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By Allan Muir
December 10, 2014

Boston Bruins forward Simon Gagne has left the team and returned home to tend to his sick father.

"I have taken a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins in order to return home to Quebec to be with my father, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer," Gagne said in a statement issued through the club. "The doctors - who have been great throughout this whole process - unfortunately informed us that his cancer is not curable. I greatly appreciate the support and understanding that the Bruins organization and my teammates have given to me and my family since I let them know the news and I look forward to rejoining them when the time is appropriate. Until then, I would kindly ask everyone to respect my family and I's privacy during this difficult time."

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You'd never wish this on anyone but it's especially tough to see Gagne, easily one of the classiest men in the league, having to deal with this personal tragedy.

The 34-year-old was enjoying a successful return to the game with the Bruins after sitting out all of last season recovering from post-concussion syndrome.  He had three goals and four points in 23 games and brought a valuable veteran presence to a room that was racked by injuries this year.

Our thoughts are with him and his family as he goes through this difficult time.

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