Originally written July 27, 2012 on Kukla's Korner:
The fact that new Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill didn’t attend the Red Wings’ summer development camp raised some eyebrows among Wings fans, but I tried to tread very gently in that area because I knew what was happening: Blashill’s 2-year-old son, Owen, was slated to have surgery to repair a hole in his heart at the University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, and it was one of those rare situations where the best thing you can do to respect someone’s family is to respect their privacy. According to the Grand Rapids Press’s Peter J. Wallner, all went well: “There was some stress, some unknown that goes along with it,” he said. “But when you go through something like this, you’re very thankful to be part of an organization that has the perspective that family comes first.” Blashill, during his June 28 introduction, spoke of the family-orientated atmosphere of the Detroit organization, and thanked his family – wife Erica, Owen and other children Teddy, who’s
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