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Marian Hossa leaves Blackhawks' road trip for family reasons

By Chris Peters | Hockey Writer

Marian Hossa left Blackhawks' road trip for family reasons. (USATSI)
Marian Hossa left the Blackhawks' road trip for family reasons. (USATSI)

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Marian Hossa will miss the Chicago Blackhawks' game against the Vancouver Canucks Saturday night to attend to a family matter. It is unclear when the star forward will return to the team.

“I think it's OK, but I don't know yet," Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville told the media after the team's morning skate (via NHL.com).

Hossa flew back to Chicago amid a four-game road trip for the Blackhawks through Western Canada. Chicago will meet the Edmonton Oilers on Monday and the Calgary Flames on Wednesday to close out the road swing.

Hossa had missed three games with a lower-body injury before returning to the lineup Thursday. He had a goal and an assist in that contest against the Winnipeg Jets. The Blackhawks went 1-2-0 when Hossa missed that brief stretch.

Chicago is already without winger Bryan Bickell, who is expected to miss a few weeks with a leg injury. Michal Handzus also remains out, having missed the last 13 games with an upper-body injury.

Losing Hossa unexpectedly will be difficult for the Blackhawks especially in what is always an interesting matchup with rival Vancouver.

Hossa has 17 points in 20 games this season including 10 goals and has been a force at both ends of the ice.

Obviously the main concern is with Hossa's family at this point. Expect the Blackhawks organization to give him whatever time he needs to attend to the matter.

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