Red Wings Vrana Launches NHL/NHL Player Assistance Program

DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana has joined the NHL and NHL Players’ Association Players Assistance Program.

The union and the union announced this on Wednesday. They did not specify why he had entered the program.

Vrana will be paid while being treated. The program administrators determine when he can compete for the Red Wings.

Vrana, 26, had a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win over New Jersey. Two days later, the team announced that it had not played in a home game against the Los Angeles Kings for personal reasons.

Vrana, who is from the Czech Republic, has 98 goals and 91 assists in 323 games in the regular season. He was selected by Washington with the No. 13 pick in the 2014 draft.

The Red Wings acquired Vrana in a trade with the Capitals in April 2021, along with Richard Panik, a first and second round pick in exchange for Anthony Mantha. Just over a year ago, the Red Wings gave him a three-year contract worth $5.25 million per season.

The NHL and NHLPA started the Player’s Assistance Program in 1996, giving players access to a confidential telephone line and advisors in every city in the league. The co-funded group helps players and their families with mental health, substance abuse and other issues.

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