Slava Voynov was arrested Monday morning on domestic violence charges and was also suspended indefinitely from the Los Angeles Kings pending a formal investigation by the National Hockey League.
Voynov was arrested at 3:45 a.m. on Monday by Redondo Beach police, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s website. Redondo Beach city prosecutor Melanie Chivara told ESPN.com via e-mail that Voynov was the subject of a felony arrest for domestic violence charges, allegedly against his girlfriend. He will appear in court Dec. 1 in Torrance, California. His case will first be reviewed by the district attorney’s office for felony consideration, Chivara added.
Voynov’s bail was set at $50,000, which he posted, Sgt. Paul Ribitzki of Redonondo Beach PD said.
The NHL made a formal statement regarding the incident saying: “These developments are of great concern to our organization. We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course.”
Voynov’s lawyer, Craig Renetzky, declined to provide any further details regarding the case but stressed that charges haven’t been filed.
“It’s very early in the stages and no charges have been filed,” Renetzky told ESPN.com when reached by phone Monday afternoon. “That doesn’t mean charges will be filed or are warranted in this case. We’re conducting our own investigation to determine what happened.”
The woman involved in the altercation sustained injuries that were treated at a local hospital, police said.
The suspension was announced by the NHL after it consulted the NHL Players Association. The collective bargaining agreement between the league and its players sates that during a criminal investigation, “the League may suspend the Player pending the League’s formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the Player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the League.”
Slava Voynov Posts $50,000 Bail in Domestic Violence Charges