Much like his Blackhawks teammates, Andrew Desjardins is doing everything to prepare for the team’s second-round series against the Minnesota Wild, which begins at some point later this week.
But Desjardins also has some other things, and other people, on his mind. Two of his good friends, Sam Caldbick and Cody Walter, are missing in the wake of the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal over the weekend. Desjardins tweeted a photo of his friends early Monday in the hopes that word will spread and someone will have information.
My friends Cody & Sam are missing. They were hiking in the Langtang National Park in Nepal. Last heard from April 23. pic.twitter.com/qgPGtfpxnE
— Andrew Desjardins (@AndrewDesjardin) April 27, 2015
It’s been a tough time, and Desjardins is trying to keep his focus on the Blackhawks as much as possible.
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“Obviously I’m trying to go about my day and get my work in,” he said following Monday’s practice. “As of now I’m presuming they’re safe. I’m trying to hope, trying to think of the best right now.”
Caldbick, of Ottawa, and Walter, of Lively, Ontario, were last seen in Langtang National Park. Faye Kennedy, another Ottawa resident who was in the park at the time the earthquake struck, was found safe on Monday according to CFRA.
Desjardins said he didn’t talk to his friends before they headed off to their hike in Nepal. He doesn’t know a lot of details, other than where they were likely last seen and they were probably heading toward Katmandu, Nepal’s capital.
“I’m not sure if they were with a bunch of people or if it was just those two,” he said. “There are circumstances I’m not aware of.”
Desjardins feels pretty powerless right now; it’s tough to feel otherwise. He’s hoping that by tweeting information out, word spreads and that Caldbick and Walter will be found safe.
“I just going to hope for the best and just try to see what happens here, see what the outcome is,” he said. “I just wanted to do my part by trying to make people aware and try to get [Walter and Caldbick’s families] answers – as well as myself, I guess.”