Capitals’ Evgeny Kuznetsov entering NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, out indefinitely



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Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program and will be unavailable to his club for an indefinite period while he receives care, the league announced Monday.

Kuznetsov missed the team’s first practice after the All-Star Break on Monday due to personal reasons.

Neither the NHL nor the Capitals disclosed the 31-year-old’s reason for entering the program, which assists players and their families with mental health, substance abuse and other matters.

Under the terms of the joint program, Kuznetsov will return to the club when cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.

Kuznetsov has six goals, 11 assists and 17 points in 43 games this season.

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