– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) January 28, 2024
Addiction, in all its forms, is not to be taken lightly. It really isn’t.
A number of NHL players have turned to the NHL’s assistance program for help with personal problems, which may include substance dependence.
We don’t know the precise reason why the Finn decided to use the assistance program, but it must have affected his day-to-day life.
We do know that he’s a big fan of online video games, including Fortnite, and that could be a reason for his admission to the program.
However, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, as the reason could be something completely different, such as severe depression, alcohol dependence or something else.
And let’s not forget former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling, who entered the program but didn’t enjoy it at all.
Scott Darling on the NHL assistance program: “F*ck them! They’re monsters” → https://t.co/9P7FvN5pWJ
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) November 28, 2023
Seeing all the players in and out of this program lately, you’d think Darling’s case was different, or that there are details we don’t know. It seems to work for the vast majority of players.
Over the past two seasons, Laine has accustomed us to a pace of one point per game, but this season it’s much more difficult.
Let’s hope Laine comes out of this stronger and can continue to dominate as he does so well.
– We also learned this week that the Finn, along with teammate Ivan Provorov, could be available on the Jackets’ trade market. Laine’s admission to the assistance program therefore clouds the picture for his team.