Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended for the NHL and NHLPA's substance abuse and behavioral health program.
The Nashville Predators are saddened and disappointed for Austin Watson and his family as he enters the NHL / NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program for alcohol-related treatment, "the Predators said in a statement . "We are grateful for the NHL and NHLPA's program and will cooperate in any way we need to continue to support Austin and his family as they go through this difficult time. Because of the personal nature of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program and our exclusive focus on Austin and his family's well-being, there is no further comment on this matter. "
Watson wants to be cleared by the substance abuse program administrators before he's allowed to play in the NHL again.
The announcement continues. At the beginning of the season, Watson was suspended 1
Watson was arrested in Franklin, Tennessee in June 2018 and pleaded no contest to the charges.
The Predators made a three-month probation and had to complete a 26 -week battery intervention course and inpatient treatment for drugs and alcohol. Watson's original 27-game suspension matches the length of his probationary period.
Watson has appeared in 34 games this season and has scored 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists). Watson has fought 25 times over the past three seasons.
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The National Hockey League Players' Association and National Hockey League Austin Watson of the Nashville Predators has been placed in Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH) of the NHL and NHLPA for treatment related exclusively to his ongoing issues with alcohol abuse.
Under the terms
Watson's Care Wants to Apply for the NHL / NHLPA SABH Program.
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