Body-camera video footage released by Seattle police reveals new details about the hotel incident involving Colorado Avalanche star Valeri Nichushkin and a woman.
– Seattle Times Sports (@SeaTimesSports) June 1, 2023
Valeri Nichushkin has been in the news for all the wrong reasons recently. After all, the Avalanche player, who didn’t finish the playoffs due to a nebulous history, is at the heart of a story that’s hard to understand.
After all, we’ve figured out the bit where there’s an intoxicated woman who was in his hotel room at the time of the incident.
But when it comes to understanding what happened, who was involved, what the sequence of events was, or how it all ended, there’s a major blur.
From the outset, it’s clear that the day was a busy one. The Avalanche player missed his team’s morning skate and by mid-afternoon was intoxicated.
Why did he have such a big party in the middle of the day? In the middle of an important series? Hmm…
What’s really intriguing is the story from the girl’s point of view. She didn’t comment, but as we try to retrace the course of the event, we wonder how she was treated and how she reacted.
After all, she’s hard to identify, and it’s hard to know what she’s doing in North America. She’s a university student (but had trouble naming her to the cops) and she claimed her passport was stolen.
When the Ukrainian-born woman in question, who was traveling from Russia, was found by team members and 911 was called (90 minutes later), she wasn’t easily carted off on a stretcher.