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Ethan Bear Harassed After Entering NHLPA Players Assistance Program

Published March 29, 2024 at 10:23

As the Washington Capitals' defenseman Ethan Bear stepped away from the team to seek assistance from the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, concern and well-wishes flooded social media platforms. However, amidst the supportive messages, a disturbing trend emerged as some individuals resorted to mean-spirited comments and insinuations about Bear's situation, casting unwarranted judgment on his decision to seek help.

The hurtful remarks, particularly targeting Bear's Native American heritage, marred an otherwise sympathetic response from fans. Born and raised on the Ochapowace Nation near Whitewood, Saskatchewan, Bear has faced challenges throughout his career, including a recent bout of injuries and struggles on the ice.

Despite his setbacks, Bear's resilience has been evident, as he persevered through rehabilitation following shoulder surgery and transitioned to a new team, the Washington Capitals, after stints with the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers. However, his current struggles on the ice, coupled with the pressures of competing for a playoff spot, have added to his burdens.

Amid the adversity, Bear's priority remains his health and well-being as he undergoes treatment through the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program. The road to recovery is undoubtedly challenging, and the support of fans is crucial during this time. Let us rally behind Ethan Bear, sending him positive energy and encouragement as he focuses on his journey to wellness.

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