Martin St-Louis opens up after taking a leave of absence

Julien Trekker
March 26, 2024  (1:50 PM)

Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis in a team practice.
Photo credit: Graham Hughes/CP

The Montreal Canadiens' head coach and former NHLer Martin St-Louis opened up after he took a leave of absence for personal reasons.

St-Louis left the Canadiens ten days ago, but didn't reveal the reasons why at the time, which led to many rumours.
The coach confirmed what happened in a statement, as he returns to the team.

Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St-Louis confirms that he left the team to be with his son who got severely injured during a game.

It was revealed that Mason St-Louis, the coach's youngest son, got injured during a game, but complications forced him to be hospitalized and that he's currently recovering at home, with his family.
The Montreal Canadiens shared the following statement:
"Mason St-Louis, 16, is the youngest of Martin and Heather's three sons. He suffered an injury while playing in a game for U15 Mid-Fairfield (Connecticut). A week later, Mason suffered complications from the injury and was hospitalized. His condition has since stabilized, and he is now recovering at the family home in Connecticut."

Martin St-Louis to return behind the Montreal Canadiens' bench tonight against the Colorado Avalanche

The Canadiens are set to face the Colorado Avalanche tonight, and St-Louis will be behind the bench after leaving Trevor Letowski in charge for the past four games.
Find more details in St-Louis' official declaration here:
"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. 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."

More to come.
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