Alexander Alexandrovich Galchenyuk is an American-Belarusian professional ice hockey center.
He was born on February 12, 1994, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where his father, Alexander Galchenyuk, was playing in the International Hockey League.
Galchenyuk was drafted third overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and has played for several teams in the NHL, including the Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs and Colorado Avalanche.
He has also played for SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
Galchenyuk is known for his offensive skills, including his quick hands, excellent puck control, and powerful skating.
He has played in 654 NHL games, scoring 146 goals and 354 points.
Galchenyuk has also been involved in philanthropy and has received a Medal of Honor of the National Assembly from the Quebec Government for his efforts in 2015.
Alex Galchenyuk arrest
Galchenyuk was arrested on July 9, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona, on charges of private property hit-and-run, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest and threatening or intimidating.
Body camera footage from the arrest was released on November 7, 2023, which showed Galchenyuk to be heavily impaired and agitated, making “curt and profane” statements to officers, including threatening to kill a police officer and his family.
According to a police report, Galchenyuk struck a sign and a curb while driving a BMW, then switched positions with a man sitting in the passenger seat before driving away and getting pulled over shortly after.
The Coyotes released him from his contract shortly after the incident.
Galchenyuk apologized to the Coyotes, their fans, and the police officers for his “despicable and disrespectful behavior” in a letter, saying he was checking himself into the player assistance program.
How did the public react to Alex Galchenyuk’s arrest video?
The reactions to the release of the body camera footage of Galchenyuk’s arrest have been varied, with some expressing shock and others expressing curiosity.
Some NHL fans have speculated that the Chicago Blackhawks may make a deal for him despite the incident.
Former NHL player Sean Avery also reacted to the arrest in a video.
However, the body camera footage itself has been described as “stunning,” “profane,” and “startling” by various news outlets.
The footage captures Galchenyuk’s erratic behavior, threats to police officers and their families, and use of racial slurs directed at a black police officer.
The footage also shows Galchenyuk posturing about his earnings as a professional hockey player.
Galchenyuk apologized for his behavior in a letter and checked himself into the player assistance program.