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12/10/2006 11:48:29 AM


MONTREAL (CP) - Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey has passed his duties on to assistant general manager Pierre Gauthier while he awaits word on his daughter Laura, who was swept overboard a ship in the Atlantic Ocean during a storm on Friday night.

The team confirmed in a statement Sunday that the 25-year-old woman, who is still missing at sea, is Gainey's daughter.

Gainey was with his three other children, Anna, Colleen and Steve, the statement from team president Pierre Boivin and communications vice-president Donald Beauchamp said.

''In respecting the privacy of Mr. Gainey and his family, the Canadiens will not issue any further comment at this time,'' it said. ''For the time being, Mr. Pierre Gauthier will manage the responsibilities of Mr. Gainey with the Canadiens.''

Gainey learned that the missing woman was his daughter on Saturday. Gauthier attended the Canadiens 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on Saturday night at the Bell Centre.

Laura Gainey was on a tall ship, the Picton Castle, headed to Granada when she was swept overboard by a large wave at about 9:30 p.m. on Friday. Rescuers are searching for her off the U.S. coast.

The Canadiens players and coaches had a day off practice Sunday and were not available for comment.

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