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Kings’ Slava Voynov will face felony assault charge

Los Angeles Kings defensemen Slava Voynov will be arraigned on Dec. 1 to face one count of corporal injury to a spouse after a domestic violence incident involving his wife took place in October, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com

Voynov’s lawyer, Craig Renetzky of California, explained that his client maintains he’s innocent of the charge and refutes the District Attorney’s decision to file the charge. 

“He’s really looking forward to his day in court,” said Renetzky. “Expects to be cleared.” 

His wife, Marta Varlamova, is “devastated” by the news according to her attorney and also expects Voynov to walk without facing any punishment. She maintains that although she was injured, the player never intended to cause her bodily harm, and therefore committed no crime. 

The prosecutors don’t see it that way. 

Redondo Beach, Calif. police officers responded to his wife’s injuries while the couple went for treatment at a nearby Torrance hospital. While there, she received medical attention for wounds to her eyebrow, cheek and neck. In response, the NHL suspended Voynov indefinitely, and he has not suited up since Oct. 19. 

The charge comes less than a year after the Kings hoisted the Stanley Cup after defeating the New York Ranger. Voynov was a key component of the team’s success. In 26 games during those playoffs, he amassed two goals and seven assists with a plus-minus of four. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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