The Arizona Coyotes have terminated the contract of one of the NHL team’s players whose aggression wasn’t confined to the hockey rink, announcing that they have parted ways with Alex Galchenyuk following the forward’s confrontation with law enforcement after he was arrested for a hit-and-run incident and reportedly threatened police officers and their families.
The 29-year-old journeyman who had recently signed a contract for this third stint with the team was cut on Friday as troubling details emerged about the Sunday incident that went down in Scottsdale, Ariz. in which the drunken player reportedly threatened officers and used a racial slur after driving his BMW into a sign.
“I’m gunna chop you and your daughter,” the player said, according to sports website The Athletic which cited the police report. “One phone call and you’re all dead, your whole family, your whole blood line is dead.”
The now former Coyote, who while born in the United States, spent much of his early years in Russia was “heavily impaired” with “heavily slurred speech, blood shot watery eyes and an odor of alcohol that emanated from him,” repeatedly used a racial slur toward one of the officers – an African-American – who was in training, according to the police report.
(Video: Fox 10 Phoenix)
“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. 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 team said in a statement.
According to a local media report, Galchenyuk’s father Alexander Galchenyuk Sr. showed up at the scene to retrieve his son, “Police saw the older man pick Galchenyuk Jr. off the ground and put him into the passenger seat of the BMW. His father then got into the driver’s seat, documents say, and drove away just before officers conducted a traffic stop.”
“After the car pulled over, officers spoke with both men. The father told police his son had been out in the sun for a while, and that’s why he was stumbling, according to investigators. Galchenyuk Sr. also claimed he struck the sign and curb by accident, not his son. However, police noted that the description of the suspect given by witnesses matched Galchenyuk Jr., not his father,” the outlet reported.
“As one officer was speaking with the father, he noticed Galchenyuk Jr. wasn’t cooperating with a second officer’s orders. He was ‘heavily impaired,’ with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and smelled like alcohol, police said. Investigators say Galchenyuk Jr. told one officer, ‘You understand I will chop all of you [expletive]’ before the officer pulled him out of the car. ‘You know, the [expletive] I’ll call will chop your neck off,’ he added. Galchenyuk Jr. was put in the back of a patrol car when he began threatening officers, stating, “I’m gonna chop you, your wife, your daughter,’ ‘You’ll never see your family; how scary is that?’ He also threatened to kill officers’ families, police said. ‘One phone call and you’re all dead, your whole family, your bloodline is dead,’ he said. ‘Your friends are going to get murdered; you know that [expletive].’” according to Arizona’s Family KTVK 3TV and KPHO-TV CBS 5 which cited court documents in its report.
“Galchenyuk continued the threats, claiming he would call his connections in Moscow, Russia, to have an officer’s wife and daughter’s kidneys cut out, documents state. Galchenyuk then began calling one officer racial slurs several times. He was then taken to jail. While in jail, Galchenyuk Jr. reportedly told the officer he would still ‘make the phone call’ but then laughed and claimed he was joking,” the outlet reported.
He was booked on charges “including private property hit and run, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest, and threatening or intimidating.”
Originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2012, Galchenyuk played six seasons with the team before bouncing around the NHL with stints in Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Colorado, Toronto, Ottawa, and Arizona where he just signed his contract for his aborted third tour of duty. He has also spent time in the minor leagues during his professional hockey career.
This father told police that he had never seen his son act out in such an aggressive manner and said that it could have been due to either his nicotine pouches or the alcohol.
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