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Avalanche’s Nichushkin enters participant help program, might be away from workforce indefinitely

Colorado Avalanche ahead Valeri Nichushkin has entered the NHL/NHLPA Participant Help Program and might be away from the workforce for an indefinite period of time.

The league and union introduced Monday that Nichushkin will return to the Avalanche as soon as he is cleared by program directors. No different info was supplied.

The 28-year-old Nichushkin turns into the second Avalanche participant to enter the Participant Help Program this season. Defenceman Samuel Girard introduced in November that anxiousness and despair led to alcohol abuse and to him looking for remedy from this system. Girard returned in mid-December.

Nichushkin missed the sport Saturday in Toronto, with Avalanche coach Jared Bednar saying earlier than the sport that Nichushkin was “below the climate.” The Avalanche play in Montreal on Monday evening.

WATCH | NHLPA launches psychological well being program:

NHLPA launches psychological well being program

The Nationwide Hockey League Gamers’ Affiliation is launching a brand new psychological well being program to assist gamers and their households. The initiative, referred to as ‘First Line,’ intends to assist gamers prioritize total wellness on and off the ice.

Nichushkin has 22 objectives and 20 assists in 40 video games this season. The Russian is 2 video games away from reaching 500 regular-season contests for his profession.

Nichushkin was away from the workforce within the playoffs final season for what the workforce defined on the time had been private causes. He missed the ultimate 5 post-season video games of a first-round loss to Seattle.

His absence began after officers responded to a disaster name on the 4 Seasons Lodge in Seattle the afternoon earlier than Sport 3 on April 22. A 28-year-old lady was in an ambulance when officers arrived, and medics had been advised to talk with an Avalanche workforce doctor to assemble extra particulars.

The report, obtained on the time from the Seattle Police Division by The Related Press, stated the Avalanche doctor advised officers that workforce workers discovered the lady once they had been checking in on Nichushkin. The doctor advised officers the lady seemed to be closely intoxicated — too intoxicated to have left the lodge “in a journey share or cab service,” and requested EMS help.

When approached within the ambulance by officers, the lady said she was from Russia however born in Ukraine. She was transported to Virginia Mason Medical Middle in Seattle, in accordance with the report.

In September, Nichushkin deflected questions on his absence from the playoff collection. He stated he and the workforce each determined for him to be away for the rest of the playoff collection towards the Kraken. Colorado misplaced in seven video games.

WATCH | Harrison says program will assist teammates assist one another:

New psychological well being program ‘very useful,’ says former NHL participant

Jay Harrison, a former NHL defenceman turned psychologist, says the First Line initiative not solely helps cut back the stigma of psychological well being amongst hockey gamers however gives assets to assist teammates assist one another.

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