Arbitrator upholds Voynov suspension but says he served half

Arbitrator upholds Voynov suspension but says he served half
FILE - In this Oct. 16, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov, of Russia, skates during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Los Angeles. An arbitrator has upheld Voynov’s one-season suspension by the NHL but is giving him credit for serving half of it in 2018-19. Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after it determined he committed acts of domestic violence. The NHL Players Association appealed the ruling. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An arbitrator has upheld Slava Voynov’s one-season NHL suspension but is giving him credit for serving half of it in 2018-19.

Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman for the upcoming season and the 2020 playoffs after determining he committed acts of domestic violence. The NHL Players Association appealed the ruling.

Arbitrator Shyam Das upheld Bettman’s decision that Voynov should be suspended for the equivalent of one NHL season but found he should be credited with having already served 41 games of the suspension last season. So Voynov will now be eligible to return midway through next season.

Voynov was initially suspended indefinitely in October 2014 after being arrested and accused of abusing his wife. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor, left the United States to go back to Russia and in July had the conviction dismissed by a judge in Los Angeles. His most recent suspension was imposed in April after he applied for reinstatement.

The 29-year-old Russian last played an NHL game on Oct. 19, 2014. He won a pair of Stanley Cup titles with the Kings in 2012 and 2014.

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