Philadelphia Flyer Simon Gagne Welcomes Son Matthew

06/02/2009 at 08:00 AM ET
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Philadelphia Flyer Simon Gagne is continuing to produce, even in the off-season! The 29-year-old forward welcomed his first child on Tuesday, a boy Simon and wife Karine have named Matthew. Just two days later, Simon flew to Nashville for hip surgery, and on Friday he returned home to his new-found family of three.

“It feels like a dream,” Simon admitted. “I don’t know if I really realize it yet.”

“This is where you start to realize that you are going to have a family, and you are going to be a father when the baby comes back to the house…I am sure the next couple of days are going to be very fun to get better, start to heal the hip, with my baby, Matthew, and my wife. It is definitely one of the greatest moments in my life.”

Matthew is the first child for the couple.


— Missy

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sasha on

Ooh congrats, i’ve always really liked him!
He’s like the first athlete you’ve posted about that I actually recognize haha

martina on

Hah hah, I am in the same boat – I don’t know any baseball players, only recognize hockey guys.

Brooklyn on

Congrats to Simon & Karine! I always enjoy when there’s posts about hockey players! I think there have been quite a few in the past!

Daniella on

Congrats, Simon is one of my favorite players on the Flyers! I’m always thrilled to see them post the births of ice hockey players on here. They’re usually they’re athletes I’m most familiar with. Maybe the Gagne family will have another hockey star in the making! 🙂

CelebBabyLover on

Why did Simon schedule his hip surgery so close to his baby’s birth?