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Perry apologizes for 'unacceptable' conduct, seeks substance abuse treatment

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Corey Perry released a statement to reporters on Thursday after having his contract terminated by the Chicago Blackhawks for "unacceptable" conduct.

"I would like to sincerely apologize to the entire Blackhawks organization, including ownership, management, coaches, trainers, employees, and my teammates," Perry wrote. "I would also like to apologize to my fans, and my family. I am embarrassed and I have let you all down."

He continued: "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.

"I have started working with experts in the mental health and substance abuse fields to discuss my struggles with alcohol and I will take whatever steps necessary to ensure this never happens again. I hope to regain the trust and respect of everyone who has believed in me throughout my career."

Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson spoke to the media on Tuesday. The visibly emotional executive noted Perry's dismissal was due to a workplace matter and wasn't a criminal matter.

Perry became an unrestricted free agent after clearing unconditional waivers on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old was sent away from the team before Chicago's Nov. 22 clash against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

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