Professional athletes have both advantages and disadvantages when planning a wedding:
Advantages: easier to foot the bill, automatic off seasons built in to not worry about work, and friends and family excited to be a part of their big event.
Disadvantages: schmucks like us keeping tabs on you, having to try keep up with other millionaire friends and teammates weddings, and of course, the possibility of getting traded on your wedding day.
If you’re Jordan Staal, that’s exactly what you need to worry about. Staal, who also happens to be one of the four professional hockey playing Staal brothers, admits that when planning his wedding day, he didn’t take into account that it was the same day as the NHL Draft (which also happens to be a very common day for player transactions). Staal found out from his agent during the reception that he had been traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins to the Carolina Hurricanes.
While some might be devastated by such news, this may have actually been the best wedding gift the Penguins could have given him. Staal reportedly turned down a 10 year extension from the Penguins, and admitted that the possibility of playing with his brother Eric (who is the captain of the Canes), was an exciting proposition on his mind when he passed on the contract. His youngest brother, Jared also plays for Carolina’s AHL affiliate.
As for his new bride, unfortunately, not much is known about Heather She has been involved in a number of Pittsburgh Penguins Wives charity events, so it’s easy to speculate she’ll be involved in Carolina as well. Beyond that,… let’s hope she enjoys packing this summer.