Two Canadiens meet with head office following domestic assault accusation
Published Tuesday, January 12, 2016 1:09PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, January 12, 2016 5:24PM EST
Two members of the Canadiens were summoned to a meeting with head office after being involved in a criminal investigation.
Alex Galchenyuk and Devante Smith-Pelly, who skated at Tuesday's practice, were set to meet with Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin on Tuesday at the Bell Centre.
The meeting comes after La Presse reported that Galchenyuk's girlfriend, 27-year-old Chanel Leszczynski, was arrested following an alleged domestic assault that took place Sunday morning.
According to the newspaper, Leszczynski came to Galchenyuk's Sherbrooke St. apartment at 8 a.m. Sunday, while Smith-Pelly and several other people were present, and confronted the hockey player.
Police ended up arresting Leszczynski and have sent notes regarding their investigation to the Crown, who La Presse reports will determine whether or not to lay charges in the matter.
The hockey team says it will not discuss the legal proceedings or what else is taking place. Neither player was made available to the media after practice. Bergevin and coach Michel Therrien also did not speak with reporters.
Team Captain Max Pacioretty said the team members were also not going to discuss the matter.
"That's maybe a distraction for people who are outside of this room, but we know what we have in this room. Good guys, good character guys and good teammates," he said.
Brendan Gallagher, usually outspoken, had no comment either.
"It was talked about this morning and it was dealt with and that's as far as we'll go with this. Sorry guys," he said. “Part of playing for the Montreal Canadiens is there are a lot of people watching. We always talk about being good role models. People look up to you. People idolize you and we want fans who come to the games to respect you as well. I don't know all the details of the situations. We're going to let them take care of it. For us all of your focus is on the Chicago Blackhawks."
Lars Eller added that the team is supporting Galchenyuk in the matter.
“It's his personal life so it's not going to affect what goes on in here, but we're all human beings. And I'm sure it's not going to affect Alex. We support him and we support each other on and off the ice. Alex didn't do anything wrong from what I know. So it’s not going to be an issue within this room," he said.
With files from The Canadian Press
Photo: Instagram / Alex Galchenyuk
Alex Galchenyuk in the Canadiens' dressing room