Thursday, December 23, 2010

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Chapter Seventy-Six

The next morning it was back to the arena for morning skate as the team prepared to take on the Habs. Miriya stood on the bench and watched as her boys ran drills, both passing and shooting. Everyone looked to be on top of their game and all of the coaching staff was pleased. That night though not everyone was not playing their 'A', Sidney was slacking. Though the Pens managed to win, again, Sidney didn't have a shot through sixty-minutes, he did however have five give-aways.

"Sidney, we need to talk," Miriya said walking into the locker room.

"Alright coach," he placed his helmet on the shelf. "What's up?"

"What was that out there?" She didn't give him time to answer. "That was awful. I know everyone has an off game, but that was horrible. I know that you're the greatest player in the NHL, I've been hearing that since you were drafted." She could tell by the look on his face that her words hurt him. "And I agree, you are the greatest player in the NHL, but that doesn't mean you won't get yelled at when you have a bad game. Now I know you're probably going to beat yourself up about this all night, so I'm done with you. Go home, take care of your kid and your wife, and show up ready to practice tomorrow. I know that when something is off about your game you work until you fix it. So the arena will be open and I'll be in my office if you want to come in early. I'm not only saying this as your coach but as your friend Sid. I love you and I'll see you in the morning."

"Okay coach, I'm sorry."

"Don't apologize, just fix it."

Miriya pulled into the driveway and found the house quiet. Scott was asleep and Jordan sat in bed with the TV on low watching movie. She tried to be careful as she went to her dresser to comfortable clothes, but when she stepped into the room he looked to her with a smile.

"Hey baby, you were so cute I didn't want to disturb you."

"It's okay, do you have to shower tonight?"

"Mhm," she said shedding her jacket, blouse, and dress pants. "Care to join me?"

"I would love to," he said getting out of bed. He placed his hands on her shoulders and gently pushed her into the bathroom. There the rest of the clothing was shed and they stepped into the shower where the warm water awaited them. "I've known you for eight years and am still incredibly turned on every time I see you."

"I'm glad," she said with a smile. "I want Scotty to have a little brother or sister."

"Me too," he pushed her against the black tile wall and had his way with her.

Once they had finished Miriya finished with her shower and the Staals went to the bedroom where they got a goodnight's sleep.


Morning came and at seven o'clock Miriya got out of bed, got Scott ready and went to the arena, arriving at seven forty-five. In her office she was working out last minute details for the road trip that would start later that night. She could hear pucks hitting the boards and looked at the clock in the corner of her computer screen, eight o'clock. Hitting send on the e-mail to Ray she got up from her desk and went to the end of the runway. There stood Sid taking shots off the end boards and trying to redirect them into the net. Miriya didn't say anything she just smiled and went back to her office to wait for practice.

"Kay boys, the Caps are next," she said as practice was drawing to a close. "We're leaving tonight, sorry Scuds, and have the day off tomorrow but we're going to have team bonding for some of the day, okay?" The team all agreed. "I'll see you you later tonight."

Everyone went home to pack and were at the airport for their flight to Washington. Upon arriving in D.C the team boarded the bus and went to their hotel, the Crystal City Marriott. In all of the hotels they had stayed at, this was the prettiest. The lobby had decorative plants, couches, a water feature, and a classy bar. "You guys remember my D.C. trip when I was in high school?"

"You mean the one time your parents actually let you go with them?" Max asked.

"Yeah, that one. Well this is the hotel that I sat down to wait for the bus and fell asleep." The guys laughed and soon everyone was checked in and given their room keys. Since it was only nine o'clock most of the guys dropped their stuff in their rooms and either stayed there or went to the bar. Miriya had convinced Michelle to watch Scott while she went to the bar with Jordan.

Feeling generous Miriya let the boys sleep in until ten, but made sure that everyone was ready and in the lobby by eleven. "Everyone has money, right?" Everyone answered at the same time and she assumed that they all had some money with them "Okay, we're going to go to the underground mall where you guys can get some lunch, but I want to get on the Metro around two and go to the World War II memorial and the Washington Monument. We're also going to Arlington." She stopped to think for a moment. "Actually, let's take the Metro to Arlington and then I'll have the bus pick us up and take us to the monuments." The team started to walk towards the mall. "Two o'clock boys, be at the Metro station!" Hoping that all of the guys heard her and she headed towards the mall hand in hand with Jordan.

Exploring some of the shops they found somewhere to get some lunch, some little South Western barbecue. Both Staals ordered ribs and while waiting for them to arrive they fed Scott some yummy baby food. After a delicious meal they looked through a few more stores on their way to the Metro station. Surprisingly the entire team was there by two o'clock. "Wow you boys do listen to me."

The next part they weren't so good at, loading money onto their Metro cards. Colby was one of those who needed help, but he certainly wasn't the only one. Finally everyone had their cards loaded and saw that the next train going to Arlington Cemetery would be arriving in three minutes. "Okay boys we're not all going to end up in the same car so when we get to Arlington please get off the train. I really don't want to lose any of you in downtown Washington." Everyone laughed and soon boarded the train.


Arriving at the cemetery Miriya's grip on Jordan's hand tightened. "Okay boys you all have to see the changing of the guard because it's really impressive. After that I'm going to see a grave, none of you have to come with me," she stopped herself from thinking of the first time she saw the grave when she was a junior in high school. "Kay boys, let's go."

Making their way through the cemetery they finally made it to the tomb of the unknown soldier. Filling onto the steps the boys stood silently and at attention throughout the impressive display of military skill. Once everyone was allowed to speak again the boys went to the side and talked about how amazing it had been. "Boys I'm going to see that grave now, you can meet me at the entrance if you want."

