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Jets captain Andrew Ladd won't be joining KHL team

Andrew Ladd won't be heading to the Russian-based KHL after all. The Jets captain decided against joining Avangard Omsk during the NHL lockout due to family reasons.
Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd would have been the second Canadian-born player to join the KHL since the beginning of the NHL lockout last month. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Andrew Ladd won't be heading to the Russian-based KHL after all.

The Winnipeg Free Press reported Thursday that the Jets captain decided against joining Avangard Omsk during the NHL lockout.

The news came a little over 12 hours after the team announced Ladd's signing.

According to the Free Press, the 26-year-old had a change of heart because his wife Brandy is pregnant.

"I couldn't really justify leaving her by herself," Ladd told the paper. "The more I thought about it, the more I thought I didn't want to leave."

Ladd would have been just the second locked-out Canadian NHLer to play in the KHL. Jets teammate Evander Kane made his debut with Dinamo Minsk earlier this week.