Kings’ Voynov charged with domestic assault

Los Angeles, CA ( – Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava
Voynov has been charged with a felony stemming from an arrest last month on
suspicion of domestic violence.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Thursday that
Voynov, who is currently under indefinite suspension by the NHL, faces one
felony count of corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury for an
alleged attack on his wife at their Redondo Beach home on Oct. 19.

Voynov is scheduled to be arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court on
Dec. 1. He is presently free on bond.

The 24-year-old Russian could receive a sentence up to nine years in prison if

According to the release, Voynov caused his wife to suffer serious injuries to
her eyebrow, cheek and neck following an argument. The woman was later taken
to a local hospital, where Voynov was arrested.

The NHL immediately suspended Voynov indefinitely following news of the
incident and will continue to do so through the duration of the case.

“We are aware of the actions taken today in California, which we will
review and evaluate before making any decisions,” said NHL deputy commissioner
Bill Daly. “Until further notice, the current terms of Mr. Voynov’s suspension
remain in place.”

Voynov last played on Oct. 19, the same night of the suspected attack.

Craig Renetzky, Voynov’s attorney, maintained his client’s innocence in an
interview with the Los Angeles Times released Thursday.

“Mr. Voynov is extremely disappointed that the district attorney’s office
elected to file charges,” Renetzky said. “Mr. Voynov maintains his innocence
and looks forward to clearing his name in court. We remain confident.”

Voynov joined the Kings during the 2011-12 season and helped the franchise
capture its first Stanley Cup as a rookie, recording eight goals and 12
assists over 54 games. The 2008 second-round draft choice posted four goals
and a career-high 34 points in 82 games last season, which also ended in a
Kings’ championship.