Alleged details of Alex Galchenyuk’s arrest emerged earlier this week that ultimately led to his being released by the Arizona Coyotes.
After Galchenyuk crashed a car into a sign, he was erratic with police, threatening to kill them.
Galchenyuk, who was born in the United States to Belarusian parents, said he could make one «phone call» to contacts in Russia, «and they would all be dead,» according to police.
«I’m going to cut you, your wife, your daughter,» Galechnyuk told an office, according to the police report.
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Galchenyuk is also alleged to have used a racial slur towards an officer-in-training during his apparent outburst. Police said Galchenyuk told officers that he was joking about the threats.
The 29-year-old was released from the Coyotes just 12 days after signing a one-year contract with them. The move came less than a week after he was arrested on charges of hit and run private propertydisorderly conduct, noncompliance, resisting arrest, and threat or intimidation.
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This was to be his third stint with the organization. He also played for them in 2018-2019 and 2021-2022.
The Montreal Canadiens selected Galchenyuk with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and he spent his first six seasons there.
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Since then he has played for the Coyotes, pittsburgh penguinsMinnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and two AHL teams in the last five seasons.
Associated Press contributed to this report.