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BREAKING: Galchenyuk Enters NHL Player Assistance Program

Published July 18, 2023 at 2:56 PM
BY TJ TUCKER
Given everything that's gone on with him lately, this seems like a very positive step. Alex Galchenyuk, who was recently let go from his contract for next season with the Arizona Coyotes after a disturbing incident involving police, has entered the NHL's Player Assistance Program. Among other things, the program is designed to help players get away from the abuse of alcohol and drugs.

Letter of Apology



According to ESPN, Galchenyuk has also penned a letter to police in Scottsdale in which he apologizes for his actions on July 9th.

"My actions after drinking alcohol were not representative of who I am, but I must take responsibility for them and I hope to one day be able to show you that I am a better person than who you sadly encountered last week," Galchenyuk wrote. "What all of you do, putting your lives on the line to protect and serve others, is nothing short of selfless and heroic. I appreciate and respect each of you and I want you to know I will work on myself every day with the goal of one day being able to make amends and to try to earn your forgiveness."

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In a letter to the Coyotes organization and fans, Galchenyuk said he is "deeply embarrassed" by what happened, and called his actions "deeply offensive" and "uncalled for."

"I am beyond embarrassed and disappointed with myself and I feel awful for everyone I have let down. My family was counting on me to be better, the Coyotes and the amazing Coyotes fans deserve better and the brave police officers who risk their lives to keep us safe deserve better."

The Incident



Police were called to a scene on July 9th where a car had crashed into a sign. Galchenyuk, who was allegedly driving the car, reportedly threatened an officer and their family, as well as using racial slurs multiple times. The police report mentions signs of impairment.

"One phone call and you're all dead, your whole family, your blood line is dead."

Galchenyuk faces several charges in the incident.
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