According to his accuser's lawyer, Semyon Varlamov
had attacked his girlfriend before. (RJ Sangosti/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
Eugenia Vavrinyuk, the girlfriend of Semyon Varlamov, told police that the Colorado Avalanche goaltender kicked her, knocked her down, dragged her by her hair and told her that "if this were Russia, he would have beat her more."
The stunning allegations were found in police documents as Varlamov had his day in court in front of Denver County Judge Claudia Jordan.
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The netminder posted a $5,000 bond at noon and was released. He cannot drink alcohol or possess weapons and may not make any contact with his girlfriend as a condition of his release, but he was given permission to travel.
There was no word if Varlamov would be with the Avalanche for the team's Friday night game in Dallas. It's safe to assume though that the Avs will choose to avoid the media circus and recall a goalie from Lake Erie of the AHL to take his place on the roster, leaving starting duties to J-S Giguere.
"We're going to take it one day at a time, like we've been doing all year long," coach Patrick Roy told The Denver Post. "Obviously, we're probably going to receive calls this afternoon that we can make a decision on how we're going to deal with the situation.
"It's a law thing and it's important for me as a coach that I keep my focus on my team and we keep our focus there, and at the same time, let the law decide what's going to be."
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Vavrinyuk's graphic description of the alleged assault makes for a tough read. She says Varlamov kicked her in the chest and knocked her down, then stomped on her while she was on the ground. He grabbed her by the hair and dragged her out of her bedroom and held her face to the floor.
As horrible as that sounds, it was described as "the most minor of the beatings she received," by her attorney. "She's received five in all, and the last one was to unconsciousness," said Robert Abrams. That incident allegedly took place over the summer during a vacation on a Mediterranean island.
Abrams said his client, who spent five hours in hospital getting exams and X-rays, is currently in hiding.
UPDATE: I couldn't have been more wrong on this one. Stunning.