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NHL suspends Avalanche's Valeri Nichuskin for six months

Published May 13, 2024 at 5:38 PM

The Colorado Avalanche's forward Valeri Nichuskin has once again found himself under the Assistance of the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, but this time under a much bigger stage.

The NHL confirmed that the Avs' 13 had breached the protocol and that for a second time in two straight playoffs season, he'd be out on the sidelines:

Valeri Nichushkin has been placed in Stage 3 of the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program -- which comes with a minimum six-month suspension without pay before he's eligible to apply for reinstatement

#Avs forward Val Nichushkin has been suspended without pay for a minimum 6 months for violating terms of #NHL/#NHLPA Player Assistance Program.

Sources say Nichushkin recently failed a drug test. He missed playoff games last year after a 911 call in Seattle in which an intoxicated woman was found in his room

That truly is a tough loss for the Avalanche who are trying to comeback to the Stars. The loss of Nichuskin's scoring ability will be a huge problem for them moving forward.

In 8 post season games in 2024, the forward scored 9 times and added an assist.
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