The statement also said Girard will continue to receive a salary while undergoing treatment. He will be able to return to the game once he receives authorization from the program administrator.
Through the social network ” x “, CAA Hockey shared a press release from Girard, who is a client.
“I made a proactive decision to take care of my mental health and begin treatment for severe anxiety and depression that had gone untreated for too long, leading to drug and alcohol abuse. Taking care of your mental health is one of the most important things and I encourage everyone to talk about it and get help if you need it. I want to express my gratitude to my wife, family, friends, organization, teammates and fans for your patience, understanding and support,” he wrote.
Girard, 25, has not been in a jersey for the Avalanche’s last two games. In 15 games this season, the defender collected one goal and three assists.
Girard has played for the Avalanche since the 2017-2018 season when he was traded to the Nashville Predators. He was selected by the Preds in the second round of the 2016 draft.
Since the beginning of his career, he has collected 185 points, including 156 assists, in 431 games.