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Washington Capitals defenseman Ethan Bear lined up for a faceoff during a home game in the NHL.
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Former Edmonton Oiler Ethan Bear steps away from hockey indefinitely

Published March 27, 2024 at 6:56 PM
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Tonight the Washington Capitals have announced that former Oiler defenseman Ethan Bear is stepping away from hockey. The reports confirm he will be entering the NHLPA Player Assistance Program.

Today the Washington Capitals announced that veteran defenseman Ethan Bear would be stepping away from the team. Ethan Bear will be entering the NHL's Player Assistance Program to deal with some things.

NHL/NHLPA announce Ethan Bear is unavailable indefinitely receiving care from the Player Assistance Program. Wish him all the best.




As of now, it has not been confirmed exactly why Ethan Bear will be entering the program. This is now the second Washington Capital to enter the program this season after Evgeny Kuznetsov entered the program before his eventual trade to Carolina.

During Ethan Bear's time with the Edmonton Oilers, he was a steady presence on the defensive side and a player with a bright future. Since leaving Edmonton he has struggled to find a permanent home with stops in Carolina, Vancouver, and of course Washington.

The NHLPA Player Assistance Program has seen a major uptick in players utilizing the program. While this sounds like a problem that many players need this assistance it is a positive that these players now have a place to get the help they truly need.

As the season winds down the Washington Capitals remain in a playoff spot with 11 games to go. If the Capitals end up making it into the playoffs it will be interesting to see if Ethan Bear ends up being able to come back this season.

As Ethan Bear gets the help he needs we wish him all the best and hope to see him back in the NHL and thriving soon.
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Former Edmonton Oiler Ethan Bear steps away from hockey indefinitely

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