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Carey Price to return 'soon' from NHL's player assistance program, head coach says

Montreal Canadiens star goaltender Carey Price is expected to exit the NHL/NHLPA's player assistance program on Saturday, coach Dominique Ducharme says.

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The NHL announced Canadiens goaltender Carey Price as the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. (Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

Montreal Canadiens star goaltender Carey Price is expected to exit the NHL/NHLPA's player assistance program on Saturday, coach Dominique Ducharme says.

"We haven't had it confirmed yet but we're expecting him to be in town soon," Ducharme said, "but we don't have an exact date."

The 34-year-old Price underwent knee surgery on July 22 and entered the program on Oct. 7.

Started as a jointly funded effort in 1996, the player assistance program offers support for players and their families dealing with mental health,  substance abuse and other issues.

The former Hart and Vezina Trophy recipient owns a 360-257-79 record with 49 shutouts, .917 save percentage and a 2.50 goals-against average in 707 NHL regular-season games (695 starts) since Montreal drafted him fifth overall in 2005.

The Canadiens (2-8-0) have struggled out of the gate following a season-opening five-game losing skid and host Detroit on Tuesday.

WATCH | Price putting mental health first by seeking assistance:

Canadiens' Carey Price voluntarily enters player assistance program

10 months ago
Duration 2:42
Star Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has stepped away from the game to voluntarily enter a player assistance program. In an Instagram post, his wife wrote about the importance of putting one's mental health first.

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