Bruins forward Simon Gagne left the team after its Western Conference road trip ended over the weekend. Gagne didn’t practice with the team Tuesday and coach Claude Julien termed Gagne as on a “personal leave of absence.”

On Wednesday, Julien explained that Gagne’s absence is indefinite and the team doesn’t know when the forward will return. Wednesday afternoon Renaud Lavoie of TVA tweeted out Gagne’s explanation for leaving the team.


Gagne followed up those tweets with a statement issued through the Bruins

I have taken a personal leave of absence from the Boston Bruins in order to return home to Quebec to be with my father, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer. The doctors – who have been great throughout this whole process – unfortunately informed us that his cancer is not curable. I greatly appreciate the support and understanding that the Bruins organization and my teammates have given to me and my family since I let them know the news and I look forward to rejoining them when the time is appropriate. Until then, I would kindly ask everyone to respect my family and I’s privacy during this difficult time.

Gagne sat out all of last season before returning to action with the Bruins this season. He made the team out of training camp as a tryout. In 23 games he has three goals and one assist.

The Bruins recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Providence of the American Hockey League to help make up for Gagne’s absence.