A preliminary hearing in the domestic violence case against Slava Voynov of the L.A. Kings opened on Monday, allowing ugly details to emerge that could lead to prison time and end his NHL career.
According to Redondo Beach (Calif.) police, the Kings defenseman punched, kicked and choked his wife, Marta Varlamova, then shoved her into a TV in the aftermath of an earlier dispute at a Halloween party. The resulting injury above her eye required eight stitches to close and left the couple's bedroom splattered with blood.
Nathan Fenno of the Los Angeles Times is covering the hearing:
Redondo Beach police officer: Voynov's wife had laceration over left eye, blood streaming, red marks on neck.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Officer: Voynov pushed wife to ground multiple times, kicked her repeatedly while on ground, chocked her three times.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Officer: Voynov pushed her into flat-screen TV where she cut her face.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Officer: Voynov's wife required eight stitches to close wound above left eye.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
At Voynov's home, the officer noted blood all over bedroom, including covering comforter and a bloody handprint on floor.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Voynov has remained impassive during the hearing, head slightly bowed as an interpreter whispers in his left ear.— Nathan Fenno (@nathanfenno) December 15, 2014
Voynov is scheduled to be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 29 on a felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of nine years in prison.
Whether there's a conviction or not, it seems likely that he's played his last game in the NHL. Voynov already has served 25 games under his current indefinite suspension and is set to miss his 30th game on the day of his arraignment. That would match the longest suspension in modern NHL history, which was served by Islanders forward Chris Simon after a Dec. 2007 incident in which he stomped on the leg of Pittsburgh's Jarkko Ruutu. At this point, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which he would be reinstated to play in the league.
It's believed the NHL already was aware of the details made public in today's proceeding and so there's not likely to be any further action from the league based on this information.