SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Alex Galchenyuk repeatedly used racial slurs toward a trainee police officer and threatened to kill two officers during a traffic stop last weekend, police said in a report, actions that led the Arizona Coyotes to rescind the player’s contract on Friday.
A Scottsdale Police Department report said Galchenyuk was erratic and aggressive with officers after apparently crashing a car into a sign.
Galchenyuk cited connections in Moscow while saying “I’m going to cut you off, your wife, your daughter” and “One phone call and everyone is dead, your whole family, your bloodline is dead,” police said in the report.
Galchenyuk, who was born in the United States to Belarusian parents but spent much of his childhood in Russia, uttered a racial slur multiple times when referring to the officer-in-training, according to the report.
The Coyotes terminated Galchenyuk’s contract due to a material breach of terms one day after placing him on unconditional waivers.
“We are aware of the incident involving Alex Galchenyuk and strongly condemn this type of behavior,” the Coyotes said in a statement. “Once the club learned of the allegations, we immediately began the process of terminating their standard player’s contract through the proper channels in conjunction with the National Hockey League.”
Galchenyuk was arrested Sunday on charges of hit-and-run of private property, disorderly conduct, failure to obey, resisting arrest and threatening or intimidating behavior, police said.
It was not immediately known if Galchenyuk had an attorney.
According to the police report, a witness told police that a white BMW had struck a sidewalk and a sign. A training officer and a trainee arrived and saw Galchenyuk on the ground about 20 feet from the car. They saw another man put him in the passenger seat before driving away.
The officer stopped the car and noted that both men were badly damaged. Galchenyuk became agitated and began to make erratic movements, and the officer asked him to get out of the car. Galchenyuk wrestled with the officer before being handcuffed with the help of the officer-in-training, according to the report.
Galchenyuk made the threats and repeatedly uttered the racial slur as he was taken to the Scottsdale jail, police said. He was booked on lesser charges and released the next day on his own recognizance.
A witness told police that Galchenyuk was the driver when the car crashed, then got out and lay on the ground. Galchenyuk later told officers that he was joking about the threats, according to the report.
The Coyotes signed Galchenyuk to a one-year, $775,000 contract on July 1, the opener of free agency, for his third stint with the team. He played 11 games for the Colorado Avalanche last season, spending most of the year in the AHL.