AM ET

QUEBEC CITY -- Eric Staal was driving back from his grandfather's funeral in Thunder Bay on Wednesday when his dad mentioned he'd heard a score from the Canada-Norway quarter-final game at the world hockey championship.

His father didn't tell him it was 2-2 at the time.

"He said it was pretty close. But I knew they'd pull it out," said Staal, who returned to the team yesterday in time to practise for today's semi-final game against Sweden.

Staal said he was touched with his team dedicating the game against Norway to him so he could return to the tournament.

"It means a lot," he said.

He also raved about how Hockey Canada handled his situation.

Staal said he never considered not returning to the team.

"I don't think my grandfather would have liked that. He'd have wanted me here to help win a gold medal for Canada."


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