Jan. 29 (UPI) — The NHL and the Nationwide Hockey League Gamers’ Affiliation introduced Tuesday they positioned Nashville Predators ahead Austin Watson within the second stage of the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse and behavioral well being program for elevated therapy associated to his ongoing battle with alcohol abuse.
Underneath this system, Watson will serve a suspension with out pay till cleared by program directors.
“The Nashville Predators are saddened and dissatisfied for Austin Watson and his household as he enters the NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Well being Program for alcohol-related therapy,” the Predators mentioned in an announcement. “We’re grateful for the NHL and NHLPA’s program and can cooperate in any approach mandatory as we proceed to assist Austin and his household as they undergo this tough time.
“Due to the private nature of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Well being Program and our unique concentrate on Austin and his household’s well-being, there might be no additional touch upon this matter.”
Watson beforehand served a suspension throughout the preseason and the Preds’ opening 18 video games of this season after he pled no-contest to home abuse following an alleged incident along with his girlfriend June 16.
Watson returned from his diminished suspension and performed in 34 video games this season. He had seven targets and 6 assists.
The 27-year-old ahead is in his fifth NHL season, all with the Predators. His future with the membership is unsure.
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