In late April during the suspension of the 2019-20 NHL season, Alain Vigneault shared his appreciation for the essential workers on the front line of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Flyers' head coach made his way back home to Gatineau, Quebec, where his girlfriend Monica Cotton is an emergency nurse and his sister Nicole Vigneault works for Quebec Health (see story).
He also talked about his parents.
"They’re both in their senior residence, they’ve both been isolated since Day 1," he said on April 29. "My mom is having a little bit more challenging time mentally in the past few months, but my dad is still as sharp as he can be. There’s no doubt that him going through this by himself, he’s very lonely."
For Vigneault, his first visit to see his parents during the quarantine meant the world to the 59-year-old head coach.
He shared the touching story and a picture to Flyers senior director of communications Zack Hill, which you can read and see below. He also chatted about it Thursday on 97.5 The Fanatic's "Farzetta in the Morning" show with Marc Farzetta.
It was the first day I was officially allowed to go out after serving my 14-day quarantine since arriving back in Gatineau, Quebec. The first trip I made was to my parents' senior care residence.
My mom Loraine (87) and dad Maurice (85) were originally both on the fifth floor but my mom is now battling dementia so she had to be moved to a 24-hour service on the second floor. When I arrived, they both walked out onto the second floor balcony and I was able to take this photo. We were able to talk for a few minutes. It was a very cold day in May but it was a good day for my mom. She recognized me and that was a real good positive for me.
Ever since the beginning of May, my sister and I had been visiting every other day. For the last three to four weeks, the country has opened up and my dad can travel and do his errands and can leave the residence. It's coming along in Canada in a positive way.
This moment was no doubt the highlight of my quarantine — getting to see my parents.
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