Late this evening, news out of Denver sent shock waves through the NHL and the twittersphere as it was reported Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov was in police custody. Numerous reports claim the 25-year-old Samara native turned himself in on charges related to second degree kidnapping and third degree assault. As of 11 pm EST Varlamov has been processed and is being held without bond. He will appear before a judge tomorrow morning.
Naturally the Avalanche have declined to comment. According to Denver Post reporter Ryan Parker, Varlamov allegedly committed the crimes on Tuesday to someone he knew on a personal level. It is unclear at this time how he knew there was a warrant out for his arrest but by turning himself in, he saved a little face. Since he has refused to speak to media while being held at Denver county jail we have little information on the motivation behind the allegations and likely never will.
You might recall we once interviewed Semyon back when he was with the Capitals and while we shared no more than ten minutes in each others company, I’ve thought of him as a humble kid relishing the opportunity of doing what he loves in the land of opportunity. This American dream can quickly become a nightmare if Varlamov is found guilty on the charges that can carry 2-6 years in jail.
Since Semyon is not a US citizen I wonder if these charges could force deportation once this case comes to fruition. It’s likely he will not be joining his country in Sochi for the Olympics as his charges can forbid him from leaving the US let alone the state of Colorado.
Be sure to check back as we will be updating the story as more information becomes available.
Update 1: It is being reported Varlamov is being accused of throwing a female acquaintance against a wall before proceeding to stomp her.
Update 2: Varlamov’s father has told Russian media his son is innocent and the incident has been blown out of proportion by the American media.
Update 3: according to ITAR-TASS, the person in question is Russian model Eugenia Vavrinyuk that Varlamov had a long-standing relationship with. Yesterday at 10:40 Moscow time she had left on the social network Vkontakte the following message:
– If a man raised his hand – he will repeat it. And no amount of persuasion and his oath should not dissuade women in it.Part with these men need not feel sorry for them! Giving men the last chance – it means to sign a verdict on repeat. “
(photo courtesy of 7News Denver)
Update 4: Varlamov had his bond set at $5,000 and will be allowed to travel by the judge.