In what seems to be a recurring yearly theme in the NHL, another Russian athlete has been arrested on suspicion of alleged domestic violence. Kings’ defenseman, Slava Voynov was arrested early this morning in Torrance, CA after bringing his girlfriend to the hospital after allegedly beating her. Hospital staff quickly alerted police who arrived and took the 24-year-old Chelyabinsk native into custody. Voynov posted the $50,000 bail and was immediately suspended indefinitely by the league.
It is understood that Kings head coach Darryl Sutter visited Voynov’s residence following his arrest but is unclear whether he gained entry to the house. Voynov, who is the youngest Russian player in NHL history to win two Stanley Cups, has a court date scheduled for this Wednesday. Until then he is not allowed to participate in any team affairs. Last season, fellow Olympic teammate Semyon Varlamov, turned himself on suspicion of domestic violence and kidnapping but the charges were later dropped.
Varlamov was not suspended by the Colorado Avalanche or the league and was allowed to travel for away games. Following the National Football League’s domestic violence debacle earlier this year, it is no surprise that the NHL acted swiftly to distance Voynov from its sports, albeit temporarily.
Hopefully in the best case scenario, Voynov will be reinstated with the Kings and continue his career. However should he be banned from the NHL and is allowed to leave the US, chances are he will have no problem finding a job back home in Russia. Be sure to check back with us as the story continues to develop.