Galchenyuk wants to focus on hockey after off-ice incident
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.”