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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.


LA Kings defenseman Slava Voynov
Photo courtesy National Hockey League

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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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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