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Ladd joins Jets for tilt against Sharks

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SAN JOSE — Andrew Ladd is back with his other family.

Jets captain Andrew Ladd missed Monday’s game against the Dallas Stars to rush back to Winnipeg for the birth of his second child, a still-to-be-named daughter.

Ladd rejoined the Jets in San Jose on Wednesday and will be in the lineup Thursday against the Sharks.

"If they’ll let me," laughed Ladd, after a short chat with the media at the Sharks practice facility.

Ladd and his wife Brandy now have a son and a daughter.

"A bit of a whirlwind. Got to Dallas and was on a bus to the hotel and got a call from my wife saying that she was going into labour. Then I had to arrange travel back and get there as quickly as possible," said Ladd. "It was great to spend as much time with my new daughter as possible and now it’s great to get back to the guys and what I love to do. She doesn’t have a name yet. My wife’s on one side and I’m on the other and it’s a bit of a tug of war right now."

Ladd said the choice to return to his family wasn’t really a decision.

"It was an easy decision for me. I got home around midnight on Sunday night and the baby was already born. It was a quick labour," said Ladd. "I felt it was right to stay and make sure my wife and my daughter were OK. We don’t have any family in town and I wanted to be there to support them."

For Ladd, family comes first.

"I don’t think there’s anything else but family. For me, it’s my No. 1 priority and it trumps everything else in life for me. So it was a pretty easy decision," said the two-time Stanley Cup winner, who had played in 233 consecutive games before missing his first as a Jet on Monday.

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