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Samuel Girard to enter NHL's Player Assistance Program

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

On Friday afternoon, the Colorado Avalanche have announced one of its players has entered the Player Assistance Program.

Samuel Girard of the Avalanche has entered the Player Assistance Program, his agent released in a statement on Friday Afternoon.

Girard is entering treatment for severe anxiety and depression which led to Alcohol Abuse.

The full statement reads the following:

"I have made a proactive decision to take care of my mental health, and will be entering treatment for severe anxiety and depression that has gone untreated for too long and led to alcohol abuse. taking care of your mental health is of the utmost importance, and I encourage everyone to speak up and seek help should you feel like you need it. I want to express my gratitude to my wife, family, friends, the club, my teammates, and the fans for their patience, understanding, and continued support."

He was out of the lineup against Nashville on Monday night due to personal reasons, likely a direct result of entering the Program later in the week.

Girard, 25, has scored 1 goal, 3 assists in just 15 games for the Avalanche this season.

We wish you all the best in your recovery, Samuel. Taking the next step toward recovery for addiction is no small task, and we hope to see you on the ice soon.



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