The NHL will not allow Slava Voynov to compete for Russia in the World Cup of Hockey in September, commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters Monday.
Bettman said the league informed the Russian hockey federation that Voynov is ineligible for the tournament due to an NHL suspension.
The former Los Angeles Kings defenseman, who served jail time after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse, was suspended by the NHL during the 2014–15 season for kicking and choking his wife during an incident at their home in October 2014.
He was also sentenced by a judge to three years probation for the incident, and ordered to attend a 52-week domestic violence course and complete eight hours of community service.
Voynov, 26, played all 82 games for the Kings in the 2013–14 season and played six games last season before he was arrested. He played this season for SKA St. Petersburg.