Canadiens GM speaks with Galchenyuk, Smith-Pelly following off-ice incident
One day after news broke saying that Alex Galchenyuk's girlfriend, Chanel Leszczynski, was arrested early Sunday morning on alleged domestic violence charges, the Canadian Press reported that Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin met with Galchenyuk and forward Devante Smith-Pelly to discuss the alleged incident.
According to the Canadian Press, Galchenyuk and Smith-Pelly were both present at the reported incident which led to Leszczynski's arrest at 8 a.m. Sunday morning. Smith-Pelly and Galchenyuk worked out with the team at practice Tuesday but were not made available to reporters. The Canadiens who did speak were mum on the reports of Galchenyuk's girlfriend's arrest.
Via the Canadian Press:
"Obviously there’s no comment from our end,” said Montreal captain Max Pacioretty. “It’s off the ice and that’s not something we really have to talk about. It’s not hockey-related."
Neither Smith-Pelly nor Galchenyuk have been accused of any wrongdoing in connection with the alleged incident. This is the third time this season, however, that off-ice issues have been made public in Montreal.
In October, former Canadien Zack Kassian was involved in an early-morning car accident and was subsequently enrolled in Stage 2 of the NHL/NHLPA substance abuse program. Once he was reinstated to the league in December, the Canadiens traded Kassian to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Ben Scrivens.
Also in December, a video of two of Montreal's younger players, 23-year-olds Nathan Beaulieu and Christian Thomas, hit the web. It depicted the players partying at a club and an apartment on an off-day. Thomas was later traded to the Arizona Coyotes for 22-year-old forward Lucas Lessio. Beaulieu remains with the Canadiens.