NHL Continues to Get It Right by Fining Kings for Letting Slava Voynov Practice

December 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

After losing a top defenceman to an indefinite suspension, the Los Angeles Kings were hit with a further penalty by the NHL on Tuesday after allowing Slava Voynov to practice with the rest of their team. 

Violence toward women is a significant issue in the news cycle right now, which is positive in that it’s an important topic and a problem that needs to be addressed but also unfortunate because it’s still so prevalent in society. Major league sports aren't immune to the problem, something that the high-profile Ray Rice incident and its subsequent mishandling by the NFL made abundantly clear.

Regrettably, hockey is no more exempt from the problem than football is. In late October, Voynov was arrested for a domestic violence incident involving his wife, Marta Varlamova. While it became clear in the aftermath that Varlamova did not want to see charges laid, ESPN.com’s Katie Strang reported that the decision to charge was in the hands of the prosecutor. Charges were ultimately filed, with Voynov pleading not guilty.

It was an awkward situation ...

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