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Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov arrested on domestic assault charges

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Semyon Varlamov will be held in jail pending an appearance before a judge on Thursday. (Getty Images)

Semyon Varlamov will be held in jail pending an appearance before a judge on Thursday. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Semyon Varlamov, the Colorado Avalanche's starting goaltender, was arrested Wednesday on domestic violence-related charges.

According to Ryan Parker and Nick Groke of the Denver Post, Varlamov is facing second-degree kidnapping and third-degree assault charges that relate to an incident on Tuesday.

The kidnapping charge is a Class 4 felony, punishable by to two to six years in prison, according to Colorado statutes. Class 4 felony kidnapping is defined as taking someone and moving them to another place without their consent. The assault charge is a misdemeanor.

Varlamov turned himself in to police voluntarily and is being held at Denver County jail. He'll remain there at least overnight because he cannot post bail on an assault charge without appearing before a judge. He has a court date set for 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

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The Avalanche issued the following statement about Varlamov’s legal situation:

"The Colorado Avalanche organization is aware of the allegations concerning Semyon Varlamov. At this time, and until the conclusion of this investigation, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment on this situation."

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Colorado next plays Friday in Dallas, although at this point it seems unlikely that Varlamov will be available. When he makes his next appearance may be up to Gary Bettman,. As per the current CBA, the commissioner has the right to suspend at his discretion a player who is involved in a criminal investigation.

Unfortunately, this isn't the first time the Avalanche have dealt with this type of situation. Coach Patrick Roy was playing goal for the team in 2000 when he was charged with domestic violence. Roy was later cleared of all charges when the judge dismissed the case, citing that it did not meet the standard for criminal mischief in a case of domestic violence.