Sharks center Joe Thornton canceled his trip to the Canadian Olympic men's hockey team's orientation camp in Calgary, Alberta because of an illness to his two-month-old son River, who was in the hospital.

According to ESPN, River Thornton had been in the hospital but was released.

The two other Sharks' players at the camp, defenseman Dan Boyle and center Logan Couture, expressed support for their teammate.

"Our wives are best friends. He made the right decision, you got to stay home. Family is the most important thing," Boyle told ESPN.

"Obviously, we're all hoping that his son is OK and it sounds like he's getting better which is good," Couture said. "We miss not having Joe here. I'll be headed to San Jose once this camp ends and we'll get to catch up with him."

Boyle, Thornton and Patrick Marleau won gold for Canada in 2010 in Vancouver, beating Joe Pavelski and Team USA in the championship game. Marleau was not invited to this year's camp, which continues through Thursday.



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