She started off towards the far end of the cemetery by herself, walking more slowly than she normally would. She didn't know the man personally but she knew his story and it affected her. Though it hurt her to think back to his death she felt it was necessary to visit his grave. The bouquet of roses in her hand kept her mind from those thoughts and eventually she came to where she needed to be. Section sixty stood in front of her and soon she found the right tombstone, kneeling down in front of it. Laying the roses down she placed her hand on the stone and began to pray. The last time she had been in this spot she had managed not to cry, this time she couldn't hold the tears back. A single tear fell to her cheek, but she didn't bother to wipe it away. The entire team had quietly come up to the section and looked on as she continued to cry. Colby who was holding Scott handed him to Kris and started towards her. He and Jordan knelt down on either side of their coach and put their arm around her.

"It was seven years ago that he got the medal of honor," she brought herself to say. "I was here and I still can't believe what he did." She choked back her tears to continue to speak. "He was nineteen and he gave up his life so that his friends could live. I always question whether I would do that same?"

"I know baby, it's okay. Come here." She stood and Jordan wrapped his arms tightly around her. Colby hugged her next and left a kiss on the top of her head. The rest of the team lined up to hug her and the last hug was from Brooks. He held her tightly against his body and whispered, "It's okay sweetheart, we're all here for you."

"I know, thank you." As Brooks let her go she wiped the tears from her eyes. "Thank you boys, you always know how to make me feel better. Get on the bus and let's go explore downtown."

Once everyone had loaded onto the bus Kris came and placed a hand on her shoulder. "Are you okay now babe?"

"Yeah, thanks. It was an emotional time and coming back was obviously hard. But I love that you guys care about me so much."

"Of course we care about you," Colby said.

"You're our best friend," Hallsy added.

"We've known you for years and love you," Scudsy added.

"And some of us are just in love with you," Jordan whispered before placing a kiss on her cheek.

The trip to the Mall was quick and when they arrived most of the boys stared at the beauty of the World War II Memorial. The large stone structure and fountain in the center held the teams attention for quite a while. After about half an hour they decided to cross the street to where the Washington Monument was and spent a good while there too. The team stayed together for dinner and returned to the hotel.

Miriya put Scott to bed and sat down in bed where she waited for Ovechkin's face on FSN causing her to quickly shut the TV off and wait in silence. Soon Jordan came out from the bathroom in a pair of black boxers and sat sown on the edge of the bed. "Hey I know how important today was for you."

"I'm glad you guys came with me," she kissed his cheek. "Thank you baby."

"You know all of us would do anything for you."


Game day dawned and the team want to the Verizon Center for a shortened morning skate. Dinner and pre-game naps took place as usual and soon it was time to be back at the arena for the battle against the Caps. Back in Pittsburgh those who were watching the game saw DJ Po. "The Penguins who are in Washington tonight had the real Washington experience yesterday thanks to Coach Staal." The video started and showed the team exploring the underground shops, arriving at Arlington, and also the World War II Memorial and Washington Monument. Thankfully they didn't show Miriya crying at the cemetery.

The game was won and was dominated by the Pens. They stayed in D.C one more night before heading to Dallas where they took on Stars. The Stars who had been at the top of the West all year fought hard and edged Miriya's team in a shoot-out. A former Penguin and former Star who had been in attendance came into the away locker room and tapped Miriya on the shoulder. Turning around she smiled widely when she saw who it was. "Syd!"

"Staalsy it's good to see you."

As if out of nowhere Michelle came running, "DARRYL!"

She ran into his out stretched arms and he pulled her into a hug. "Hey Chelle, how are you?"
"Great now that you're here."

The four younger guys looked on wondering who it was. "Darryl Sydor," Miriya said walking past them. "Played for the Pens til late oh eight when he was traded to the Stars for I think his third stint with them."

"Yes, it was my third stint," he said with a smile.

After speaking with Darryl for a while the team went to the bus and to the airport to return back to Pittsburgh.


January ended and February brought a huge blizzard. Practice had been scheduled for the morning of the fifth but Miriya quickly canceled when she looked out the kitchen window to see the lawn covered in a thick layer of snow and more steadily falling from the sky that could barely be seen.

When Jordan, Nik, and Scott had woken they ate breakfast and sat down as a family to watch a movie. Scott has just recently started 'walking' and didn't like to sit still for long. Jordan got up from the couch holding Scott's hands and he took a few steps before stumbling and sitting down on the floor with a giggle. "Ar-my," he said clearly.

Miriya and Nik looked from the TV to the eleven month old. "Did he just speak?"

"Army," he said again.

"My son's first word would be Colby's name," Miriya said with a laugh.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Chapter Seventy-Five

So I know that it's been FOREVER! But in honor of our boys getting our their first win at the CEC here's a new chapter. I know this chapter sucks, but keep in mind I wrote this quite a while ago and it was inspired by an episode of House. Comments are greatly appreciated. GO PENS! <3


Jordan, Geno, Sid, Mark, Brooks, Kris, Georges, and Ryan slowly stood from their stalls and started towards the runway, each glancing back at Miriya with concern. She managed to force a smile and as instructed sat down at her husband's stall. Being the brave, adventurous, military trained girl that she was, Miriya decided to speak up. "I'm just wondering, what do you plan on achieving by holding half of a professional hockey team hostage?"

"Brave little girl, aren't you?"

"If I wasn't I wouldn't be where I am right now, but you didn't answer my question."

