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NHL’s LA Kings designates its Russian defenseman Voynov as non-roster player

November 12, 2014, 14:44 UTC+3 LOS ANGELES
Voynov was arrested in California on October 20 on suspicion of domestic violence and already missed nine games
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LOS ANGELES, November 12. /TASS/. NHL’s Los Angeles Kings designated as a non-roster player its Russian defenseman Slava Voynov, who was arrested in California on October 20 on suspicion of domestic violence, the club’s official website reported.

In order to clear the roster spot the club signed up defenseman Jamie McBain, 26, under a one-year contract for the league’s salary-cap-friendly of $550,000. McBain started practicing on Monday and will join the club for away game on Wednesday against Anaheim Ducks.

According to the official website of Los Angeles Kings, teams can designate the status of the non-roster player to athletes, who are not available to play "due to reasons other than injury, illness or disability.”

Voynov, currently under the NHL’s suspension, already missed nine games since his arrest but he was reported training alone on the club’s home ice on Monday. Under the suspension he is banned from all activities of his club, which is the defending Stanley Cup champion.

Los Angeles law enforcers have not pressed any formal charges against the 24-year-old defenseman of Los Angeles Kings as of yet and a tentative court hearing was set for December 1. Voynov was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.

The National Hockey League (NHL) acted swiftly after the news of the athlete’s arrest broke out and announced his indefinite suspension. Voynov’s Los Angeles Kings club followed the NHL’s suit.

The NHL said in its official statement that Voynov was “suspended indefinitely from all club activities pending a formal investigation by the National Hockey League of an arrest this morning on charges of domestic violence.”

The statement added that if the NHL had failed to suspend the player at the issue it “would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league.”

Voynov was a member of the Russian national team playing at this year’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and was one of the key contributors for his NHL’s Los Angeles Kings club prestigious Stanley Cup trophies in 2012 and 2014. Following the 2012-2013 season Voynov signed with Los Angeles Kings signed a six-year contract worth $25 million.

Similar to Voynov’s incident took place last year with another Russia’s NHL player Semyon Varlamov, who is the key goalie of the Russian national ice hockey team and of Colorado Avalanche.

In late October of 2013 Varlamov was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and was charged with third-degree assault and second-degree kidnapping. The charges against the Russian goalie were dropped over the following two months as prosecutors cited the lack of evidence in his case.

However, unlike Voynov, Varlamov was not suspended by the NHL and continued playing throughout two months of court hearings into his case.

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