The New York Rangers are attending the Sunday funeral in Montreal for the mother of forward Martin St. Louis who lost his mom France St. Louis last Thursday to a fatal heart attack, coach Alain Vigneault said Thursday afternoon.
The funeral was set for Saturday but with the Rangers advancing past the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference Semifinals earlier this week had to push it back a day to accommodate the Rangers game on Saturday afternoon vs. the Montreal Canadiens.
“We were able to, yesterday, work with the NHL for schedule. Marty’s [mother's] funeral was supposed to be Saturday. [They] couldn’t move the time of the game, so Marty being the way he is, was able to move the funeral to Sunday,” Vigneualt said. “So Sunday, as a team we’l be able to attend his mother’s funeral.”
St. Louis rejoined his teammates one day after the passing of his mother and perhaps inspired by his return overcame a three-games-to-one deficit to knock off Sidney Crosby and the Penguins to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals where they are four wins away from advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.
This is an incredibly touching move by the Rangers to be with their teammate during this incredibly tough time. There is no denying the bonds that are forged in the locker room, even in a short amount of time since St. Louis was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade deadline move.