NHL’s Voynov suspended on domestic violence suspicion


By Greg Beacham ,AP

LOS ANGELES — The NHL suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov indefinitely Monday after the two-time Stanley Cup winner’s arrest on suspicion of domestic violence.

Voynov was booked and released at the Redondo Beach jail after his arrest early Monday morning at a Torrance hospital on suspicion of corporal injury to a spouse, Redondo Beach police Lt. Joe Hoffman said. The 24-year-old Russian defenseman posted US$50,000 bail.

Craig Renetzky, the attorney representing Voynov, told The Associated Press that Voynov hasn’t yet been charged with a crime. His next court date is Dec. 1, Renetzky said.

The soft-spoken Voynov was a key contributor to the Kings’ two championship teams in the past three seasons, playing an aggressive two-way game from the blue line. The Siberia native also played for Russia at the Sochi Olympics.

Redondo Beach police responded to a neighbor’s report of a woman screaming and crying in Voynov’s neighborhood on Sunday night, but couldn’t find anyone, Hoffman said. About 90 minutes later, Voynov was arrested after a nurse at the Torrance hospital called police to report the alleged victim was being treated for injuries that ��alarmed�� the emergency-room staff.

Police didn’t release the alleged victim’s name or her relationship to Voynov, citing her confidentiality rights. A couple must be married, in a relationship, cohabitating or have a child together for an alleged crime to fall under the statute cited by the arresting officers.

Hoffman said additional charges could be filed against Voynov because a child was in the house shared by the defenseman and the alleged victim, although Voynov isn’t the child’s father.

The NFL has received widespread criticism in recent months for its handling of domestic violence charges against several players.