Patrik Laine of the Columbus Blue Jackets announces his decision to enter the Player Assistance Program for mental health support.
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Patrik Laine reveals the reason he left the Columbus Blue Jackets mid-season

Published January 29, 2024 at 7:44

Earlier today, Patrik Laine, the talented forward for the Columbus Blue Jackets, made a surprising announcement. He entered the Player Assistance Program, a joint initiative by the NHL and NHL Players Association. This move led to his indefinite leave from the team, leaving many questions unanswered.

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However, Laine himself has now shed some light on the situation. He took to social media to share his reasons for stepping away from the ice. In his heartfelt statement, Laine emphasized the importance of focusing on his well-being and mental health to regain his peak performance on the ice.

A few days back, whispers were swirling around Patrik Laine's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets. According to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger, the team was open to entertaining trade offers for both Laine and defenseman Ivan Provorov.

At just 25 years old, he's currently in the second year of a four-year extension he inked back in July 2022, boasting an average annual value of $8.7 million.

Here's the complete, unedited statement from Laine:

Laine's Candid Admission:

Dear fans and supporters,
I wanted to take a moment to address my need to step away from the game for a while. After careful consideration and discussions with my support network and the team, I have recognized the importance of prioritizing my mental health and well-being. Hockey has been my passion and my life, but I have come to realize that in order to perform at my best, I need to take this time to focus on myself.
I am grateful for the understanding and support of my team, the league, and our fans during this time. I look forward to returning to the ice with a clear mind and renewed energy. Thank you for respecting my privacy during this time and for your continued support.
With love,

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Patrik Laine reveals the reason he left the Columbus Blue Jackets mid-season

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