When Nick Foligno didn't travel with the Blue Jackets to Boston to start a 10-night, four-game road trip two Saturdays ago, the only comment from the team was a telling one from head coach John Tortorella.
"That family has gone through a lot," Tortorella said. "The hell with the game and all the stuff that goes on with that. That family has gone through a tremendous amount. We're just trying to support him the best way we can."
Tuesday, after he returned to practice ahead of tonight's game at Nationwide Arena vs. the New York Islanders, Foligno revealed just how much more his family has gone through over the past two weeks.
Foligno said his son Hudson, who will turn 2 years old in May, remains in the ICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital as he battles pneumonia so severe that his right lung collapsed at one point. The youngest of three Foligno children has been ill since March 11, when Foligno's wife Janelle took him to the hospital, and things turned serious a few days later as the Blue Jackets were facing Carolina on March 15 at home.
Video: Foligno comments on his recent absence from CBJ