Patrik Laine of the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Blue Jackets star Patrik Laine opens up on departure from the NHL

Published January 29, 2024 at 1:57 PM

Patrik Laine is one of the biggest personalities in the NHL, but over the weekend he officially revealed he will be stepping away from the game indefinitely, and has now opened up on the situation.

Laine reveals his motivation for leaving

The NHL world was rocked recently when Columbus Blue Jackets star Patrik Laine revealed he was entering the NHL's Player Assistance Program, meaning he will be away from the team for a while.

Now, the former Winnipeg Jets star has taken to social media to give the fans an update on what's exactly going on;

Dear fans and supporters,

I wanted to take a moment to address my need to step away from the game for a while. After careful consideration and discussions with my support network and the team, I have recognized the importance of prioritizing my mental health and well-being. Hockey has been my passion and my life, but I have come to realize that in order to perform at my best, I need to take this time to focus on myself.

I am grateful for the understanding and support of my team, the league, and our fans during this time. I look forward to returning to the ice with a clear mind and renewed energy. Thank you for respecting my privacy during this time and for your continued support.

With love,

Given the importance of mental health, it's fantastic to see that Laine is vulnerable and comfortable enough to reveal the reason behind his leaving, as it may encourage others to be 100% honest about their situation.

We wish Patrik the best, and given the pressure that comes with being a professional athlete, we hope he can get back on the ice at 100% as soon as possible.

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Blue Jackets star Patrik Laine opens up on departure from the NHL

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