Alex Galchenyuk Issues Statement After Arrest; Will Enter Assistance Program

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NHLer Alex Galchenyuk has issued his first statement since being arrested and having his contract terminated earlier this month.

The Arizona Coyotes terminated the forward’s contract after details emerged about a startling incident in which he allegedly threatened police officers during a traffic stop.

On Tuesday, Galchenyuk tweeted a statement in which he apologized and announced that he was entering the NHL’s player assistance program.

The letter — addressed to the Arizona Coyotes organization, his teammates, and fans — began with a mea culpa July 9 incident.

“My behavior last week was deeply offensive, uncalled for, horrendous, embarrassing, disrespectful and just plain awful,” Galchenyuk wrote. “I let you down and I am truly sorry. While this behavior after drinking alcohol is not representative of who I am, I do have to take responsibility for it. My actions have cost me a chance to do what I love, play professional hockey.”

Galchenyuk then said that he was checking into the NHL/NHLPA Assistance Program, adding that he hopes to get the help he needs to keep from making a similar mistake down the line.

He wrapped up the letter by apologizing once again, and

The 29-year-old was set to begin his third stint with the Coyotes. He signed with the team on July 1 but was waived less than two weeks later due to this incident.

Galchenyuk has 11 NHL seasons under his belt and most recently played for the Colorado Avalanche.

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Written by Matt Reigle

Matt is a University of Central Florida graduate and a long-suffering Philadelphia Flyers fan living in Orlando, Florida. He can usually be heard playing guitar, shoe-horning obscure quotes from The Simpsons into conversations, or giving dissertations to captive audiences on why Iron Maiden is the greatest band of all time.

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