MAJOR | Avalanche forward reportedly left team for airport with security

Published April 24, 2023 at 8:30

Before we dive into this, it's important to remember that nothing has been made official regarding Valeri Nichushkin's absence from the Avalanche and we hope to see him back on the ice as soon as he's able to.

Prior to Game 3 against the Seattle Kraken on Saturday night, Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin left the team for personal reasons and both the team or his agent will comment any further, which is totally understandable.

But apparently, Nichushkin left the team for the airport with a security team and is no longer in Seattle.

Nichushkin, 28, is in his fourth year with the Avalanche after signing with them in August 2019. In 53 games, the Chelyabinsk (Russia) native was nearly a point-per-game player, putting up 47 points (17 goals, 30 assists), two penalty minutes and was a plus-15.

After helping the Avalanche capture their third Stanley Cup in franchise history last year, the team locked him up to a long-term contract that will keep him in the Mile High City until after the 2029-30 season.

We hope everything is okay with Nichushkin and his family and that he's able to return to the Avalanche when the time is right.
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MAJOR | Avalanche forward reportedly left team for airport with security

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