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Matt Stajan speaks to journalists at the ACC in Toronto Sunday, January 31, 2010. (Darren Calabrese For The Globe and Mail)
Matt Stajan speaks to journalists at the ACC in Toronto Sunday, January 31, 2010. (Darren Calabrese For The Globe and Mail)

Flames forward Stajan takes leave from team after death of newborn son Add to ...

Calgary Flames forward Matt Stajan has taken a personal leave from the team following the death of his newborn son.

The Flames said in a release that Emmerson Stajan died on Monday following childbirth.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Katie and Matt at this difficult time,” the Flames said in a statement. “We appreciate that everyone has and will continue to respect their privacy during this period.”

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Stajan signed a four-year extension with the Flames earlier this year. He has 10 goals and 13 assists in 52 games this season.

The Flames said a private memorial service will be held in the coming days.

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