"Okay, let me explain myself. I'm a Flyers' fan and I'm sick of watching my team lose to you, the miracle team. Youngest coach in NHL history, Malkin, Crosby, Staal, Fleury, the list goes on and on. Your team has beat up on mine for years and I want it to end."

"What are you trying to say, you want us to blow the game?" Nik asked.

"Yes Mr. Vandershmut that's exactly what I want, but I didn't say you could speak. If you want to keep your shot as strong as it is I suggest you keep your mouth shut!

"Okay, so you want us to blow the game, and what would you get from this? A 'W' on the score sheet, two points on the season, maybe move up to tenth in the conference?" With each word that Miriya said the man grew angrier and his grip on the gun grew tighter. "Wouldn't a hard fought, well deserved win be better? Don't you think Philly would be a little upset if they defeat us because we let them win?"

"Shut up! Who said they had to know you blew the game?"

Miriya went on to answer the question ans as she did the eight guys who had left the locker room sat in the first few rows by the runway. "How do you think Miriya's taking it?" Bugsy asked.

"She's a tough girl, I'm sure she's fine," Jordan said, his voice shaking.

"You okay, Gronk?" Mark asked.

"Yeah, I'm good, well as good as someone who's wife is being held in her own locker room by a man with a gun can be."

"It's okay Jay, we're all worried too," Kris ran his fingers through his hair. "I'm sure everyone's okay," he said looking to Sid and Geno who's faces held looks similar to Jordan's.

"Michelle and Cassie are tough too," Georges said. "If we should worry about anyone it's the guys, he made those guys stay in there for a reason."

"It's true, two of the main fighters are out here. I'm not saying that the rest of the guys are weak, but it's the fighters and the loved ones out here."

"Brooksy's right," Sid said. "Cassie and Michelle are in there while Geno and I are out here."

"And Kris, Brooks and Mark are out here because there's a little bit more than just friendship between you guys and Staalsy." Mark looked to Geno. "Come on Mark, everyone knows there's something between you guys."

"Okay, I admit it. Where the hell are the police?"

Back in the locker room the intruder hadn't made any progress and Miriya was dominating conversation. "I really don't see you gaining anything from this, and my team will not blow the game."

Just as she was saying this the police were pulling into the parking lot and busting through the door, trying to find their way to the locker room. "Your team will blow the game!" And with that he fired a shot at the floor, it bounced, and everyone ducked. The bullet finally landed at Miriya's feet.

"Shots fired!" One officer said from the hall. Inching closer to the door an officer yelled, "This is the police, drop your weapon!" He dropped his gun to the floor. "Hands on your hand and get down on the floor." He did as he was instructed, was handcuffed, and lead outside. At this point there were news vans, ambulances, and reporters from at least two local newspapers.

While the man was taken outside Miriya and the rest of the team went out to the ice surface. "Baby, are you okay?" Jordan asked pulling her into a comforting hug and holding her head to his chest.

"I'm fine," she said as Jordan brushed her bangs to the side and kissed the top of her head. "Boys are you okay?" She asked, turning to everyone who had been in the locker room with her.
"We're fine Staalsy, we were worried about you," Colby said.

"Seriously, you were great in there," Erik added.

Each of the players brought her into a hug, Brooks, Eats, and Kris held her longer than the other guys and placed a kiss on her cheek. "We're all glad that you're okay," Mark whispered while he held her. "We were all really worried, especially Jordan."

Miriya looked over at her husband and smiled knowing that he had worried about her. The look of terror that had been in his eyes had been replaced by a look of want, longing to hold her. Miriya could see this and took his hand after being released from Mark's arms. Right as she was taking his hand a police officer came in to question her and she led him into the lounge where it would be quieter and she could be comfortable. She brought Jordan with her and he held her tightly as she retold what had happened. Erin had been taking care of Scott the whole time and when Miriya was done answering all of the questions the police had for her Erin brought him down.

By the time that all of this had ended it was almost one o'clock. "Well it looks like i'm not getting a pre-game nap today," Miriya said.

"Always thinking about the game, huh?" he asked with a laugh. "Let's go home and get something to eat, we need to be back here in three hours."

Three hours later Miriya was back at the arena and sitting in her office awaiting the arrival of the boys. Jordan who took his own car and came with Nik arrived at about five o'clock and stopped into Miriya's office placing a kiss on her cheek and spinning the chair to face him. "Hey, you okay?"

"Yeah, if anyone should be asking that it's me, Mark told me you were worried."

"You were in the room with a man with a loaded gun, none of us who got sent out of the room knew what he wanted. I know you're tough and brave, believe me I know, but I worry about you a lot. I don't know what I would do without you baby, I love you more than anything in the world."

"I know baby, I love you too, seriously you are my world." She pressed her lips to his for a quick kiss and he brought her into his arms making her feel safe.

When it was time for the guys to suit up Jordan went to the locker room and Miriya turned on her stereo while placing her chain around her neck. 'Don't Stop Believing' ended and soon it was time to take the ice. The game started off well and as always, between the cross-state rivals there was pushing and shoving after nearly ever whistle. Ryan Parent had obviously learned his lesson the last time the two teams met and did not mess with Jordan at all.

The game ended with the Guins leading the Flyers three to one and Miriya was glad to be back home when she stepped through the front door. She went to the bathroom where she quickly showered, but the hot water eased her tense muscles. When she got into bed Jordan was watching the news.

