Per multiple reports, an intoxicated woman was found in Valeri Nichushkin’s Seattle hotel room Saturday afternoon and required transport to the hospital.
The Denver Post first reported.
The woman, whose name we will not release per company policy, was found by team employees when they went to check on Nichushkin before Game Three. The team doctor believed she was too intoxicated to leave the hotel in a cab and called 911. She was quoted in the incident report, according to the Denver Post, as saying “she should never have come to the United States and that some guy took her passport and that he was a bad person.” She was then taken to the hospital.
The woman told authorities she was from Russia but born in Ukraine.
According to Seattle PD, there is no criminal investigation stemming from the incident.
Nichushkin did not play in Game Three that evening, and missed morning skate just hours earlier for what the team called maintenance. He has not appeared since, and the team confirmed after Game Three that he was no longer in Seattle with the team. He is still away from the team for “personal reasons.”
There is no indication on if or when he may return to the team.
The Avalanche have repeatedly stated that his absence is not disciplinary in nature and that it is not related to any legal issues.
Colorado Hockey Now reached out to the Avalanche for comment and were told the team has no comment at this time.