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Thornton misses Olympic camp due to family illness

Aug 26, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thortnon was forced to cancel his trip to Calgary for Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp due to his two-month-old son’s illness, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Thornton’s son, River, was hospitalized over the weekend and has since been discharged.

“Obviously, we’re all hoping that his son is OK and it sounds like he’s getting better which is good,” Sharks teammate and fellow camp invitee Logan Couture told ESPN. “We miss not having Joe here.

“I’ll be headed to San Jose once this camp ends and we’ll get to catch up with him.”

Thornton, 34, has represented Canada at each of the last two Olympics and was part of the gold medal-winning side at the 2010 Games in Vancouver.

He, along with Roberto Luongo and Rick Nash, were the only three players invited to this year’s camp that had played for Team Canada in 2006 and ’10.

The only other camp invitee that didn’t appear was Philly’s Claude Giroux, who opted to skip the event in order to rehab his injured hand.

  1. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    A much BETTER/IMPORTANT reason to miss camp unlike Giroux with his injury from finger banging Hartnell

  2. ethanmacleod1685 - Aug 26, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Good luck to the thorntons

  3. wingslax35 - Aug 27, 2013 at 5:50 AM

    That pitpenguins guy sure is a funny fellow. Especially when the leader of his team is the ultimate Queen.

  4. sjsharks66 - Aug 27, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    That’s scary, hopefully everything is getting better.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Aug 27, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    @wingslax38 ill take that as a compliment any day of the week…just remember I got 27 like on my comment

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