"The Penguins continue their winning ways, though there were some doubts of whether a win would be possible tonight. Earlier today a Flyers fan disguised as a delivery man entered Consol Energy Center just before the team left after morning skate. Holding more than half the team, both assistant coaches, equipment manager, team doctor, and coach Miriya Staal hostage. He asked that his team be allowed to win the game. Staal stood up for herself and the intruder was taken away by police. Jason Clearwater of Philadelphia, PA is in the Allegheny County jail on charges for trespassing, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of an unregistered weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon. Despite all of this the Pens defeated their cross-state rivals for the third time this season by the score of three to one. "

The reporter continued to talk but Jordan turned the TV off. "Enough of that for the day, that's a lot of charges though."

"Yep, I hope his cell has a nice view, he'll be there for a while."

Jordan smiled and kissed her cheek before moving behind her and placing a kiss on the back of her neck. His hands went to her shoulders and he began to massage her back.

At the Malkin house, Cassie had gotten back from cleaning up the locker room , showered, and was sitting in bed next to Geno. "I hear Jordan was worried today."

"Yeah, we all were, for all of you. We knew that you, Miriya, and Michelle would be brave about it and we thought that might get you in trouble. We were worried about one of the guys saying something stupid."

Cassie laughed, "I'm just glad it's over and that no one got hurt."

"Me too baby, I love you." He kissed her cheek and brought her closer.

"I love you too Evgeni Vladimirovitch Malkin."

Almost the same conversation took place at most of the other guys' houses.

Back at the Staal house Jordan had removed Miriya's shirt, straddled her hips, and continued to work on her tense muscles. Every few minutes he would place a kiss on her shoulder. She rolled over and his lips met hers. Pulling her shirt back over her head she lay back down and received one last kiss.

"It was rather quiet last night," Nik said.

"That's because nothing happened," Miriya said.

"That's a first," Nik said with a laugh.

"Funny Nik," Jordan said.

"Funny but true."

"Alright boys," Miriya said with a laugh. "Enjoy your day off."

"Oh don't worry we will," Jordan said with a sly smile.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Chapter Seventy-Four

I know that it's been forever, but I hope that you enjoy this new edition. Comments are greatly appreciated. GO PENS! ♥

Chapter Seventy-Four

With the twenty-first came the start of the All-Star break, but Miriya still held practice that morning. "Alright boys, enjoy your break, I'll see you back here on Monday for practice. Sid, Jordan, Kris, Geno, and Nik I'll see you in Boston." The boys cleared the ice and as soon as she could Miriya made her way home where she finished packing her own things as well as Scott's for the trip. They had booked an extra night at the hotel so that they could have a romantic evening. Their flight was leaving at three which meant they needed to be at the airport by one. "Jordan you almost ready?" Miriya asked from the bedroom.

Jordan who had been showering and was now brushing his teeth opened the door saying, "Mhm."

"Spit and then speak," Miriya said with a giggle.

Jordan turned and spit the toothpaste in the sink before turning and saying, clearly this time, "Yes, I'll be ready to leave in like ten minutes."

"Alright Nik, I'll see you in Boston tomorrow. Be good."

"See ya."


The drive to the airport went quickly and the airport itself brought long security lines. Once they had made it to their gate they found somewhere to get something to eat. Broading call came and the Staal's found their seats in the middle of the plane. Take off and landing were relatively smooth, well as smooth as take and landing can be. Upon arriving in Boston they called a cab, and opened the door to their hotel room at about six-thirty.

Dinner was brought up by room service and the night was spent quietly... well as quiet as they could make it.

The next morning they went down to the lobby to get breakfast and looked around Boston for a while before the rest of the players started to arrive. All of the guys from Pittsburgh flew in together and met up with Miriya, Jordan, and Scott for a late lunch. "Long time, no see," Miriya said.

"So what's the deal for tonight?" Sid asked.

"Dinner with the rest of the guys, tomorrow we sign for the fans, then the skill competition, and finally Sunday is the game."

That night everyone met in the banquet room for dinner. Miriya had just sat down with the rest of the Penguins when there was tap on her shoulder. She turned to see a tall, handsome man with short brown hair, and who looked a lot younger than he really was. "Coach Staal!"

"Savvy! I haven't talked to you in forever, how are you?"

"Pretty good, working hard. Your team's kicking ass this year."

Miriya smiled and Sid got up from the table to join the conversation. "Marc."

"Sidney," Marc said extending his hand.

"I don't understand how you can be such good friends off the ice, but when you're playing talk shit and practically kill each other."

"You know how it is," Jordan said. "No friends on the ice."

With that being said everyone sat down to eat and finished their conversations after wards. Miriya took time to talk to all of the players from both conferences but spending the most time with Eric, Pat, Johnny, and Savvy. Haley watched Scott so that she could get used to taking care of a baby; she would be watching him during all of the fan appearances, skills competition, and the game as well.


Saturday morning the All-Stars met for breakfast and shortly after arrived at the Bank-North Garden where there were thousands of fans. Signing autographs and taking pictures took up most of the day and dinner was squeezed in before the skills competition. All of the players wore their teams jersey and waited in the locker room for introductions. Once introduced they stood on or around the benches as the first event was set to take place.

The first challenge was the fastest skater and two Penguins were involved; Sidney and Kris. The first few skaters rounded the last corner with decent times, Sid was the fifth skater, ending up with the fastest time with only one skater left. That skater was Kris, who quickly rounded the ice shaving two seconds off Sidney's time; getting a point for the East.

