Monday, August 26, 2013
Joe Thornton misses Olympic camp
By Pierre LeBrun
Updated at 4:28 p.m. ET
CALGARY, Alberta -- Joe Thornton had to cancel his trip to the Canadian Olympic camp because of a family illness.
Thornton’s two-month-old son, River, was in the hospital, and Hockey Canada is obviously fully understanding of the veteran center’s situation.
Two of Thornton's teammates in San Jose expressed their support for Thornton on Tuesday.
"Our wives are best friends. He made the right decision, you got to stay home. Family is the most important thing," Dan Boyle said.
"Obviously, we’re all hoping that his son is OK and it sounds like he’s getting better which is good," Logan Couture said. "We miss not having Joe here. I’ll be headed to San Jose once this camp ends and we’ll get to catch up with him."
The total number of players at camp is down to 45 after Claude Giroux also cancelled his trip to focus on his rehab from surgery on his finger.