The Montreal Canadiens executive vice-president and general manager returned to his Bell Centre office in recent days after a leave to grieve the loss of his daugher Laura in an accident at sea, team spokesman Donald Beauchamp said Tuesday. Gainey was not available for comment.
Laura Gainey was swept off the tall ship Picton Castle about 700 kilometres off the U.S. Atlantic coast by a large wave during a storm on Dec. 8. Air and sea crews were unable to find her after a three-day search.
The 25-year-old was a volunteer crew member on the ship that was sailing from Lunenburg, N.S. to Grenada.
Assistant GM Pierre Gauthier took over Gainey’s duties while the Hall of Fame player and former Canadiens captain grieved with his family.
A moment of silence was held for Laura Gainey before a Canadiens game Dec. 12 against the Boston Bruins.