A preliminary hearing in the domestic violence case against Slava Voynov opened on Monday, allowing details about the alleged assault to emerge. If proved true, Voynov will likely face prison time, deportation and the end of 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:
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.