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BREAKING: Colorado Avalanche Star Enters Players Assistance Program

Published January 15, 2024 at 12:35
Some troubling news emerged for one of Colorado's star players who has re-entered the Players Assistance Program for the 2nd time.

Valeri Nichushkin Re-Enters Players Assistance Program

Valeri Nichushkin, a forward for the Colorado Avalanche, is reportedly rejoining the NHL's Player Assistance Program, leading to an indefinite absence from the team. Although this information is not official yet, an NHL reporter has shared that Nichushkin will be out indefinitely due to his participation in the Player Assistance Program.

This is not official yet, but I'm hearing Valeri Nichushkin is back in the NHL player assistance program, out indefinitely

This isn't the first time Nichushkin has entered the program as he previously sought assistance last April during the Avalanche's playoff push, addressing alcohol-related issues. Despite the hope that these issues were resolved, it appears that he's facing challenges again. The details surrounding his return to the program and whether it's prompted by a new incident remain unclear at this time.

Nichushkin has been a standout player for the Avalanche this season, contributing significantly with 22 goals and 42 points in 40 games. While the team undoubtedly values his on-ice performance, the priority now is for Nichushkin to focus on his well-being and address any issues affecting him.

Further updates on the situation are awaited, with the hope that he can overcome these challenges and return to the ice in the future.
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BREAKING: Colorado Avalanche Star Enters Players Assistance Program

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