NHL player reportedly threatened to have police killed during arrest

 July 18, 2023

Phoenix Coyotes NHL player Alex Galchenyuk reportedly said he would have police officers killed when he was arrested following a car accident.

Galchenyuk, an American whose parents are from Belarus, allegedly said he could make a call to "Russian connections" to have them put to death.

The player's release

"Galchenyuk also is alleged to have used a racial slur toward an officer in training during his apparent outburst. Police said Galchenyuk told officers he was joking about the threats," Fox News reported.

"The 29-year-old was released from the Coyotes just 12 days after signing a one-year deal with them. The move came less than a week after he was arrested on charges of private property hit-and-run, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest and threatening or intimidating," it added.

The team's statement

"We are aware of the incident involving Alex Galchenyuk and strongly condemn this type of behavior. Once the Club was made aware of the allegations, we immediately began the process of terminating his Standard Player's Contract through the proper channels in conjunction with the National Hockey League," read a statement from the Coyotes.

"As a result, the Arizona Coyotes today have exercised the team's right to terminate the contract of Alex Galchenyuk due to a material breach of the terms of his Standard Player's Contract. The Club will have no further comment at this time."

The police report

"According to the police report, a witness told police that a white BMW had hit a curb and sign. A training officer and a trainee arrived and saw Galchenyuk on the ground about 20 feet from the car. They watched another man put him in the passenger seat before driving off," NBC News reported.

"The officer pulled the car over and noticed both men were heavily impaired. Galchenyuk became agitated and began making erratic movements, and the officer asked him to step out of the car. Galchenyuk struggled with the officer before being handcuffed with the help of the officer in training, the report said," it continued.

Galchenyuk had recently signed a one-year contract on July 1 after playing 11 games last season.

The Avalache player will now have to seek out a new team while also dealing with charges related to the hit-and-run.

No one was hurt, but his career has taken a major hit due to his off-the-ice activities.

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