Los Angeles Kings forward Slava Voynov was arrested Monday at 3:45 AM on charges of domestic violence. The NHL, unlike the NFL reacted quickly to the arrest, and suspended Voynov indefinitely pending a formal investigation by the league itself. Voynov was arrested by the Redondo police and his bail was set at $50,000. The victim of the alleged crime decided to decline an emergency protective order, which gives the courts no legal rights to keep them away from each other. The Redondo police department also said that there was a child there during the incident who is listed as a witness.

On Monday morning, Officer Joe Hoffman released a statement about the charges against Voynov, it is as follows:

  • “Last night, at around 11:25 p.m., the Redondo Beach Police Department received a call on our business line — not our 911 line — from a resident in the 800 block of Avenue C, concerning a woman screaming and heard crying. An exact address of where this incident was occurring was not provided, however officers did respond to the area and were unable to make contact with anybody. Later information was received that the woman who had been crying had possibly left in a vehicle prior to the arrival of the responding police officers.  


  • “A short time after that, at around 1 a.m. this morning, the Redondo Beach Police Department received a call from the Torrance Police Department concerning an adult female that was at Little Company of Mary hospital with an injury that was possibly in need of law enforcement. The injury possibly being the result of a crime was what prompted a law-enforcement response, and that possibly the crime had been committed in the city of Redondo Beach.  


  • “Redondo Beach police officers responded to the hospital and made contact with the victim at the hospital and determined that a crime of domestic violence did, in fact, occur in the city of Redondo Beach. The suspect in this crime was also present at the hospital and was taken into custody at the hospital and transported to the Redondo Beach Police Department. The suspect was booked on a charge of 273.5 of the California Penal Code and was held on $50,000 bail. He subsequently bailed out around 9 a.m.’’   


The LA Kings themselves have also let the public know that they support the NHL’s decision to suspend Voynov pending investigation.

Quotes from Kings GM Dean Lombardi:

“I don’t think there’s any question that we’re behind what the league has done obviously we have strong feelings about it, and that’s as far as we’ll go. That is the best way to put it, and obviously the league has made a strong stand on it.”

Right now, we don’t really know what’s going on with Voynov and this domestic violence charge, we do however know that his attorney has released a statement saying that it was all a misunderstanding, most of which came from his clients inability to perfect speaking the English language. Personally, I think the NHL and the Kings are taking the right route on this one and letting it play out, if Voynov is found guilty (which chances are he most likely will be), we shall see what happens in terms of sentencing for Voynov, and what the league rules as their own sentencing. They’ve already acted quicker than the NFL did, we just have to wait and see how this turns out. One thing is for sure, it doesn’t look very good for Voynov.

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