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Valeri Nichushkin’s Airport Departure Raises Concern as Security Escort Goes Unexplained

Russian winger Valeri Nichushkin was not in the lineup or with the Colorado Avalanche against the Seattle Kraken for game 3. He apparently left without offering a cause to return to his homeland.

Valeri’s condition is complicated by his country’s well-known political circumstances. Alex Ovechkin left earlier this season as well, but for family reasons.

Even though we have limited details, it would not be for such causes in Nichushkin’s situation.

It is said that every citizen of Russia is obligated to obey military orders, and it is even claimed that Valeri was accompanied by security to the airport, demonstrating the gravity of the situation.

“After the game, Jared Bednar confirmed that the Russian had to leave the team for personal reasons. It is neither an injury nor a disciplinary measure.

Nichushkin didn’t just leave the team. He was accompanied by security to the Seattle airport, where he took a flight to go… somewhere. When asked if he had returned to Colorado, team representatives said they didn’t know.”

– DansLesCoulisses.

This is certainly quite concerning.

Obviously, it is a significant loss for the Avalanche on the ice, but as Stéphane Richer has already stated, there is more to life than hockey.

A story to be followed, but based on what we’ve heard, the Russian player will not be returning to the Avalanche anytime soon.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: and let's talk some hockey!
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