(Stu Cowan/ Montreal Gazette) — Dr. Karl Looper is the head of psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital and he’s happy that the Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin and Carey Price both came forward to make their issues with mental health public.
Drouin left the Canadiens near the end of last season and missed the team’s entire playoff run to the Stanley Cup final, explaining later that he was battling anxiety and the resulting insomnia that would have him sometimes go three straight nights without sleeping. Drouin returned to the team for the start of this season.
Price voluntarily entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program last month and spent 30 days there, announcing after that he was dealing with substance use.
“Over the last few years I have let myself get to a very dark place and I didn’t have the tools to cope with that struggle,” Price announced. (…)