SAN JOSE -- Sharks captain Joe Thornton said Monday it was an easy decision to skip the Canadian Olympic team's orientation camp in Calgary two weeks ago because his infant son, River, was sick.
"I didn't think twice about it," Thornton said. "Family comes first. Everybody knows that."
River, he added, has fully recovered from the high fever that required hospitalization when he was only two months old.
"He's fine. He's back to sleeping and eating and pooping like a normal little boy," said Thornton, who said Team Canada General Manager Steve Yzerman totally understood the situation.
Thornton, who has been skating at San Jose's captain's practices the past few weeks, was a member of Team Canada in both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics.
The Sharks open training camp this week with players taking their physicals Wednesday and on-ice drills the following day.