FILE - In this May 18, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov reacts during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Hector M. Guzman ruled Monday Dec. 15, 2014
Nam Y. Huh, File
December 29, 2014

TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov faces a March trial on a charge of beating his wife.

Voynov, 24, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury at his re-arraignment in Los Angeles County Superior Court, City News Service reported.

The Russian Olympian was arraigned after his arrest Oct. 20 but had to go through the process again after a judge found earlier this month that there was enough evidence to proceed to trial.

A preliminary trial date of March 2 was set, and Voynov is due back in court Jan. 28 for a pretrial hearing.

The two-time Stanley Cup champ is accused of choking and hitting his wife and pushing her into a TV in their bedroom after an argument that began at a Halloween party on Oct. 19. A cut over her eye required eight stitches.

Voynov's wife, Marta Varlamova, wrote a letter to prosecutors saying her injuries were accidental, though a judge didn't accept that evidence during the preliminary hearing.

Voynov has been indefinitely suspended by the NHL while the case is pending.

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