Galchenyuk wants to fo­cus on hockey af­ter off-ice in­ci­dent

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

Mon­treal Cana­di­ens coach Michel Ther­rien says an off-ice in­ci­dent in­volv­ing for­ward Alex Galchenyuk has been dealt with and the NHL team wants to switch the fo­cus back to hockey.

“I wish all my play­ers at night would eat their choco­late cook­ies and drink a glass of milk,” Ther­rien said Wed­nes­day. “I wish that, but that’s not the re­al­ity.”

Galchenyuk found him­self in the news this week af­ter po­lice re­port­edly ar­rested his girl­friend in an al­leged in­ci­dent of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence at his down­town home early Sun­day morn­ing. The woman was re­ferred to crown rep­re­sen­ta­tives, who will de­ter­mine whether to press charges.

Galchenyuk and team­mate Devante Smith-Pelly, re­port­edly also present at the in­ci­dent, were sum­moned to a meet­ing with gen­eral man­ager Marc Bergevin af­ter prac­tice on Tues­day to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

Nei­ther Ther­rien nor the play­ers gave any more de­tails about the in­ci­dent or what was said at the meet­ing.

The coach said the team now wants to con­cen­trate on its home game tonight against the Chicago Black­hawks.

“It’s too bad it be­came pub­lic, but th­ese are young guys and they’ll learn from it,” he said.

“You want them to be role modes, to be per­fect, but you can’t for­get they’re young kids. All kids make mis­takes.”

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