Alex Galchenyuk Pleads Guilty, Gets Jail Time

The sordid saga of Alex Galchenyuk's legal troubles has reached its conclusion in court. The former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs forward pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to 30 days in jail. 

The charge he pled guilty to was a misdemeanor threatening charge, while the other five charges against him—including resisting arrest and disorderly conduct—were dropped. 

For the 30-day jail sentence, he can suspend 27 of them "upon successful completion of an alcohol recovery program and 12 months without consuming/possessing alcohol," per Katie Strang of The Athletic. One day is noted as time served after he was arrested, leaving him with two days to spend behind bars, assuming he stays clean. 

The 29-year-old Galchenyuk was arrested in Phoenix on July 9th after a hit-and-run incident followed by his allegedly threatening the lives of a police officer and his entire family. Four days later the Arizona Coyotes released him, just two weeks after signing him to a one-year contract. He has since checked himself into the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program.

Galchenyuk was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft. In his 11 NHL seasons, he recorded 146 goals and 354 points in 654 games. 

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