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Blackhawks teammates finally speak out on Corey Perry's investigation

Published November 29, 2023 at 2:43 PM
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A Surprising Turn of Events With Corey Perry

The Chicago Blackhawks had quite a night on Tuesday, dealing with unexpected twists and turns. General Manager Kyle Davidson announced a surprising decision before their game against the Seattle Kraken. Veteran forward Corey Perry was let go due to behavior that the team deemed unacceptable.

Yesterday, Davidson addressed wild rumors circulating on social media about Perry and Connor Bedard's mother, Melanie Bedard. The GM firmly stated that no other players or their families were involved in any such situation. He called the rumors inaccurate and disgusting.

Sources shared that Perry traveled with the team to Columbus last Tuesday, and an incident involving a team employee occurred. Perry was immediately pulled from the game against the Blue Jackets, and the team started looking into what happened.


After a 4-3 win over the Kraken, Perry's teammates, Nick Foligno and Seth Jones, shared their thoughts. Both seemed surprised and unsure about the details. Jones emphasized the importance of maintaining a standard of conduct within the team.


Foligno called the news about Perry "stunning" but assured that the team would stand up for the culture they believe in.

"It's a hard day. It doesn't make it any easier because we care about Corey a ton and we're gonna wish him well. But the group in here has to galvanize around this and make sure we're holding ourselves to a high standard, and how serious the Chicago Blackhawks are about that and the culture they want to build here. We're lucky to be a part of it."


Coach's Perspective on Corey Perry's investigation



Head coach Luke Richardson, who had coached Perry in Montreal, expressed disappointment with the situation. He had recommended Perry based on his on-ice skills but admitted not knowing what happened off the ice. Richardson acknowledged the unfortunate turn of events.


As the Blackhawks face this unexpected challenge, the team must navigate through the departure of Corey Perry and strive to maintain a positive team culture.

**UPDATE**

Perry has issued an official statement, and it can be found below:

Click here to view Perry's official statement released Thursday

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