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Laine opens up about the passing of his father


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T. Tadi
December 13, 2021  (8:34 PM)
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6 weeks ago, Patrik Laine's father Harri passed away at the age of 54.

It was tough for the family, Patrik decided to take a leave and go back home to Finland to be beside his mother and sisters.
He got back with the team today and spoke about his father Harri. Here's what he had to say:
"He's been my No. 1 fan and supporter always," Laine said after skating in practice for the first time since he suffered an oblique injury Nov. 3 at Colorado. "Not that my mom and sister and everyone else hasn't been, but I think hockey was kind of our thing and our passion. I definitely wouldn't be here without him, and yeah, he always watched my games ever since I was a kid. He woke up at night to watch my (NHL) games (from Finland), so it's definitely tough. Losing my best friend, it's tough."
"It's been tough for all of us, and I can't really speak on behalf of anyone else than myself, but I know for a fact they've had a really tough couple of weeks like I have," Laine said of his family. "But you just have to find ways to deal with it and think of all the good stuff and the memories and stuff like that. I think everybody just misses him. That's mainly on everybody's mind."
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