Markstrom granted leave from Canucks to attend father’s memorial service in Sweden

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  • Jacob Markstrom has been granted a leave of absence to attend his father’s memorial service in Sweden, the Vancouver Canucks announced this morning.
  • Michael DiPietro has been recalled from the Utica Comets to fill in for the Canucks’ No. 1 goaltender.
  • Thatcher Demko will likely get the start on Tuesday against the Ottawa Senators, after which the Canucks don’t play again until Saturday.
  • Markstrom was also granted a leave of absence in October.
  • He later revealed in an Instagram post that his dad passed away from cancer.

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“Dad you have taught me everything I know, I couldn’t ask for a better dad, friend and role model! I know you will always look down on us,” Markstrom wrote. “The strength you have shown the last six months is unbelievable! I love you and rest in peace.”

  • Markstrom has managed to keep his focus during this difficult time, posting a .913 save percentage in 18 starts this season.
  • DiPietro, meanwhile, is being rewarded for a strong start to his pro career.
  • The 20-year-old has a .913 save percentage in 13 AHL games with the Comets so far this season.
Sources & Credits: Rob Williams, Daily Hive
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