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Capitals defenseman Ethan Bear enters NHL/NHLPA player assistance program | Radio-Canada Sports

Washington Capitals defenseman Ethan Bear is entering the joint NHL-NHL Players’ Association assistance program and will be out indefinitely.

The NHLPA and NHL said in a joint statement Wednesday that Bear would be eligible to return to on-ice competition once cleared by program administrators.

The 25-year-old from Ochapowace First Nation near Regina is in his first season with Washington after signing a two-year, US$4.125 million contract in December.

He joined the Capitals after injuring his shoulder while representing Canada at the 2023 World Hockey Championship and undergoing surgery.

Bear has one goal and three assists in 24 games with Washington this season.

He has 17 goals and 50 assists in 275 NHL games with Edmonton, Carolina, Vancouver and Washington.

Bear is the fifth player announced this season to be part of the program after Columbus’ Patrik Laine, Colorado’s Samuel Girard and Valeri Nichushkin and former teammate Evgeny Kuznetsov. The Capitals placed Kuznetsov on waivers after he was cleared to practice, sent him to the minors, then traded him to Carolina.

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