NHL star Valeri Nichushkin suspended without pay for SIX MONTHS after he ‘failed a drug test’ … just months after a nasty incident in a Seattle hotel room

Colorado Avalanche star Valeri Nichushkin has been suspended without pay for at least six months after allegedly failing a drug test — months after a disturbing incident at a Seattle hotel.

Last spring, police responded to a 911 call from the Four Seasons Hotel where a woman was found highly intoxicated and placed in an ambulance before a 3 vs. Kraken. He missed the last five games of this series due to ‘personal reasons’.

Now Nichushkin has been sidelined again after failing a drug test Frank Seravalli of the Daily Faceoffand was placed in Phase 3 of the league’s player assistance program.

The NHL and NHLPA announced the news about an hour before the start of Colorado’s game with the Stars, which the Avs lost 5-1.

Stage 3 means that Nichushkin has violated the terms of the program.

Valeri Nichushkin has been suspended for six months without pay by the NHL

Nichushkin leads Avs with nine playoff goals this postseason, but his team is down 3-1

Nichushkin leads Avs with nine playoff goals this postseason, but his team is down 3-1

Nichushkin was also out for nearly two months prior to this season to receive treatment from the NHLPA/NHL Player Assistance Program for undisclosed issues.

According to a police report on the incident last spring, the Avalanche team doctor told officers that team staff found an intoxicated woman while they were checking on Nicuskin.

«Val is obviously struggling with something,» Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said after the game. “Yeah, it’s a detriment to our team. We have to turn the page.

“We have to play much better than today. There are still 20+ guys in that room who care and want to win and who are here. That’s what we need to focus on. It hurts our team. There is no question. He’s a great player.»

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Bednar wasn’t willing to go down the road when asked if Nichushkin had let the team down.

«I’ve gotten to know Val as a person and I’ve gotten to know him as one of our teammates and I want the best for him,» Bednar said.

«I want him to be happy and I want him to be happy in his life, whether it’s with our team or not with our team.» I want the best for him and his family. I think all our guys are the same. We hope he finds peace and gets help.”

Game 5 is Wednesday in Dallas. Nichushkin leads the team with nine playoff goals this season

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