ST. PETERSBURG, October 29. /TASS/. Russia’s hockey star Vyacheslav Voynov, who returned home from the US NHL last month, has signed a contract with one of the leading clubs in the Russia-led Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), SKA St. Petersburg, the club announced in its statement on Thursday.
Under the signed three-year contract Voynov will be playing for the club from Russia’s second largest city under the jersey No. 27.
The sum of the concluded contract with the titled defenseman was not disclosed by the club, which announced that Voynov would officially begin trainings with his new team starting Saturday, October 31.
Known in the United States as Slava Voynov and playing in the past for NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, the player was reported to be in numerous talks with various clubs of the Russian Kontinental Ice Hockey League (KHL) after he returned from the United States in mid-September.
SKA St. Petersburg Vice President Roman Rotenberg earlier told TASS that the club reached an agreement with the management of the Chelyabinsk-based Traktor ice hockey club, which held the rights to the player in the Russia-led KHL.
On Monday, Andrey Tochinsky, the club’s general manager, told TASS that Voynov would not play under his No. 26, which was his jersey’s number in LA Kings and the Russian national team.
"Voynov will play under the No. 27, since the No. 26, which was his jersey’s number in Los Angeles Kings, had been retired in memory of late forward Igor Misko," Tochinsky said in an interview with TASS.
Misko played for SKA St. Petersburg between 2005 and 2010 and died at the age of 23 as a result of a heart failure while driving a car on July 6, 2010.
Voynov was a member of the Russian national team playing at last 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 a six-year contract worth $25 million.
In October 2014 he was arrested on the suspicion of domestic violence against his wife, Marta Varlamova. On July 2, 2015 an out-of-court settlement was achieved. He pled guilty to a minor offence. Voynov was jailed on July 7 to be released ahead of time on September 4. On September 17 he declared his intention to return to Russia.
Los Angeles Kings drafted Voynov in the second round of the NHL Entry Draft in 2008 (32nd overall). His suspension was the longest-ever in the NHL since 1927. Last time he played for the LAK on October 19, 2014.