Avalanche star added to player support roster

The top goal scorer in the playoffs for the Colorado Avalanche is leaving.

On Monday night, the Avalanche’s right wing Valeri Nichushkin—who has nine goals in his eight postseason games this year—was put in Stage 3 of the National Hockey League/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.

Later on Monday night, Colorado was getting ready to play host to the Dallas Stars in Game 4 of a Western Conference second-round playoff series at Ball Arena in Denver.

Nichushkin will be suspended without pay for a minimum of six months in accordance with the rules of the joint program, after which he will be qualified to seek for reinstatement.

Throughout the regular season, Nichushkin, 29, scored 28 goals and totaled 53 points in 54 games.

Nichushkin has played in 512 games over nine seasons with the Avalanche and the Dallas Stars, totaling 116 goals and 274 points.

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