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Former 2019 first round pick leaves the Penguins and returns home for personal reasons

Published December 7, 2022 at 3:23 PM
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The Pittsburgh Penguins announced that forward Samuel Poulin was leaving the organization indefinitely for personal reasons.


"The Penguins support Sam's decision to step away from hockey to focus on himself. As with all of our players, our priority is them as individuals first. We look forward to seeing him back with the team when he is ready." - Ron Hextall

The team has announced that they will not be making any further comment on his status at this time and kindly ask that the Quebecer's privacy be respected. In fact, it has been indicated that Poulin is expected to return home to Quebec and continue his on- and off-ice workouts.


Earlier this season, during training camp, it was reported that Poulin had also taken a leave of absence from the team, following the tragic death of his grandfather.

The 21-year-old forward was the Penguins' 2019 first round pick, 21st overall.

In 85 games with the Penguins' club-school over the past two seasons, he has 41 points. He also earned his first NHL point on Oct. 25, when he was recalled for a matchup in Calgary.

We hope he takes time for himself and does what he needs to do to get back in shape physically and mentally.

Credit: Habs & NHL
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