Mother of Rangers forward Martin St. Louis passes at age 63

The mother of New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis passed away on Thursday, the New York Times and other media outlets report.

The Rangers confirmed the death of France, who was 63, on the team’s Twitter account.

According to the Times, St. Louis’ mother died of a heart attack.

New York faces the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5 of the second round series on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET. St. Louis had traveled to Montreal and it is not known whether he will play in the game.

*Update: According to a report by Andrew Gross of The Record (N.J.), St. Louis will play in Friday night’s game in Pittsburgh.

"We found out yesterday when we arrived in Pitt that Marty’s mom had passed away and, from there, we obviously sent him back home to Montreal,”  Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault said. “It was obviously a very, very quiet bus ride from the airport to the hotel.  We talked to Marty last night, we texted back and forth this morning and he decided to come back and play. I think it says a lot about him but it also says a lot about his teammates that he’d want to be here and play tonight. He’s here.

“This morning, he said that he talked to his dad and him and his dad both agreed that his mom would want him to be here and that’s what he did."

**Update (4:35 p.m. PT): St. Louis is playing for the Rangers in the first period of Game 5 vs. the Penguins.