Slava Voynov’s fate in the NHL may not be up to a league review, as a recent report is stating U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is seeking to deport the suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman.
The Los Angeles Times’ Nathan Fenno reported Sept. 2 that Voynov, 25, was taken into custody by ICE following his release from the Seal Beach Police Detention Center. Voynov was serving a 90-day sentence at Seal Beach following a no contest plea to misdemeanor domestic violence charge resulting from an October 2014 arrest.
Because of the nature of Voynov’s charges, he was not offered a bond, the Los Angeles Times reported. TASS confirmed that no bond had been set.
"As with anyone who's facing deportation, he'll be afforded due process and the immigration court will ultimately determine whether he'll be subject to removal from the U.S.,” Virginia Kice, ICE’s Western Region Communications Director, told TASS.
Voynov was arrested on Oct. 20, 2014, after a Kings team Halloween party at which he allegedly struck his wife. The Rendondo Beach Police Department reported that upon arriving home from the party, Voynov choked, kicked and pushed his wife.
In November, Voynov was charged with a felony count of domestic violence. During court proceedings in July, Voynov pleaded no contest to a reduced charge — a misdemeanor. After his sentencing, he entered the Seal Beach facility on July 7.
“An individual with crimes like domestic violence is not in great shape in immigration court,” said immigration lawyer Teddy Chadwick told the Los Angeles Times. “He's in a tough spot.”
Since his arrest in October, Voynov has been suspended by the Kings and the NHL. He currently has four years remaining on a six-year, $25-million contract with the Kings.
The league has been planning an inquiry into Voynov’s charges, but his potential deportation could signal the end of his NHL career.