The National Hockey League has suspended Los Angeles King Slava Voynov following his arrest for his involvement in a domestic violence incident.
According to a statement from the NHL, the 24-year-old defenseman will be 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 league’s suspension came just hours after Voynov was arrested by police at Little Company of St. Mary Hospital in Torrance. Medical personnel contacted the Torrance police after treating the victim of the alleged domestic violence incident. “The injury was severe enough that it did require treatment,” said Lt Joe Hoffman.
Alleged Domestic Violence Incident
According to police records, Redondo Beach officers were initially called to the neighborhood where Voynov and his family live. According to witnesses, a female “could be heard screaming for the past 20 minutes.” The witness directed officers to the house where they heard the sounds. Police attempted to contact the home’s occupants, but received no response.
Torrance police then contacted the Redondo police about the hospitalized women who allegedly had been a victim of domestic violence. “We’re still investigating with the police,” said Voynov’s attorney Craig Renetzky. “It’s very early on in the proceedings. We’re just asking everybody to be patient, because arrests don’t always lead to charges and convictions.”
Voynov posted $50,000 bail. His first court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 1 in Torrance.
NHL and L.A. Kings Take Swift Action
The L.A. Kings issued a statement following the NHL’s decision: “These developments are of great concern to our organization. We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course.”
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Source: NBC Los Angeles, LA Kings’ Slava Voynov Suspended by NHL Pending Domestic Violence Investigation, October 20, 2014
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