Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian cleared to play again

Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian cleared to play again

Main pic: Montreal Canadiens Zack Kassian scores on Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Scott Darling during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Montreal, Friday, Sept. 25, 2015. Kassian has been cleared to play again after spending more than two months in a substance abuse program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

Canadiens forward Kassian cleared to play again after substance abuse rehab.

Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian has been cleared to play again after spending more than two months in a substance abuse program.

The NHL and the NHL Players’ Association announced Tuesday that Kassian “has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the substance abuse and behavioural health program.”

“Kassian’s care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program.”

The Canadiens then placed Kassian on waivers.

Kassian, a native of Windsor, Ont., was placed in stage two of the program after he was involved in an early-morning, single-car accident on Oct. 4. He was deemed to have violated stage one, which mainly involves counselling.

The 24-year-old right-winger was acquired by the Canadiens in an off-season trade with the Vancouver Canucks. He has yet to play a regular-season game for Montreal.

Kassian has 66 points (35 goals, 31 assists) in 198 career games. He had 16 points (10-6) in 42 games for the Canucks last season.

The Canadian Press

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