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Foligno to miss New Year's Eve game

Blue Jackets' captain out indefinitely for daughter's surgery

by Jeffrey Svoboda @JacketsInsider /

The Blue Jackets will play New Year's Eve vs. Ottawa without captain Nick Foligno, who is out indefinitely to be in Boston where his 5-year-old daughter Milana is undergoing a scheduled heart surgery Monday. 

Milana was born with a rare congenital heart disease called mitral valve arcade and had to undergo a procedure on a heart valve just a few weeks into her young life in 2013. She has battled a virus this fall, and Foligno missed the Carolina game Nov. 17 as Milana was hospitalized. 

Tweet from @BlueJacketsPR: NEWS: #CBJ captain Nick Foligno will miss Monday���s game vs. Ottawa and be away from the team as his daughter, Milana, will undergo a scheduled surgery in Boston. He will return to the team as soon as possible.

Foligno will return to the team as soon as possible. He has 10 goals and 10 assists this season in 37 games. 

When asked if it would be weird to not have the captain around, defenseman Seth Jones had a quick answer.

"It is," Jones said. "He's our leader. He drives the bus for us emotionally and vocally, and we need more guys to step up in this room, myself included. Obviously it sucks not having him here, but we have to find a way to get points without him. … In this situation, we definitely want to make him proud."

"We love their family," Cam Atkinson added. "Obviously Nick is our captain, our leader. Milana is the strongest little girl I've ever met. She's an absolute warrior, and today is a pretty crazy day for them. We'll definitely play for them."

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