Daddy Dono splitting time

DAN TOTH -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 3:41 PM ET


 Shean Donovan, proud father, was performing a quick change in the Saddledome parking lot last Monday morning.

 "It was a long night," the Flames winger smiled, pulling on a fresh shirt just hours after spending the night at wife Teresa's side as she was giving birth to the couple's first child at a local hospital.

 Donovan then ducked into the 'Dome for a pre-practice meeting before dashing off once again to be with his growing family.

 Little Jorian Donovan hasn't seen much of his dad in the little boy's first week as a Calgary Flames fan, what with the team jetting off to Vancouver the following day for the opening two games of its playoff date with the Canucks.

 "It's been exciting at home with the new baby but because we were on the road for two games, I was gone for a few days. But it was exciting to get back home after Game 2 to see the baby," offered Donovan, 29, who helped the Flames gain a split at GM Place.

 "I hadn't seen too much of the baby."

 The road swing left Teresa to manage with their new son, although Shean is finally getting his initiation to sleepy-eyed feedings and diaper changes since returning home on the weekend.

 "(Teresa's) been very good and the baby doesn't cry too much.

 "He just gives a little tussle, then you feed him and he goes back to sleep for four hours, so he's been very good.

 "The night before the games, I sleep in the other room.

 "(Saturday) night I slept in the other room, helped out in the night and then again in the morning, so I get my eight hours sleep.

 "Then on days off, I can do a little more to help out.

 "The only tough time, when it was a distraction, was between Games 1 and 2 when we were in Vancouver and you'd like to be home.

 "That's the only time it's been a little long but other than that, everything's been great and focus has been easy."

 Traded to Calgary from Pittsburgh a year ago, Donovan has post-season experience with the Avalanche and Sharks, where he learned how other players with kids manage playoff pressure and family responsibilities.

 "I think in the playoffs in Colorado and San Jose I got to see how some very good players dealt with it, with family and kids, so when you go home you have fun with your family and then you need your rest and the family knows it," Donovan explained.

 "Hockey families are great, I know mine is.

 "They know to make sure to help me out, making sure I get enough sleep to get ready for the games."


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