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Matt Stajan on leave from Flames after death of newborn son

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"Matt Stajan has been out of the lineup for the past four games for the Calgary Flames and no reason was given for his absence until Sunday. The Flames announced the tragic reason why on Sunday; Matt and his wife Katie Stajan have been grieving the loss of their baby boy, Emerson. He passed shortly after his birth on Monday.

Stajan is going to be out indefinitely. The Flames shared the feelings of everybody in their statement.

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.

A private memorial service will take place in the ensuing days.

It's just the worst possible news, unthinkable really. Absolutely heartbreaking. Best wishes to the Stajans."

Thats horrible

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that is just tragic ....... i couldn't even imagine after all the excitement of having your own flesh and blood coming into this world and then taken so soon. If that happened to me with either one of my kids i would .... (i don't even want to think about it)

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I think this is one of those stories where we just need to let it be read, and not commented on.

I almost lost my first daughter to complications after birth and I can only fathom how these two must feel.

Maybe for once we can leave well enough alone. Wish them the best hang our heads a moment and just walk away?

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Oh Christ....

And we b$tch about Kessler not being traded...

Puts things in perspective

Exactly.. family is all that matters in the end. Kesler is a guy who built his family in Vancouver and loves it here, yet people doubt his sincerity.. more than just about hockey..

but that's not the point.. very tragic anytime this happens. I couldn't imagine. My son is what has kept me going.

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And all of a sudden the game of hockey becomes very very trivial. Games dont matter a whole lot tonight.

As a father myself, I cannot imagine what this would feel like. I got tears in my eyes at the very thought of anything happening to my own. All thoughts are with the Stajan family.


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