Accuracy was next and Geno who had joined the eight for eight club in oh-nine was one of those competing. He was the second shooter and eight for eight again, bringing the East another point.
To give the big All-Stars a break it was time for the Young Stars game in which Nik was participating for the second year in a row. As always the Young Stars game was high scoring and the East won it 12-11. The final Eastern goal was scored by Nik to complete his hat-trick, he had a goal in each period.

Following the Young Stars Game was the hardest shot in which no Penguins participated. On the jumbo-tron they showed Zedeno Chara's one-hundred mile an hour plus shot from 2009. Miriya sat on the bench watching the festivities and soon she found herself joined by a Versus reporter. Those who were watching on TV heard, "Hello I'm Bill Patrick and welcome back to Hockey Central. The Pittsburgh Penguins who have had what many would call an amazing season are well represented at this year's All-Star Game. Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Kris Letang will compete for the Eastern Conference tomorrow, Nik Vandershmut participated in the Young Stars Game earlier tonight for the second year in a row, and lastly Penguins' head coach Miriya Staal is the East's assistant coach; Versus James Waters is standing by with Miriya, James."

"As Bill said the Penguins are well represented in Boston this weekend. Now Miriya, what were your thoughts when you were asked to be the Eastern All-Stars assistant coach?"

"At first I was shocked but really excited. Of course my team was a big part in all of this, if they weren't playing as well as they have been there's no way that I would have been chosen for this position."

"Staalsy you've gotta watch me!" Savvy said from the ice.

"Alright Staalsy, one more question," James said. "There are so many great players here this weekend, what's it like coaching a bunch of guys you're normally playing against?"

"I haven't really done much coaching and tomorrow I'm going to leave most of it up to Mike. But as you said there's a ton of great players, a lot of them who are friends of mine , so it's a lot of fun to get to see them. Normally they're on the other side of the score sheet so it's fun to be on the same side."

"Thanks Staalsy, back to the action on the ice."

Miriya looked back to the ice where the break-away competition was bout to start. Creativity was the most important thing when it came to break-aways and the puck didn't have to go in the net. Each player had one minute to go on as many break-aways as possible. Jordan and Marc were competing and both did well. The fans decided the winner, for the first time it wasn't Ovechkin but Savard. "Good job Savvy," Miriya said patting his shoulder as he skated past the bench.

The last event of the night was a shoot-out in which every player participated. It lasted quite a while as some beautiful goals were scored, as well as some fantastic saves which sent the skater to the showers. It ended when Pat Kane blasted a shot top-shelf, stick side, sending all of the players to the locker room and the fans home.

Upon arriving back at the hotel Miriya changed Scott into his pajamas and put him to bed. She was in the bathroom brushing her teeth when she felt a pair of arms wrap around her and she leaned back against his tall frame. "Big, bad All-Star coach," he placed a kiss on the top of her head. "You ready for tomorrow?"

"Mhm, are you?" She asked after spitting the toothpaste into the sink.

"Yes. You know what I love about playing in the All-Star game?" Miriya looked up at him. "It's not stressful like every other game. We go out there and play well for the fans but it's a chance to relax and not worry about standings."

She turned with a smile and kissed his lips. "We'll I'm glad you're enjoying being an All-Star, you've always been mine." Jordan smiled at this and soon his lips were back on hers and he pushed her against the wall. "Who's room is next to ours?" Miriya asked pulling away from the heated kiss.

"It think it might be your best friend Savvy," he said while pulling her shirt up. Miriya smiled removing his shirt as well and reconnected their lips.


The next morning Miriya walked out of her room with Scott and Jordan as Marc was coming out of his.

"You have a good night?" Marc asked with a smile.

"Yes, sorry about that."

"It's cool, it actually wasn't that bad. Besides, how else are you gonna get another little Staal? Scott's such a cutie."

"Thanks Savvy, you going to breakfast?"

The four of them went down stairs where there was breakfast for all of the All-Stars. After breakfast there was a morning skate where the teams got to actually be a team. The East was looking good with the Penguins centering the top three lines and overall everyone was playing as a team. the West was also looking good, but the East knew that they could take them.

Following the morning skate fans were waiting outside for autographs and once they were satisfied the players went back to the hotel to get something to eat and take a short pre-game nap. Arriving back at the arena the East pulled their red jerseys on and anxiously awaited the announcement of both teams. The starters for both teams stood in their respective runways while the rest of the team stood on the ice. The coaches stood on the benches awaiting the opening face-off. Miriya stood on the East's bench along with head coach Mike Babcock. He had been fired from the Wings in 2011 and had been coaching the Rangers following that.The Rangers had been having a good season but the only reason Mike was chosen over Miriya was because he had more experience, and Miriya was okay with that.

After the National Anthem came the opening face-off which lead to an Eastern Conference goal; Sidney Crosby from Zach Parise and Eric Staal. the game was exciting and just like all All-Star games it was high scoring. It was tied at ten until the clock displayed thirteen point two seconds. Jordan scored the winner with an assist from Eric Staal and Marc Savard, a line of all centers. The Eastern Conference bench and their fans rose to their feet as they won yet another All-Star Game.

Following the game the players finished getting things signed by the rest of their team and while walking out signed for fans who were waiting. Arriving back at the hotel Miriya put Scott to bed and packed most of her stuff since the Penguins would be leaving the next day after breakfast.
Monday morning Miriya and Jordan with Haley, Pat, Eric and Savvy. "I'm gonna miss you guys, it's been great to hang out with you. Pat and Haley, again congrats on the baby. Eric, oh my brother-in-law, I love you. Savvy, I miss hanging out with you, but you're coming to Pittsburgh in a couple weeks and we'll have to hang out, okay?"

