Jacob Markstrom has been granted a leave of absence to attend his father’s memorial service in Sweden, the Vancouver Canucks announced this morning.
Michael DiPietro has been recalled from the Utica Comets to fill in for the Canucks’ No. 1 goaltender. Thatcher Demko will likely get the start on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators, after which the Canucks don’t play again until Saturday.
Markstrom was also granted a leave of absence in October. He later revealed in an Instagram post that his dad passed away from cancer.
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“Dad you have taught me everything I know, I couldn’t ask for a better dad, friend and role model! I know you will always look down on us,” Markstrom wrote. “The strength you have shown the last six months is unbelievable! I love you and rest in peace.”
Markstrom has managed to keep his focus during this difficult time, posting a .913 save percentage in 18 starts this season.
DiPietro, meanwhile, is being rewarded for a strong start to his pro career. The 20-year-old has a .913 save percentage in 13 AHL games with the Comets so far this season.
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