Capitals’ Kuznetsov to receive care from NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program

Washington Capitals centre Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) in the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024, in Denver. (David Zalubowski/AP)

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov will be receiving care from the Player Assistance Program of the NHLPA and NHL, it was announced on Monday.

“(Kuznetsov) will be unavailable to his Club for an indefinite period while he receives care,” the statement read.

Kuznetsov, 31, was drafted 26th overall by the Capitals in 2010 and has played parts of 10 seasons with the club. The Russian has collected 171 goals and 568 points in 723 NHL games. He has six goals and 11 assists in 43 games this season.

“Under the terms of the joint program, he will return to the Club when cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators,” said the statement.

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