Latest Twist in Nichushkin Incident Raises More Questions

Published September 21, 2023 at 8:06 PM

Valeri Nichushkin addressed reporters today for the first time since he mysteriously left the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the first round. Nichushkin didn't have much to say other than it was due to 'family reasons' and he wanted to move on. Now, a new detail made public by the Colorado Avalanche raises even more questions.

Team Physician

During the Avs first round series against the Seattle Kraken, Nichushkin was suddenly taken to the airport with a security guard and whisked away. Later, a police report listing Nichushkin's name stated officers attended a scene after a 9-1-1 call, and found a very intoxicated woman with a physician who worked for the Colorado Avalanche. The doctor, Bradley Changstrom, reportedly called for help as he believed the woman was simply too drunk to take a cab or rideshare home. It was revealed today that the physician no longer works for the team, and no one will say anything further about it.

"Changstrom is no longer one of the UC Health employees working as Avalanche team physicians, the team confirmed Thursday. Changstrom is still employed by UC Health. An Avalanche spokesperson did not comment on whether Changstrom, the team or UC Health made the decision for him not to return to the team this season."- The Athletic

It seems everyone will have to be content with as much detail as we have now, as everyone involved is staying tight-lipped, and laser-focused on the upcoming season.

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Latest Twist in Nichushkin Incident Raises More Questions

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