An intoxicated woman was found in Valeri Nichushkin’s hotel room. What do we know?
Following a rather questionable turn of events involving the Avalanche player and an unresponsive woman found in his hotel room, there will be a need for answers.
When reviewing the circumstances surrounding what happened on the night in question and what has happened since, it’s hard not to view the scenario in a negative light, however, with details still emerging we can only wait to uncover what exactly happened.
Valeri Nichushkin disappears after woman found in hotel room
According to statements from Seattle police, a “severely intoxicated” woman was taken to a hospital after she was found in the hotel room of Colorado Avalanche winger Valeri Nichushkin last Saturday. Reports also indicated that around that same time, Nichushkin disappeared without offering any explanation to the team.
Interestingly, the Avalanche had previously stated that Nichushkin departed before the team’s game against the Seattle Kraken that evening, but gave no reason as to why. What’s more, is that the team also stated that Nichushkin’s absence was in no way tied to any legal matter, however, there was no clarification as to whether the winger would play again in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To be clear, the last time Nichushkin played was in Game 2 of the series on Thursday last week.
What do we know about Valeri Nichushkin’s situation?
As per the police report, a patrol car was called to the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Seattle “to assist with a behavioral crisis call” on Saturday, only to find a 28-year-old woman in an ambulance. It is understood, that Avalanche team physician, Dr. Bradley Changstrom, told police that multiple team employees entered Nichushkin’s hotel room and found the woman “in the room heavily intoxicated from an unidentified substance.” The report further states that “He believed that she was too intoxicated to have left the hotel in a ride share or cab service, so Changstrom called 911.” Incidentally, Changstrom also revealed that the woman struck him, but he had no intention of pressing charges.
Adding further murk to the water, the report also goes on to state that the woman indicated she was from Russia but had been born in the Ukraine, before stating that she “should never have come to the United States and that some guy took her passport and that he was a bad person.” At this time, it’s unclear as to whether the woman was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, however, she was taken to Virginia Mason Medical Center “for being a danger to others due to her assaultive behavior and gravely disabled for being so intoxicated to a point that she is unable to care for herself out in public.” For his part the AWOL winger scored a goal in his last appearance - Game 2. On the season, Nichushkin scored scored 17 goals to go with 30 assists in 53 games.