Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price entered a residential treatment center in October for drug addiction, he revealed in an Instagram post on Tuesday. Price completed a 30-day stint in the NHL / NHLPA Player Assistance Program and left the program on November 6.
“Over the past few years, I’ve let myself go in a very dark place and didn’t have the tools to deal with this struggle,” Price said in the post. “Last month, I made the decision to enter a residential drug treatment center.
“Things had reached a point where I realized that I had to prioritize my health for myself and for my family. Asking for help when you need it is what we encourage our children to do, and it was what I was supposed to do.
“I have worked for years neglecting my own sanity, which will take some time to recover; all I can do is take it day to day. With that comes some uncertainty as to when I will come back to play ”,
Price went on to write that he appreciated the overwhelming support, adding, “I ask the media and our hockey community to continue to respect our privacy at this time. Your support and respect in this regard has so far been essential to my recovery. “
Price, 34, has yet to play this season, his 15th in the NHL. He was at the Montreal training center on Tuesday.
“He’s doing well,” Montreal coach Dominique Ducharme told reporters. “Carey was there… it was good for me to see him and see how he was doing and for the guys to see their teammate too. Like I said before we have a good group of guys and they are getting together. care about each other. “
Ducharme added that there will be many steps to take before Price, who underwent knee surgery in the offseason, returns to action.
“I think it’s important that we focus on this before we hit the road with the team,” said Ducharme.
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