Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Family Comes First

Canucks fans need not worry when Roberto Luongo returns to Florida to be with his pregnant wife. After all, this sort of thing happens, and if you ask JS Giguere of the Anaheim Ducks, it just serves to show what is important in life. Besides, the story may even have a fairy tale ending.

If you remember last year, Giguere had to leave the team in the last week of the regular season for the birth of his son (Marcia C. Smith, OC Register).

On April 3, Giguere was enjoying a rare day off from hockey in his Newport Beach home when, about noon, his pregnant wife felt her water break.

Their son was arriving three weeks early. Known for his quick reaction time on the ice, Giguere called their doctor, packed some bags and drove to Saddleback Memorial Medical Center in Laguna Hills.

"I had always planned on being home for the birth," said Giguere, who married Kristen in the summer of 2003 after the Ducks' last trip to the Stanley Cup Finals. "It's too important not to be there."

He called Kristen's parents, who rushed to the delivery room, video cameras in hand. He tied on a paper gown and stood beside his wife, holding her leg as she labored.

Then, at 12:20 a.m. April 4, he watched Maxime Olivier Giguere — all 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 21 1/2 inches of him — wiggle into life.

Later that morning Giguere text-messaged his teammates, who had joked all season about Giguere's fatherhood arriving during the playoffs.
But that wasn't all. Little Maxime had a rare eye condition and JS had to stay behind for the Ducks' last road trip of the year and the start of the playoffs. After numerous tests and scans, doctors finally diagnosed the condition, and as we all know now, performed successful surgery. JS also returned to the Ducks and eventually won the Stanley Cup.

With all the talk in the last couple of days about what the Canucks would do when Gina's water finally breaks (Elliott Pap, Vancouver Sun; Marc Weber, Vancouver Province), well, it's simple really. Roberto will fly to Florida to be with Gina and Curtis Sanford will take the reins and Drew MacIntyre or Cory Schneider will back Sanford up. Family comes first and the rest will take care of itself.

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posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:25 AM


At March 25, 2008 5:23 PM, Anonymous GZ Expat said...

Louie will do what Louie needs to do. There is a hint that some people are freaking out that he will be missing the most important time of the year...but reports have suggested that his wife has gone through a hellish pregnancy.

Besides, he's got to be there to make 'the save' when that kid pops out of the channel. It'll be the greatest save of his career...

At March 25, 2008 7:01 PM, Blogger hoopsjunky said...

Totally agree, GZ.

I was listening to the TEAM this afternoon and Dave Pratt mentioned that his wife is actually in a wheelchair. It's been that bad of a pregnancy.

I can't even imagine how he can play on the opposite end of the continent knowing what's going on at home.

At March 27, 2008 9:01 PM, Anonymous Teddy said...

I've been trolling around, looking for trash comments about Luongo. Glad not to find any here.

I mean, sure inopportune timing and all, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Where's Teddy Now

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