Jets' Andrew Ladd: Being with wife, newborn easy decision

Jets captain Andrew Ladd defended his decision to miss Monday's game to be with his wife and...

Jets captain Andrew Ladd defended his decision to miss Monday's game to be with his wife and newborn daughter. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images/AFP)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:58 PM ET

SAN JOSE, CALIF. - Andrew Ladd made it to Silicon Valley on Wednesday afternoon following the birth of his yet-to-be-named daughter, but it was half an hour after Jets practice had begun so he watched the 60-minute workout instead of hitting the ice.

So, naturally, his teammates let him have it after practice, which concluded with 10 minutes of hard skating.

“Couldn’t have grabbed a flight that was two hours earlier?” centre Bryan Little chirped as he stepped off the ice.

Left winger Dustin Byfuglien took it one step further, dropping his stick and mitts, and attempted to pull Ladd’s jacket over his head.

It was all in good fun, of course, but that wasn’t the case earlier in the week when Ladd chose to be with his wife rather than play in a critical game against the Dallas Stars. Some people actually thought he should have chosen the game over his family.

No, really.

“It was an easy decision for me,” Ladd said after arriving at the Sharks Ice practice facility. “I got home just before 12 on Sunday night, and the baby was actually born before I got there.


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