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Names in the Game

Names in the Game

Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins will become the youngest player in NHL history to play in 200 games if he takes the ice Tuesday night against Boston.
Staal will be 20 years, 111 days old on Tuesday, or four days younger than Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks was when he played in his 200th game in 1999-2000, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Staal, the No. 2 pick in the June 2006 draft, has missed only one game in three seasons with Pittsburgh.
In 199 career games, Staal has 52 goals and 39 assists for 91 points. He also has played in 25 NHL playoff games.
Staal, a center, made the NHL all-rookie team after scoring 29 goals in 2006-07 and was a finalist for the rookie of the year award won by teammate Evgeni Malkin.
Staal is the brother of Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Their younger brother, Jared, is a Phoenix Coyotes prospect.
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PARIS (AP) _ Chelsea's Didier Drogba says he entered this season having lost his passion for football.
"For several weeks this summer, I no longer had a head for football. I had completely lost the fire. I no longer wanted to hear talk of targets or ambition," the Ivory Coast striker said in an interview with France Football magazine published Tuesday. "I had absolutely no excitement or adrenaline. I felt completely extinguished. For the first time in my career, I had lost the passion for football. I was lost."
Drogba, who joined Chelsea from Marseille in 2004, told the magazine that he was profoundly shaken by the death of his grandmother in June.
"I felt as if all of my childhood memories were flying away. I felt I had aged brutally," the 30-year-old Drogba said. "For a long time, I put football on hold. After my injury, I really wasn't in a hurry to return, nor very motivated."
Drogba missed the start of the season with a knee injury, and then was given a three-game ban for throwing a coin back at fans who jeered him after scoring a goal. Despite the setbacks, Drogba said "this break was good for me. I now feel very strong, with a huge appetite."


Updated : 2021-04-15 00:30 GMT+08:00