Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta has rejoined his Canadiens family yesterday in Winnipeg for their game tonight. Gionta had taken a leave of absence to return back to his family last week in Montreal where his son was feeling ill. Gionta flew to Calgary on his own and played in both the back-to-back games against Calgary and Edmonton, after the Edmonton game he flew back home to comfort and support his son who was still not 100% healthy. The Canadiens next game was in Vancouver while the captain was still back home tending to his family and made the decision with coach Michel Therrien and GM Marc Bergevin that it would be best to stay home for the weekend.
“We gave him the option to stay home given the circumstances, but he wanted to come be here with his teammates,”
Gionta explained to the canadiens.com that his son is feeling a little better now and is progressing well.
“It’s family first and it’s been a week now but the last couple of days have been good. He’s doing a little better,”
Brian Gionta will be playing in his 700th career NHL game tonight in Winnipeg, Gionta says he is looking forward to tonight’s action. Below is Gionta’s career statistics.