"Yep, we should skate together."

"Sounds good to me, good-bye guys. I'd love to stay but we've got a plane to catch." She stood from the table and hugged everyone from both teams before leaving. All of those in the Penguins' organization went to the airport to fly back to Pittsburgh to continue to dominate the National Hockey League.


"Morning baby," Jordan said Tuesday morning.

"Good morning my love, you ready to hit the ice?"

"Yep, I'll try not to beat Parent up tonight."

Miriya laughed, "Sounds good to me. Are you and Nik meeting me at the arena?"

"Yep, I'll see you there. I love you coach Staal." Miriya smiled, Jordan kissed her lips and she left for the arena.

Morning skate had ended and everyone was just about ready to leave but were killing time and just sitting around the locker room. "First game back from the All-Star break, we've all gotten some rest but let's not let that affect our game, okay?" She looked around the room and saw a delivery man walking in. "Can I help you?

"Yes coach Staal I'm hoping that you can," a sly smile came to his face and he pulled a gun from his pocket. "Staal, Malkin, Crosby, Eaton, Orpik, Letang, Laraque, and Malone out, everyone else sit down and shut up!"

Saturday, June 12, 2010

It's been a while...

Hey everyone,
I know that it's been a while, but it's really stressful around here as those of you who know me in the real world see in texts and on facebook. Before I even think about updating this story though I need an opinion... I have come to start to lose interest in this one, it's not as well written as I thought it was when I was writing it, and it seems like I have a lot of useless chapters in it. So what I want to know is there anyone who still reads and likes this story? Your comments would be greatly appreciated! GO PENS and HAWKS! ♥


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Chapter Seventy-three

"The next morning after breakfast Miriya's cell phone rang. "Hello?" She asked without looking at the caller id.
"Hey, it's Haley."
"Hey," she said excitedly. "How are you and Pat?"
"Great, actually that's why I'm calling," She got more excited with every word. "Pat and I are going to have a baby."
"Oh my god that's great! When did you find out? Does Pat know?"
"I found out this morning and haven't told Pat yet, do you think he'll be excited?"
"Haley Ann Kane, trust me, Pat will be happier than when he gets a hat-trick."
"I'm glad, well I've gotta figure out how I'm going to tell him, but I just wanted to let you know."
"Thanks, and congratulations! When the baby's born you have to come to Pittsburgh so I can show it the best hockey team in the world."

Pat came home from practice later that day to find the house empty and a note on the refrigerator. 'Hey baby, I knew this was the first place that you would go when you got home. You're so predictable, but I love you. =] I'm at the store picking up some stuff for dinner, so don't eat too much junk. I have something important to tell you tonight. Love, Haley.' 'Oh boy, what could she want to tell me?' He thought taking his hand off of the door. He took out his cell phone and made his way to the living room.
After a few rings a familiar voice answered, "Hey Pat, what's up?"
"Hey Johnny, I got home and found a note on the fridge from Haley, she has something important to tell me tonight. Should I freak out, because I kind of am."
"I don't know man, it could be something big, like maybe she got a job somewhere else."
"That would kill me Johnny, she's my everything, I love her more than the Hawks!"
"I know dude, it's probably not that anyway. I mean this is her dream job, right?"
"Sort of. She really wanted this job but in Pittsburgh. She told me that when she was younger she told Dan Potash that she was going to take his job."
"Nice," Johnny said with a laugh. "Well she does have the same job as him just in a different city. And she gets to interview us instead of Sid and Jordan."
"If it's not something about her job what could it be?"
"I don't know man," He paused. "Wait, maybe she's pregnant."
"You think?" He asked excitedly.
"I said maybe."
"You're right, I shouldn't get too excited. But could you imagine what our child would look like?" He said this more to himself than to his best friend. "Her eyes and my hair, damn that's one good looking kid."
Johnny couldn't help but laugh. "You'll have to let me know, okay?"
"Will do, talk to you later." Just as Pat closed his phone the front door opened an in walked Haley. "Any more bags in the car?"
"Yeah, would you mind grabbing them for me?"
"Not at all," he kissed her cheek as she set two bags down in the kitchen. With his hands full of groceries he kicked the front door closed and walked to the kitchen. "So this important thing, can you tell me now?"
"Nope," she said with a smile. She saw that he was disappointed, "Don't worry, I'll tell you at dinner." She pressed her lips to his and pushed him against the wall. "I should start dinner," she said pulling away.

The table was set, candles were lit, and Haley was nervous. "Can you tell me now?"
"Not yet, I'll tell you when you're done eating. I want this food to be eaten, I didn't make it so that it would be wasted," she said with a smile.
"Okay," Pat said putting a spoonful of mashed potatoes on his plate. When his and Haley's plates were empty he spoke up again. "Okay, we're both done eating, can you tell me now?"
"Pat, this is something really big, okay? Life changing."
"Should I help you pack your bags, what city wants you?"
"Huh?" She was quite confused.
"You got a job with some other team, so I'll only get to see you a couple times during the season. What city wants you?"
"I'm staying here Pat," she said with a laugh. "I love Chicago, as much as I want to work for FSN Pittsburgh."
"Okay good," he said with a sigh. "What's the big news then?"
"Do you think Chicago is big enough for another Kane?"
"You mean?" He face lit up.
"Yes Pat, we're going to have a baby."
"How? When?" He asked excitedly.
"I'm due in mid October, and as far as how; I'm pretty sure that you can figure that out."
"Oh my god," he said, standing and kissing her cheek. "I've gotta tell Johnny he was right."
Haley stayed at the table with a smile as Pat went to the kitchen, practically jumping up and down. She took out her cell phone to call Miriya to let her know and Pat was in the other room waiting for Johnny to answer. "Hello?"
"Pat! How'd it go?"
"You were right, she's gonna have a baby!"
"Congrats man, give Hails a hug for me."
"Will do, I'll see ya at the arena tomorrow."

