Martin St. Louis rejoins the Canadiens in Colorado

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Martin St. Louis will be back behind the Canadiens’ bench when they play the Avalanche Tuesday in Colorado (9 p.m., TSN2, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

St. Louis left the Canadiens on March 15 in Calgary, the night before they started a five-game road trip against the Flames, to deal with what the team said at the time was a family issue.

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The Canadiens announced Monday evening that St. Louis’s youngest son, 16-year-old Mason, had suffered an injury while playing in a hockey game for the U-15 Mid-Fairfield Rangers in Connecticut. A week later, Mason suffered complications from the injury and was hospitalized. The Canadiens announced that Mason’s condition has since stabilized and he is now recovering at the family home in Connecticut.

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St. Louis and his wife, Heather Caragol, have three sons: Ryan, 20, plays hockey at Brown University and 18-year-old Lucas plays for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints. Before being hired as head coach of the Canadiens, St. Louis coached his three boys in the Mid-Fairfield Youth Hockey Association in Connecticut.

“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,” St. Louis said upon his return to the Canadiens, according to a statement from the team. “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.”

St. Louis and his wife met while they were both attending the University of Vermont.

“We appreciate the Canadiens organization, our fans, and the hockey community for understanding and supporting us through Mason’s injury and recovery,” St. Louis said. “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.”

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