NHL suspends Slava Voynov for 2019-20 season

Slava Voynov’s significant suspension has been levied.

The NHL on Tuesday announced that the free-agent defenseman has been suspended for the entire 2019-20 NHL season for unacceptable off-ice conduct.

Voynov initially was suspended indefinitely following his arrest in Oct. 2014 stemming from a domestic violence incident.

“I have determined that Player Slava Voynov engaged in acts of domestic violence directed at his wife,” commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

“Today’s ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL’s strongly-held policy that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct, particularly as directed at a spouse, domestic partner or family member.”

Voynov pleaded no-contest to a misdemeanor charge after an altercation Oct. 19, 2014, in which a police report alleged that he choked Marta Varlamova with both hands, repeatedly pushed her to the ground and kicked her five to six times while she was on the ground.

The NHL suspended Voynov the morning after his arrest and the Kings terminated his six-year, $25 million contract before placing him on their voluntary retirement list. 

Voynov spent nearly two months in jail after his guilty plea. Following his release from jail, he voluntarily left the U.S., avoiding proceedings with U.S. immigration authorities, and spent three seasons in Russia’s KHL. He also was part of a gold-medal-winning Russian hockey team at the 2018 Olympics.