Miriya's cell phone rang as the team walked down the runway for the first intermission. "Coach Staal."
"Oh sorry, Miriya, I forgot you had a game tonight, do you want me to call you back later?"
"No it's cool, it's intermission. How'd it go?"
"You were right, he was super excited. I think he was jumping up and down when he was talking to Johnny."
"I'm glad, hey Pat's going to the All-Star game, right?"
"Yeah, oh I heard you're the East's assistant coach, congrats!"
"Thanks, I'll see ya in two weeks."
"Yep, good luck tonight."
The boys took the ice and won the game. Nik scored a beautiful goal, stick side, top shelf, with two minutes left in the third period to break the zero, zero tie. The game had been hard fought by both the Pens and Stars, Marc stood strong in net and ended up with a shut-out. When Nik's slap shot hit the twine the crowd jumped to their feet and after the replay of the goal Nik's family was shown on the jumbotron.

After the game Miriya pulled James aside, "Jamsey."
"Yeah coach, what's up?"
"I haven't talked to you in a while, which is good because you're doing your job out there. But on a personal note, how's Brooke?"
"Good, she's here tonight actually."
"Tell her I say hi, go get showered."
"Kay, bye Staalsy."

The next day there was no practice but Miriya was at the arena, lacing up her skates. Grabbing a stick and a bag of pucks she went up the runway to the ice. Stretching her arms she made her way around the ice, she stopped at the bench and finished stretching. She dropped a puck at center ice and launched a slapper top shelf. After a few shots and working on her 'back-checking' she went to the bench to take her hoodie off. There was a whistle and the sound of skates, Miriya turned to see Mark skating towards her. "Looking good."
"Thanks Mark, you're looking good too." He wore a plain black t-shirt and black shorts. "So are the other guys here?"
"Nope, I figure I would come skate with my best friend."
"Aw, I love you Eats," she gave him a hug.
"I love you too Staalsy." The two of them skated for a while before Scuds, Conks, Georges, Ryan, and Brooks came out from the runway. All of them skated for a while before going to the locker room where they shed their skates, changed back into jeans and hoodies, and went to Miriya's office.
"So I know it would be easier if we did this in the lounge or locker room, but it's official here." She paused. "Okay, you know what, who cares about official. Meet me in the lounge in five minutes." She said as she saw the boys standing awkwardly. The guys made their way to the lounge where they sat on the couches with cans of pop in their hand. "Oh I feel loved, way to get me a drink."
"You are loved Staalsy," Mark said handing her his can of Pepsi.
"Thanks Eats. Okay guys, I know we're more than half way through the season and I wanted to do this earlier in the year but we're always so busy. The reason you guys are the ones here is because you're the oldest guys on the team; the leaders, and I want to get your perspective on things."
"Don't take this the wrong way Staalsy, but even we didn't believe that this season would go this well," Georges said.
"We knew you'd be a good coach, but we didn't think you'd be this good," Scudsy before taking a sip of his pop.
"Never doubted you though," Brooks added with a smile.
"It's just not very often is a coach able to get a team to have this much chemistry, have them playing this well and consistently for over forty games in their first year."
"Thanks guys, I see your point Ty. So the fact that I'm at least ten years younger than all of you doesn't bother you?"
"Age doesn't matter as long as you have the skills," Ryan said.
"And believe me, you have the skills," Big Georges said with a smile.
"Seriously Eastern Conference All-Star coach and you have doubts?" Brooks questioned.
"I knew said I had doubts, I just wanted input."
"Well you're great, we love you and respect you as a coach and friend." She smiled as Rob said this.
"STAALSY!" Someone yelled from the locker room.
"Oh great, it's Max," she said causing the guys to laugh. "I'll see you tomorrow at morning skate."

Monday, February 8, 2010

Staal [A Jordan Staal Story] Seventy-Two

Hey guys,
Two of my notebooks came in the mail today which means.... UPDATES!!!! I hope that you all enjoy this chapter, I wrote it quite a while ago now and think that it's kind of weak. Comments, as always, are greatly appreciated. =]


“Miriya,” Jordan said in a sing-song voice.

“Jordan, what’s up baby?”

“Did you know that tomorrow’s going to be our ninth New Year’s together?”

“Really? Well we should make it special. You know we have a game the next night though so we can’t be up too late.”

“Fine, ruin the fun. Just kidding coach.”


The next day Miriya woke up and made sure that the house was ready, though it wasn’t hard to keep clean considering that it was vacant most of the time. The team along with Deb, Ryan, Sam, Amanda and Shelby were all at the Staal house for the annual New Year’s Eve party.

“Damn Miriya, this place is huge,” Shelby said after a tour.

“It pays to be married to a professional hockey player.”

“Seriously,” she said with a smile.

“Help yourself to whatever you want in the kitchen and dining room, and don’t mind the guys, you know how they are.”


“COLBY!” she said excitedly as Colby literally threw his arms around her.

“I’ll let you guys catch up, I’ll talk to you later.” Shelby and Colby caught up and Miriya found Ryan and Deb in the kitchen. “You would be hanging out by the food.”

“You know it,” he said with a laugh. “Thanks for inviting us Mir.”

