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Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin taking indefinite leave of absence


MONTREAL, QC - SEPTEMBER 16: Montreal Canadiens left wing Jonathan Drouin (92) waits for a faceoff during the New Jersey Devils versus the Montreal Canadiens preseason game on September 16, 2019, at Bell Centre in Montreal, QC (Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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MONTREAL -- Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin is taking an indefinite leave of absence for personal reasons, the team said Wednesday.

The Canadiens announced on their Twitter feed that Drouin will be placed on long-term injured reserve by the club.

“We ask everyone to respect his privacy,” the Canadiens said.

Drouin has 23 points in 44 games this season. He missed Montreal’s past three games with a non-COVID-related illness.

The Canadiens, fourth in the North Division, are scheduled to host the division-leading Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.