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Habs forward Zack Kassian enters substance abuse program after car accident
Tue, 06 Oct 2015 20:04:07 +0000
Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) - One day after being involved in a car accident, Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian has entered a substance abuse program, according to the NHL and the NHL Players Association.
In a statement, the NHL and NHLPA said Kassian "has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program."
Under the terms of the program, the Canadiens forward will be suspended without pay until cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.
The accident happened early Sunday morning when a truck crashed into a tree around 6 a.m. Kassian suffered a broken nose and broken left foot in the accident.
Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said the incident showed "a lack of character and judgment" on Kassian's part.
"I do not have all the information, but it is disappointing to say the least," Bergevin said. "You have to be respectful. You're lucky to be hockey players.
"I'm a firm believer in character, and that's really a lack of character and judgment on his part."
Kassian was traded to Montreal from Vancouver on July 1 for forward Brandon Prust and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick.