Voynov has been charged with one felony count of ''corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury,’’ the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office announced Thursday afternoon.
Voynov was arrested Oct. 20 in Torrance after an incident involving his wife, Marta Varlamova, but had not been charged with a crime until Thursday. Voynov’s arraignment is set for Dec. 1 in Torrance. According to the district attorney's news release, Voynov, 24, faces a possible setence of nine years in prison. Voynov, a native of Russia, might also face deportation if he is convicted.
The NHL has suspended Slava Voynov indefinitely pending investigation of domestic violence charges.
Following all of the domestic violence incidences in the NFL this fall, charges like this will not be tolerated in the NHL and the league moved very quickly on this one. Voynov will not be allowed to participate in any team activities. The Kings will be hoping that Jake Muzzin can return soon to fill-in for Voynov.
Defenceman Slava Voynov agreed to a new six-year, $25 million contract Tuesday with the Los Angeles Kings, who signed yet another young cornerstone to a long-term deal.
Voynov had 19 assists and 25 points during the lockout-shortened regular season, his first full NHL campaign. Voynov cemented his reputation as one of the NHL’s top young puck-moving defencemen with 13 points during the post-season, tying for the club scoring lead. He set single-season franchise records with six playoff goals by a defenceman and four game-winning goals.
Voynov was a healthy scratch for the last few games and would be better served in the minors. The rookie has four goals and 11 points in 33 games. Expect him to be the first recall if the team needs another defenseman.