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Evgeny Kuznetsov enters NHL assistance program
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You’d never want to see this kind of news in the NHL. But they’ve become increasingly popular in recent years.

The league has announced that Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is entering the NHL Assistance Program.

The Russian player’s story is well known.

Kuznetsov was suspended for four years by the International Ice Hockey Federation for testing positive for cocaine…

And we also saw a video of him in a hotel testing for a white substance.

In 2019, Kuznetsov had voluntarily enrolled in the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH), run by the NHL and the Players’ Association.

Evgeny Kuznetsov has collected 17 points in 43 games so far this season, which is not his usual style.

He was even sidelined earlier in the campaign when he was healthy.

Last summer, his agent openly stated that the player had wanted to change teams for a long time.

We also learned later thathe had requested a trade to the Washington Capitals.

Kuznetsov’s absence, of course, would be indefinite. He’s going to get the help he needs to solve his problems, and he’s doing the right thing.


The Canadiens, who will be in Washington tomorrow, will face the Capitals, who will be deprived of the services of one of their good center players.

Earlier this season, Samuel Girard, Valeri Nichushkin, Milan Lucic and Patrik Laine also called on the NHL’s assistance program.

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