Controversial Forward Enters NHL Player Assistance Program

Alex Galchenyuk, a free agent forward who had recently signed with the Arizona Coyotes, has voluntarily entered the NHL and NHLPA's player assistance program.

This decision comes in the wake of his arrest and subsequent termination of his contract by the Coyotes. Galchenyuk was arrested in Scottsdale, Arizona, on July 9 for a hit-and-run incident, which also involved allegations of making violent threats and using racial slurs towards police officers.

Expressing remorse for his behavior, Galchenyuk has issued apologies to both the officers involved and the Coyotes organization.

Despite the termination of his contract, Galchenyuk remains an unrestricted free agent and will be eligible for assistance as a member of the NHLPA.

In his letter of apology to the police officers, he acknowledged the need for personal growth and expressed deep regret for the pain he caused. Recognizing the seriousness of the situation, the NHL and NHLPA are supporting Galchenyuk by facilitating his entry into the player assistance program.

Additionally, the players' association is considering a potential grievance regarding his contract termination.

Galchenyuk's arrest and subsequent actions have created significant repercussions in his professional career. However, by enrolling in the player assistance program, he is taking steps to seek guidance and support in an attempt to continue his career.

As the situation continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how this will impact his future in the NHL and whether he can rebuild his career after this setback. Photo Credit:  Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports