Earlier, the club management announced without details that the 38-year-old hockey player would be absent from the team in the near future. Reports surfaced on social media that Perry may have been suspended due to a sexual relationship with the mother of his teammate, 18-year-old 2023 first-round draft pick Connor Bedard. According to insider Frank Seravalli, the player was suspended after an incident with alcohol.
It was later reported that the 38-year-old forward had gone through the waiver process and his contract would be terminated.
“I would like to sincerely apologize to the entire Chicago Blackhawks organization, including the owners, management, coaches, staff and my teammates. I would also like to apologize to my fans and family. I’m ashamed, I let you all down.
As a result of my actions, speculation and rumors arose. I was very unhappy with the impact this had on others and would like to make it clear that this situation did not affect any of my teammates or their families in any way. Most importantly, I want to apologize to those who have been negatively affected by this situation and apologize for the additional impact this has had on other people.
My behavior was inappropriate and bad. I have begun working with mental health and addiction experts to discuss my struggle with alcohol and will take whatever steps are necessary to ensure it does not happen again. I hope to regain the trust and respect of everyone who believed in me throughout my career. Again, I’m really sorry,” Perry said, as quoted by TSN.
During his NHL career, Perry also played for Anaheim, Dallas, Montreal and Tampa. In 2016, he entered the so-called “Triple Gold Club” as the winner of the Stanley Cup, winner of the Olympic Games and the World Hockey Championship.
Source : MatchTV
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