Carey Price Joins NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, Will Be Away From Canadiens

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Carey Price Joins NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, Will Be Away From Canadiens

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On Thursday, the NHL and NHLPA announced that Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price would be away from the team while voluntarily participating in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.

You can read the official release here:

After leading the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup Final this past season, Price has missed all of Canadiens training camp since having knee surgery in July. On Wednesday, Canadiens head coach Dominique Ducharme told reporters that Price is “not doing well right now” as he recovers from a non-COVID-19 illness.

The NHLPA Player Assistance Program has been established since 1996, with players able to call a confidential phone line. The jointly funded group assists players and their families with mental health, substance abuse, and other matters. In addition, there are counselors available in each NHL city.

Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin is scheduled to speak this morning.

Whatever Price and his family are going through that has led him to join the program, we want to extend our support and well wishes for him and his family.



Author: Mario Tirabassi

Mario Tirabassi is a writer for Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Mario_Tirabassi.