Redden's mother loses fight

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:33 AM ET

Wade Redden fulfilled his mother's dying wish by lining up alongside his Senators teammates Friday night as they began their Stanley Cup quest.

Late Saturday, Patricia Redden lost her lengthy fight against cancer, succumbing to the disease at home in Lloydminster, Sask.

While the Senators defenceman wanted to stay at his 57-year-old mother's bedside, Redden returned to Ottawa for Friday's game because Pat wouldn't have had it any other way.

"This is where his family wanted him to be," said Senators coach Bryan Murray yesterday.

Redden wasn't in the lineup for Game 2 of the club's first-round playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning last night at Scotiabank Place. Redden returned home to be with his father Gord, brother Bart and sister Niki following the death of his mother. It isn't clear when he'll return.

EMOTIONAL TIME

But before boarding a flight home early yesterday morning, Redden called Murray for a heart-to-heart chat during what is the most difficult time for anybody who loses a family member.

"He was worried about his family, but he was also worried about the team and that just shows how much he cares the people on this team," said Murray. "Everybody who knows him is sorry for the family. They know what a great lady she was and a fine person."

This news hit home hard with his teammates. "There's a lot of people in the room who are wondering why," said Senators defenceman Chris Phillips yesterday. "You wonder why this has to happen to such a fine lady like this. You don't want to see it happen to anybody, but she was just such a great person ... caring and giving and always smiling."


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