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Voynov Update: Attorney “Doubts That His Client Has Committed A Crime;” D.A. Wants “Additional Follow-Up”

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, shown here during a recent
practice session (prior to his suspension).
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Photo: David Sheehan/CaliShooterOne Photography

LOS ANGELES — As first reported by Ken Campbell of The Hockey News on October 22, the attorney for Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has stated that he doubts that his client has committed a crime, despite having been arrested by Redondo Beach Police on October 20 on suspicion of violating California Penal Code section 273.5(a) – Domestic Violence.

“It’s clear to me there was no crime here,” attorney Craig Renetsky told The Hockey News.

Campbell wrote that Renetzky told him that a language barrier on the parts of Voynov and the alleged victim, “created a misunderstanding and that the victim’s injuries that caused her to be hospitalized were the result of an accident.”

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NHL Got Initial Response To Voynov Incident Right, But There’s Still A Long Way To Go

LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov’s
booking photo.
Photo: Redondo Beach Police Department

LOS ANGELES — Back on October 8, when the Los Angeles Kings opened their 2014-15 National Hockey League season at Staples Center in Los Angeles, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman held an informal press conference, discussing the state of the league.

Towards the end of the press conference, Bettman was asked about the league’s policies on domestic violence incidents, in light of the National Football League’s abhorrent practices and policies involving incidents of domestic violence, most notably, the Ray Rice incident.

“That’s something we’ve been doing with the [National Hockey League] Players Association for more than a decade,” Bettman replied. “We, as a league, have more than enough authority and mechanisms to punish, if necessary, in the appropriate case, of which we haven’t seen too many. But more importantly, we focus on counseling and education, and in the joint programs we have with the players association, we’ve been counseling and educating on domestic violence for more than a decade, probably well [over] a decade. I don’t remember the exact date.”

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Frozen Royalty Video: Quick Steals Another One In LA Kings’ 2-1 Win Over Minnesota

LOS ANGELES — Tyler Toffoli scored a goal and added an assist, Tanner Pearson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 2:58 of the third period, and goaltender Jonathan Quick put in a stellar 40-save performance to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center in Los Angeles during a matinee affair on October 19.

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LA Kings Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli Still Have A Long Way To Go…That’s A Good Thing

FROZEN ROYALTY EXCLUSIVE: In Part 1 of this two-part series, we told you about Los Angeles Kings rookie left wing Tanner Pearson’s rise from being a very late bloomer who came within a hair of being a late seventh round pick in the 2011 National Hockey League Draft, instead of a first round pick in the 2012 draft. What might’ve happened if he had been picked in the seventh round instead of the first round?

In case you missed it, you can read that story here: LA Kings 2012 First Round Pick Tanner Pearson Just Missed Being a 7th Round Pick In 2011.

In Part 2, we’ll look at Pearson’s (so far) successful ascent to the NHL, with comments from Pearson and Kings Senior Vice President, Hockey Operations and Director of Player Personnel Michael Futa, who shared his thoughts about both Pearson and right wing Tyler Toffoli.


LA Kings left wing Tanner Pearson
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Photo: David Sheehan/CalishooterOne Photography

EL SEGUNDO, CA — For the last seven seasons, center Anze Kopitar has led the Los Angeles Kings in scoring, and he has led them, essentially, from start to finish each season.

Don’t look now, but that is not how things will go this season, as rookie left wing Tanner Pearson, for now, anyway, leads the Kings in scoring with four goals and two assists for six points through four games.

Although no one should expect Pearson to end the season leading the Kings in scoring, anything is possible, right? In any case, Pearson’s early-season hot streak already has him in the conversation for the NHL’s Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the league’s top rookie (he did not play enough games last season to lose rookie status).

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