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by George Malik on 07/27/12 at 01:20 PM ET
The fact that new Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill didn’t attend the Red Wings’ summer development camp raised some eyebrows among Wings fans, but I tried to tread very gently in that area because I knew what was happening: Blashill’s 2-year-old son, Owen, was slated to have surgery to repair a hole in his heart at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and it was one of those rare situations where the best thing you can do to respect someone’s family is to respect their privacy. According to the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner, all went well:
“There was some stress, some unknown that goes along with it,” he said. “But when you go through something like this, you’re very thankful to be part of an organization that has the perspective that family comes first.”
Blashill, during his June 28 introduction, spoke of the family-orientated atmosphere of the Detroit organization, and thanked his family – wife Erica, Owen and other children Teddy, who’s 6 and Josie, who’s 4 – for their understanding.
“Without their total commitment to hockey and to this lifestyle, I certainly wouldn’t be standing here today,” he said.
A week later, on July, 5, Owen was operated on at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, He returned five days later for additional surgery following complications, Blashill said. The coach missed the Griffins development camp with the Red Wings in Traverse City. Now, the healing has begun.
“We’ve very, very thankful that the doctors did a great job,” Blashill said. “Really, Owen’s doing great in his recovery right now.
Wallner adds a bit of inside hockey knowledge to his article as well:
The Griffins open their prospects camp Sept. 17 in Traverse City, ahead of the start of the season in early October. Twenty-nine players with Griffins playing experience will be among the 66 Detroit Red Wings stars, prospects and invitees at the camp.
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