Valeri Nichushkin leaves North America to pursue his hockey career

Julien Trekker
June 5, 2024  (10:09)

Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin during a game.
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According to a new report, the controversial forward of the Colorado Avalanche Valeri Nichushkin officially left North America to pursue his hockey career.

Currently serving a six-month suspension in the NHL for failing a drug test, it looks like Nichushkin will be able to stay in shape by playing in the Media Hockey League in Russia:
"Colorado Avalanche forward Valeri Nichushkin will participate in the second season of the Hockey Media League. This was announced to TASS by Nikolai Osipov, President of the Media League, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF).

"The second season of the league will start on July 6 and will end on August 31," said Osipov. "The matches will take place in Moscow, but we plan to hold some games in other regions. Among NHL players, it is certain that Valeri Nichushkin will play."
After a great playoff run with the Avalanche, where he tallied 10 points in eight games, he was suspended by the NHL, breaking the trust of his fans, teammates, coaches as well as the Avs' management.
"MacFarland said it's going to be up to Nichushkin to rebuild trust with the organization.

"We've looked at all options, like we always do, and the obvious question is termination, right? And that's not an option.""
Despite this, the general manager Chris MacFarland revealed in his end-of-season press conference that the plan is to keep him and taking him back after his suspension, in November.
"It is very plausible he'll be back with the Avalanche"

- Chris MacFarland on Val Nichushkin
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