Martin St. Louis breaks silence after leave of absence

The Habs head coach has been dealing with a personal matter.



Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis has been away from the team since March 17 to tend to a personal matter, which was soon revealed to be tending to his son Mason, who suffered complications from an injury while playing for U15 Mid-Fairfield; his condition has improved and is now recovering.

“St-Louis’s sixteen year old son, Mason, suffered an injury while playing in a hockey game and suffered complications from the injury. His condition has since stabilized, and he is now recovering at the family home in Connecticut.”

And the elder St. Louis is set to return to the bench in time for Montreal's game tomorrow against the Colorado Avalanche, and he's released the following statement: 

“I’d like to thank Geoff Molson, Jeff Gorton, Kent Hughes, along with Trevor Letowski, our players, coaches, and hockey operations staff for fully understanding and facilitating my need to be with my family for the past several days,” St. Louis said.

“Everyone within the Canadiens organization has been very supportive of my wife Heather and me as we fully focused on our son Mason and his recovery from a hockey injury. As parents, nothing is more important to us than our three sons, Ryan, Lucas, and Mason.”

“We appreciate the Canadiens organization, our fans, and the hockey community for understanding and supporting us through Mason’s injury and recovery. I would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses that cared for him during this time. I’d also like to thank everyone for respecting my family and our privacy, and I ask to please maintain a focus on the Canadiens team and the remainder of the 2023-24 season.”

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