Hudler absent from camp after flying home to be with ailing father
Flames veteran back in the Czech Republic and there is no timetable for his return
Jiri Hudler has flown back to the Czech Republic to be near his ailing father and there is no timetable for his return to the Flames. Said Calgary head coach Bob Hartley: “Hockey is really important in everybody’s life, but your family always comes No. 1.”
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Add Jiri Hudler to the growing list of Calgary Flames not on the ice these days.
With three players already sidelined — Jarome Iginla (groin), Roman Cervenka (blood clot), Anton Babchuk (shoulder) — Hudler departed Monday morning for the Czech Republic to be with his ailing father.
Bob Hartley’s blessing came without hesitation.
“Hockey is really important in everybody’s life, but your family always comes No. 1,” said the Flames’ new coach. “I told the players that we want to be a big family. If that’s the case, each individual in this organization has to take care of his own. Jiri’s on his way to Prague right now.”
Hartley was asked if there was a return date in mind.
“We don’t know,” he replied, “and this is not important right now. We told him to take care of his dad. He’ll be in touch with us. But we really don’t know.”
On a positive note, Iginla and Babchuk skated on their own before the team session. The plan is that they’ll do that again Tuesday.
“The news is very good,” Hartley said of Iginla. “We’re going to increase his workload. He was very close (Sunday), and he’s closer (Monday).”
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