Corey Perry breaks silence after having contract terminated by Blackhawks

Corey Perry had his contract terminated earlier this week after reports of an "alcohol-related" incident.

Corey Perry has broken his silence.

The Chicago Blackhawks terminated the 38-year-old's one-year, $4 million contract on Tuesday due to “unacceptable conduct.” The veteran released the following statement on Thursday.

“I would like to sincerely apologize to the entire Chicago Blackhawks organization, including ownership, management, coaches, trainers, employees, and my teammates. I would also like to apologize to my fans, and my family.

“I am embarrassed and I have let you all down. As a result of my actions, there has been speculation and rumors. I am sickened by the impact this has had on others, and I want to make it clear that in no way did this situation involve any of my teammates or their families.

“Most importantly, I want to directly apologize to those who have been negatively affected and I am sorry for the additional impact to others it has created. My behavior was inappropriate and wrong."

TAMPA, FL - NOVEMBER 9: Corey Perry #94 of the Chicago Blackhawks against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the game at the Amalie Arena on November 9, 2023 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
Corey Perry has broken his silence following the termination of his contract. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

While details of the situation have been few and far between, Blackhawks GM Kyle Davidson clarified during a Tuesday press conference that Perry’s conduct was a "workplace" incident. According to Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff, the incident was “alcohol-fueled” and took place on Nov. 17 in Nashville during a team-organized function. The incident also involved a team employee, according to ESPN’s Emily Kaplan.

While details remain under wraps, unfounded rumors of misconduct involving another player's family spread like wildfire on social media. Davidson — and later Perry — vehemently denied those rumors.

“This does not involve any players or their families, and anything that suggests otherwise, or anyone that suggests otherwise, is wildly inaccurate, and frankly, it’s disgusting,” Davidson said during his press conference.

Davidson stated that Chicago’s players were not informed of the specifics of the incident, which defenseman Seth Jones confirmed.

"He’s a brother and we care about everyone in this room,” Jones told reporters on Tuesday, according to The Athletic’s Mark Lazerus. “We don’t have any details of what happened, but I know the organization wants to keep a (level of) conduct here, and a place where we hold each other to a standard. I guess that was broken."

Perry is a three-time All-Star, a Stanley Cup champion, and has notched 892 points across 1,273 games through his 19 NHL seasons.