NHL’s Alex Galchenyuk threatened to kill police during arrest that led to Coyotes’ release, police say

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Alleged details of Alex Galchenyuk’s arrest emerged earlier this week that ultimately led to his being released by the Arizona Coyotes.

After Galchenyuk crashed a car into a sign, he was erratic with police, threatening to kill them.

Galchenyuk, who was born in the United States to Belarusian parents, said he could make one «phone call» to contacts in Russia, «and they would all be dead,» according to police.

«I’m going to cut you, your wife, your daughter,» Galechnyuk told an office, according to the police report.

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Alex Galchenyuk, #17 of the Arizona Coyotes, skates with the puck during an NHL game at Gila River Arena on December 15, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Galchenyuk is also alleged to have used a racial slur towards an officer-in-training during his apparent outburst. Police said Galchenyuk told officers that he was joking about the threats.

The 29-year-old was released from the Coyotes just 12 days after signing a one-year contract with them. The move came less than a week after he was arrested on charges of hit and run private propertydisorderly conduct, noncompliance, resisting arrest, and threat or intimidation.

Alex Galchenyuk warming up

Alex Galchenyuk, number 17 of the Arizona Coyotes, prepares for a game against the Nashville Predators at Gila River Arena on April 29, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)

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This was to be his third stint with the organization. He also played for them in 2018-2019 and 2021-2022.

The Montreal Canadiens selected Galchenyuk with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, and he spent his first six seasons there.

Alex Galchenyuk on ice

Alex Galchenyuk, number 17 of the Arizona Coyotes, watches the play during second half action against the Winnipeg Jets at the Canada Life Center on March 27, 2022 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. (Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images)

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Since then he has played for the Coyotes, pittsburgh penguinsMinnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Colorado Avalanche and two AHL teams in the last five seasons.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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