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Bruins Gagne Taking ‘Indefinite Leave’ To Deal With Ailing Father
December 10, 2014 2:17 PM

Simon Gagne #12 of the Boston Bruins forechecks against the Anaheim Ducks on December 1, 2014. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

BOSTON (CBS) – The hometown hockey team will be without winger Simon Gagne indefinitely.

Gagne, 34, missed Bruins practice on Tuesday, and head coach Claude Julien revealed Wednesday morning to the assembled media that the veteran forward is taking an “indefinite leave.”

TVA reporter Renaud Lavoi tweeted out the news that Gagne’s father is suffering from an incurable form of cancer.

In hopes of adding a little scoring punch to their lineup, the Bruins signed Gagne in mid-October to a one-year deal. Gagne has seen a lot of time on the team’s fourth line, and has tallied three goals and one assist so far in the 2014-15 season.

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Wish him the best at this difficult time. He's lucky to be able to do so....they did not have compassionate care benefits when my Mom and Dad were both sick. It puts a great strain on families when they have the distraction of money/work commitments and can't just focus solely on their loved one.

Hope his Father finds some comfort.

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