Frightening, Sordid Details Emerge From Galchenyuk Arrest

It raised plenty of eyebrows when the Arizona Coyotes cut ties with veteran forward Alex Galchenyuk last week just 12 days after signing him to a free agent contract. Then we learned that it was due to an arrest

Now new shocking details are emerging. 

Senior investigative writer Katie Strang of The Athletic has laid out the sordid chain of events of his confrontation with police in a new report.

According to the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Police Department report, Galchenyuk allegedly threatened to kill an officer and his entire family.

Galchenyuk was curt and profane when the police began asking him questions after seeing him laying on the ground approximately 20 feet from a car and a sign that was damaged. According to the report... Galchenyuk told an officer “I will chop all of you f—s” and began to reach under his seat, prompting a warning from the officer.

It gets even more frightening from there. 

With Galchenyuk in the back of the patrol car en route to the police station, he allegedly made a number of threatening comments to the officers, according to the report, including:

“I’m gunna (sic) chop you and your daughter.”

“Let me go or I will make one phone call.”

“You’ll never see your family, how scary is that?”   

“One phone call and you’re all dead, your whole family, your whole blood line is dead.” 

It's safe to say that it'll be a long time—if ever—before the 11-year veteran forward returns to the NHL. 

His days as a viable contributor were on the wane anyway, as he played in just 11 games with the Colorado Avalance last season with zero points and a minus-8 rating, and managed just six goals and 21 points for the Coyotes the season before. 

Galchenyuk is a former 3rd overall pick of the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Draft.  

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