On Thursday night, Columbus coach John Tortorella missed the Blue Jackets' game at the Nashville Predators and will skip this weekend's All-Star Game in Los Angeles because of what was called "a family emergency" at the time.
Tortorella has since cleared up the issue.
He is skipping the All-Star Game because his son Nick's 10-year-old pit bull, Emma, is in failing health. Nick is a U.S. Army Ranger stationed abroad.
"I needed to see this through," Tortorella told The Columbus Dispatch.
Tortorella was forced to miss Thursday's game under league rules against skipping the event. Players and coaches are subject to a one-game suspension -- either before or after the event -- for skipping it.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Dispatch via email that coaches are typically held to the "exact same standard as players."
Tortorella informed the Columbus players of the events on Thursday, according to The Dispatch.
"All the guys understood," Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said in the report.
Tortorella has guided Columbus to a stunning 32-11-4 record, including a franchise-best 16-game winning streak from Nov. 29-Jan. 3, and 68 total points for the second overall spot in the Eastern Conference. He was scheduled to guide the Metropolitan Division team in Los Angeles.
Columbus' first game after the All-Star break is Tuesday night at the New York Rangers.