The NHL and NHLPA announced today that Detroit Red Wings forward Jakub Vrana has been reinstated by the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. Vrana had previously been placed in the program for undisclosed reasons, but it is clear that he has made progress and has now entered the follow-up care phase.
This news will likely come as a relief to Red Wings fans, as Vrana has been a key player for the team over the past few seasons when he did play. In the 2021-2022 season, Vrana scored 13 goals and 6 assists in just 26 games, making him one of the top scorers on the team during that span of games. Vrana also had 11 points in 11 games during the 2020-2021 season, which shows the hockey talent that he does have.
Vrana spoke about his experience with the player assistance program in an interview, saying “There’s bigger things than hockey in life. … You’re gonna deal with some things that is sad, that is bigger than hockey.” These comments highlight the importance of addressing mental health and well-being outside of the hockey world, and the fact that players are not immune to the challenges that life can bring.
It is clear that Vrana has taken his time in the player assistance program seriously, and is committed to continuing his care as he returns to the ice. The Red Wings organization and NHL has expressed support for Vrana and his journey, showing that they have and will continue to provide him with the necessary resources and support.
Overall, it is great to see Vrana back in action and continuing to prioritize his well-being. The NHL and NHLPA’s player assistance program plays a crucial role in supporting players through difficult times, and it is encouraging to see that it is being utilized and helping players like Vrana.
Life is bigger than hockey, it’s good to see a quality player like Vrana get the help he needs and be able to return to the game we all love.