VANCOUVER – Eric Staal became the 23rd member of the Triple Gold Club on Sunday, February 2008, 2010, after winning the Olympic gold medal in Canada’s 3-2 overtime victory against the United States.
The Triple Gold Club is the exclusive circle of players who have won the three greatest accomplishments in international hockey: Gold in the Olympic Games, in the World Championship and the Stanley Cup for the NHL champion.
The 25-year-old won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, scoring a career-high 128 points (54 goals, 74 assists) in 107 games in his second NHL season en route to the Stanley Cup triumph.
Staal won the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Moscow with Team Canada. Staal also won the silver medal with his second participation one year later in Quebec City.
Staal completed the Triple Gold Club criteria by winning Olympic gold in Vancouver on February 28. The forward had six points (1+5) in seven games.
“At my age, I feel quite honoured to be in that mix. It’s an elite club. Hopefully I’ve got many more years ahead of me to add a few numbers to that,” Staal said after the gold medal game.
The previous 22 Triple Gold Club members were officially honoured a few days earlier on February 22 with an induction ceremony in Vancouver.
Click here for a list of all Triple Gold Club members.
Note: Mike Babcock became the first “Triple Gold Coach”. Babcock led Canada to World Championship gold 2004 in Prague, won the Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings in 2008 and coached Canada to the gold in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.