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LA Kings D Slava Voynov Now Faces Felony Domestic Violence Charge

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

LOS ANGELES — On November 20, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced that Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has been charged with one felony count of “corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury” to his wife, Marta Varlamova.

Voynov was arrested during the early morning hours of October 20, but had not been charged until Thursday.

As reported in this space on October 20, according to a press release from the Redondo Beach Police Department, their officers responded to a call at approximately 11:25 PM on October 19 of a “…possible family fight at a residence in the area of the 800 block of Avenue C” in Redondo Beach, Lieutenant Joe Hoffman said in the release.

Hoffman went on to say that “a female could be heard screaming for the past twenty minutes and could now be heard crying.”

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LA Kings To Sign Veteran Defenseman Jamie McBain As Insurance Policy

Soon-to-be Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jamie McBain, shown here playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League on October 31, 2014.
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Photo: Blake Gumprecht

EL SEGUNDO, CA — The last couple of months have been quite the whirlwind for veteran defenseman Jamie McBain, who skated in practice with the Los Angeles Kings on November 10, and, as first reported by Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times, will be signed today to a one-year contract worth $550,000, the league minimum salary.

The 26-year-old, 6-1, 181-pound native of Edina, Minnesota has played in 275 career regular season National Hockey League games with the Carolina Hurricanes and the Buffalo Sabres (2013-14 season), scoring 25 goals and adding 67 assists for 92 points, with a -22 plus/minus rating and 62 penalty minutes.

McBain became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2014, after the Sabres declined to make him a qualifying offer. He was invited to the Arizona Coyotes training camp, but didn’t catch on.

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Voynov Attorney: “There Was No Crime Here;” D.A. Wants “Additional Follow-Up”

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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LA Kings Leaning On Strong Team Culture To Push Past Distraction Created By Voynov Incident

ALSO; Defenseman Jake Muzzin likely to return to the lineup against Buffalo Sabres on October 23.


EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after defenseman Slava Voynov was arrested by Redondo Beach Police on suspicion of violating California Penal Code section 273.5(a)-Domestic Violence, the Los Angeles Kings held a routine practice.

In fact, the only way one could tell something was amiss was the size of the media contingent present—it was the kind of media presence the Kings only get during the playoffs.

Indeed, reporters and camera crews from most of the local television news outlets joined the usual reporters who cover the team to cover the Voynov story and how his situation would affect the team.

The practice session, which looked no different from any other non-game day full practice for the Kings, was an indication that they are going to go about their business as they always do.

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