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Team unity: Entire Rangers squad to attend funeral of teammate's mom

May 4, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers right wing Martin St. Louis (26) carries the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin (71) during the first period in game two of the second round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Pens won 3-0. Photo: Image by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Team unity: Entire Rangers squad to attend funeral of teammate's mom

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED May 15, 2014

Playoff hockey is one of the ultimate tests of team togetherness, and the New York Rangers are making a statement about that at one of the toughest times in a star player's life.

Martin St. Louis' mom, France, passed away in recent days, and her funeral is set for Sunday in Montreal, where his Rangers will play the Canadiens in the playoffs.

The whole team will be by Martin's side at the funeral.

Head coach Alain "AV" Vigneault, says the team will use their day off on Sunday to help Martin grieve.

Blue Shirts United reports that, according to Vigneault, the death of St. Louis' mom is making the team "tighter and closer together."

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A lifelong sports fanatic whose grandfather appeared on a weekly show in the early years of 620WTMJ, Jay was well-groomed for a career with Journal Broadcast Group and WTMJ.