U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] authorities confirmed to a Russian news service on Tuesday that they want to deport Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov.
Deportation was the suspected motive behind the decision by ICE to detain Voynov last week after he finished serving his 90-day sentence for domestic violence, this is the first official confirmation of the government's intentions.
According to TASS, the decision to place Voynov in removal proceedings was based on “a comprehensive review of the case.”
“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.,” said ICE Western Region Communications Director Virginia Kice.
Voynov was suspended by both the Kings and the NHL upon his arrest last October. That suspension remains in effect pending the outcome of the deportation hearing.