“You know I love ya kid. You guys feel like part of the team yet?”

“Yeah,” Deb said. “All of the guys are really nice, and entertaining, especially Colby.”

The night went on and everyone seemed to be having fun. Soon it got closer to midnight and everyone got noise makers and glasses of champagne ready. The TV was turned on so that they could watch the ball drop in Times Square and when the countdown reached ten everyone joined in. “Three, two, one… HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

All of the little kids who were still awake ran outside to scream, pop poppers and play with silly string. All of the couples kissed and for once Jordan and Miriya’s New Year’s kiss only lasted a few seconds as they looked on to see the new couple. Ben and Bella were in the kitchen, lips still locked.

Max being who he was whistled when he saw this causing the two to separate. “Max, leave them alone, they’re young and innocent.”

“Yes coach.”


As it got later the party guests started to take their leave. “Bye Miriya, thanks for inviting me.”

“Bye Shelby, I’m glad you could make it. I’ll see you tomorrow at the game, right?”

“Of course, would I miss an opportunity to hang out in the locker room?”

“True, see ya.”

All of the guests left with the exception of Nik and Erin who said goodnight and went to Nik’s room and quickly fell asleep. Miriya left the cleaning for the morning since there was no morning skate. “Happy New Year baby,” Jordan said as he got into bed next to Miriya.

“Same to you, I love you.”

“I love you too.” They shared a brief kiss before falling asleep.

When the house had been cleaned lunch was made and it was soon time for pre-game naps. When Miriya woke up she showered and changed into her suit, just like every game day. Today she wore black pants with a silver blouse.

“Looking good,” Shelby said when she entered the locker room that night.

“Why thank you. So I can’t remember where I got you a ticket for.”

“Right behind the bench, it’s gonna be fun.” Shelby went to her seat when it was time for the pre-game skate and enjoyed being so close to the ice. In the first period the officials made a bad call, Bugsy for hooking. As Ryan skated to the box there was a loud banging on the glass right behind the bench. Miriya turned around to see a smile on Shelby’s face and she tried to keep her composure while on the bench.

The boys ended up winning the game and Shelby definitely enjoyed sitting behind the bench, especially because the coach was one of her best friends. She came to the locker room after the final buzzer and found Miriya. “You had fun, didn’t you?”

“You could tell?”

“Lil bit. Colby, stop we have a guest.” Shelby laughed at this. “Well I’ve gotta go talk to the press but it was good seeing you.”

“You too,” Shelby continued to talk to the boys while Miriya started out of the room.

“Boys, airport, tomorrow at two, see you then.”

The next afternoon everyone was at the airport and soon were on their way to Los Angeles. After her meeting with the coaching staff Miriya returned to her seat where she found Kris and Nik playing cards while Jordan held Scott. Miriya sat down next to Jordan and took Scott from his arms. “Hey sweet heart, you’re getting so big. Nik you ready for after the road trip?”

“Yeah, it should be fun for my family to be here.”

The road trip was only two games, both were in California, one in LA and the other in Anaheim. Both games were won and when the team returned to Pittsburgh they had two days off.

One the morning of January the ninth the Staals sat down to breakfast. “Jay can I borrow the Escalade?”

“Yeah sure, you’re going to pick your family up, right?”

“Yep, I’m gonna take them to their hotel so they can check in and drop their stuff off. I’ll bring them back here so you can meet them. Oh and Erin should be here soon.”

“Okay, see ya.” Jordan said.

Nik left for the airport and waited at baggage claim. “Dominik!”

“Mom,” he said excitedly.

“”Nik, Nik,” his little sister said tugging on his arm.

“Hey Lor, dad, Luc.” Nik helped his family carry their bags to the car and loaded them in the back. The Vandershmuts got the Marriott and check in before going to their rooms on the fifth floor. Nikki’s parents and sister shared a room while his brother had his own. After putting their things down and getting cleaned up the Vandershmuts made their way to the Staals. “Miriya, I’m home.”

Miriya came from the kitchen with Scott in her hand. “Erin, Jordan!” She yelled down the steps. “Sorry they were down stairs attempting to get better at pool so we won’t beat them.”

Nik laughed and when Erin came upstairs he pulled her into a hug. “Erin it’s so good to see you my dear,” Nik’s mom said pulling her into a hug.

“Good to see you too, I missed you.”

“Miriya, Jordan this is my mom Sofie, my dad Niklas, my older brother Luca, and younger sister Lorelei.” Sofie, Niklas and Luca all shook hands with Miriya and Jordan, Lorelei on the other hand hugged them both.

“Hi!” She said excitedly.

“Hi, how are you?”

“Good, Nik I’m hungry.”

“Okay let’s get you something to eat, Luc you hungry?”

Nik, Luca, and Lorelei went to the kitchen and Miriya and Jordan stayed in the living room to talk to Nik’s parents. “Please sit down.” Everyone said down. “It’s so nice to meet you, it’s great having your son stay with us.”

“It’s great to finally meet you too, Nik talked about you two all summer when he was home,” Mrs. Vandershmut said.

“He’s so polite and is so good with our son Scotty.” At this Nik’s mom smiled. “I have to say that you did a great job with him, I only hope that I can do half as well with my son.”

Miriya and Jordan spent the day with Nik, Erin, and the rest of the Vandershmuts getting to know them. They all shared funny stories about when Nik was little. They learned that Lorelei is eleven years younger than Nik, making her eight. Luca was two years older than Nik, making him twenty-one, he looked a lot like Nik, and was a professional soccer player.