Colorado Avalanche forwards Nathan Mackinnon and Valeri Nichushkin and Defenseman Cale Makar
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Devastating Announcement Out of Colorado: A Star Player Has Entered the Players Assistance Program Ahead of Tonight's Game Against the Canadiens

Published January 15, 2024 at 4:59 PM
BY AARON

A few hours before the game against the Canadiens, the Colorado Avalanche made a sad announcement regarding forward Valeri Nichushkin.

Indeed, the Russian forward has temporarily left the team's entourage to report to the NHL's player assistance program, becoming the second player from the organization, after Samuel Girard, to enter this renowned program.

"The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association announced today that Valeri Nichushkin of the Colorado Avalanche will not be available to his club for an indefinite period while he receives care under the NHLPA and NHL Player Assistance Program.

According to the terms of the joint program, he will return to his club when he has been cleared by the program's administrators to participate in on-ice competitions." - NHL Public Relations



Obviously, the exact reasons for this decision have not been disclosed, but we strongly hope that the forward is doing well. This is certainly a very tough blow for Jared Bednar's men, as Nichushkin was having an excellent season with an impressive haul of 22 goals and 20 assists (42 points) in 40 games.

It should be noted that Valeri Nichushkin was involved in a rather scandalous incident during last year's playoffs. The forward also had to leave the team at that time after an intoxicated woman was found in his hotel room.

More details will follow.

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Devastating Announcement Out of Colorado: A Star Player Has Entered the Players Assistance Program Ahead of Tonight's Game Against the Canadiens

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