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Carey Price explains his absence from the Montreal Canadiens

Updated: Nov 25, 2021

On October 7th, Carey Price left the Canadiens to enter the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.

Today, Price explained in a statement why he initially took a leave of absence from the team.

"Over the last few years I have let myself get to a very dark place and I didn’t have the tools to cope with that struggle. Last month I made the decision to enter a residential treatment facility for substance use. Things had reached a point that I realized I needed to prioritize my health for both myself and for my family. Asking for help when you need it is what we encourage our kids to do. And it was what I needed to do.

I am working through years of neglecting my own mental health which will take some time to repair; all I can do is take it day by day. With that comes some uncertainty with when I will return to play. I appreciate all of the overwhelming support and well wishes. I please ask that the media and our hockey community continue to respect our privacy at this time. Your support and respect of this so far has been a critical piece to my recovery."

The assistance program, jointly run by the league and the NHL Players' Association, supports players and their families with mental health, substance abuse and other matters.

Carey Price returned to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, and it is unclear now when he will make his season debut.

Price asks for continual privacy as he gradually makes his return to the Canadiens.

The legendary goaltender is about to enter his 15th season in a Canadiens jersey, posting a remarkable 360 career wins in his career so far.

More to come.



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