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Simon Gagne takes personal leave from Bruins to be with ailing father

Rick Osentoski / USA TODAY Sports

Simon Gagne missed practice for the second day in a row due to personal reasons and may be out of the Boston Bruins lineup for quite some time.

Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports later offered the following statement from Gagne on his Twitter account:

We learned some bad news in the last days. My father met with specialists in Boston and he has incurable cancer. Right now there are more important things than hockey and I want to be with my family in Quebec City.

The 34-year-old joined the team after a pro tryout contract in training camp, signing a one-year deal for the balance of the season. 

He recorded three goals and one assist in 23 games for the black and gold.

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