NHL suspends Kings’ Voynov after arrest on domestic violence charges

NHL suspends Kings’ Voynov after arrest on domestic violence charges

The NHL has suspended Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov from all team activities indefinitely while it investigates his arrest on domestic violence charges.

Voynov will not be able to practise with the team or play in games while the NHL investigates, but he will continue to be paid.

Police in the Los Angeles suburb of Redondo Beach released limited information early Monday, giving no details of what is alleged to have occurred.

Sgt. Paul Ribitzki said Voynov was arrested under a “domestic violence/spousal abuse” section of the penal code. Ribitzki said Voynov was booked early Monday.

Bail was set at US$50,000, which Voynov posted, Ribitzki said.

The NHL announced the suspension citing Section 18-1.5 of the collective bargaining agreement, which gives it the power to suspend a player during a criminal investigation if failing to do so “would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league.”

“These developments are of great concern to our organization,” the Kings said in a statement. “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.”

The league’s rapid response to Voynov’s situation comes after the NFL was criticized for not dealing more swiftly when Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players faced charges.

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October 20, 2014