Slava Voynov, Kings Defenseman, to Return to Russia: Details and Reaction

September 16th, 2015 by Tyler Conway Leave a reply »

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov has informed the team he plans to return to his native Russia less than two weeks after being detained by U.S. customs officials regarding his domestic violence conviction.

Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register provided a statement from Voynov's agent:

Voynov, 25, was facing potential deportation after entering a no-contest plea of corporal injury to a spouse following an incident with his wife, Martina Varlamova. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail and was picked up by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sept. 4, which was planning to decide whether Voynov could continue working in the United States or face deportation.

A second-round pick in 2008, Voynov was suspended for all but six games of the 2014-15 season while under investigation. He returns to Russia having played in 190 NHL games, scoring 18 goals and posting 63 assists. In a statement released Wednesday (h/t Pro Hockey Talk's James O'Brien), the Kings indicated they had already planned to terminate Voynov's contract:

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