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Slava Voynov | Defenseman | #26

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 194
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (32) / LA
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Slava Voynov has officially signed with the KHL's SKA Saint Petersburg.
It's a three-year contract. Voynov self-departed to Russia in September. Before that, the former Los Angeles Kings defenseman pled no contest to domestic violence and spent time in jail. Thu, Oct 29, 2015 11:48:00 AM

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Slava Voynov will be signing with SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL.

Voynov was forced to head back to Russia after pleading no contest to a domestic violence charge. The 25-year-old was more than a serviceable defenseman in the NHL but his troubles with the law can't be overlooked. It wouldn't be shocking to think he won't return to the Kings or the NHL for quite some time (if not ever). Voynov will join a number of former NHLers on the team's roster, including former Thrasher and Devil Ilya Kovalchuk.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 08:40:00 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have declared that they wouldn't have allowed Slava Voynov to play for them even if he hadn't decided to return to Russia.

"On July 2, Slava Voynov entered a plea of no contest to domestic violence," the Kings said in a statement. It adds, "During this period of detention, the Los Angeles Kings decided he would no longer play for the team. The method by which we would ensure this outcome was something we carefully considered and we established a deadline of September 17 – the beginning of our 2015-16 training camp – to reach this outcome. Recently it became evident to us that our conclusion to this process would be to terminate Mr. Voynov's Standard Player’s Contract. However, Mr. Voynov's announcement today of his intention to leave the United States and return to Russia makes the termination unnecessary." This might seem moot given that it comes after Voynov announced his intention to return to Russia, but it does seem to dismiss the possibility of him ever playing for them again.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 08:16:00 PM

Slava Voynov has decided to return to Russia.

By leaving on his own, Voynov might still be able to return to the United States some day on a new visa. This move frees Los Angeles for any obligation to his $4,166,666 annual cap hit through 2018-19 and this has also cost Voynov the $19.25 million left on his contract. That is, of course, not factoring in the contract he might sign with a KHL club. Voynov pled no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse and was sentenced to 90 days in jail. However, he also faced the possibility of deportation for his crime. He was also serving an indefinite suspension from the NHL.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 07:28:00 PM

The Kings have hired former NHL player Brantt Myers to be their player assistance director.

Three of their players (or former ones) have been arrested in the past nine months — Slava Voynov (domestic violence) and Jarrett Stoll and Mike Richards (both drug possession). Myers was suspended four times while in the NHL for "dirty" drug tests and was hit with a lifetime ban. He has been clean and sober for more than seven years.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 08:21:00 AM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities have confirmed that they want to deport Slava Voynov.

He was detained last week after he finished serving his 90-day sentence for domestic violence and it was expected that deportation was the cause. "As with anyone who's facing deportation, he'll be afforded due process and the immigration court will ultimately determine whether he'll be subject to removal from the U.S.," said ICE Western Region Communications Director Virginia Kice. His suspension remains in effect pending the decision of the hearing. Voynov played in just six games with the Kings last season.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 07:04:00 PM

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has taken Slava Voynov into custody.

Voynov, who is a Russian citizen, had been serving a jail sentence after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He's now in an unspecified location and waiting a hearing with an immigration judge. The NHL has suspended him indefinitely and he consequently hasn't played with Los Angeles since Oct. 19.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 07:31:00 PM

Slava Voynov has been serving his 90-day jail sentence at the Seal Beach Police Detention Center.

Voynov is paying $100 a day to stay at what was once described as a "luxury" jail. It has advertised in the past amenities like flat screen TVs. He began serving his sentence on July 7 after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Slava Voynov is still trying to recover from Achilles tendon surgery in addition to going to jail.

Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse and received 90 days in jail as well as three years probation. He tore his Achilles tendon near the end of the season and underwent surgery in April so there is no guarantee that he will be healthy enough to return if the NHL lifts his suspension for the domestic violence. Voynov is suspended by both the NHL and the Kings and is due to be released from prison in early October unless he gets time off for good behavior. Stay tuned.
Sun, Jul 5, 2015 05:31:00 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have issued a statement regarding Slava Voynov.

Voynov plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse. He will spend 90 days in jail and serve three years probation. "We believe the legal system has effectively resolved this matter and the punishment is fair and just," the Kings said per the statement. "Any act of domestic violence is unacceptable. As an organization, the prevention of domestic violence and the education of our players and employees is of paramount importance. We will continue to actively develop and implement a strategy to deliver this message. We remain steadfast in our support of the National Hockey League as they now begin their own investigative process. Until that is complete we will withhold further comment." Currently Voynov is still suspended by the league and Kings.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Slava Voynov has accepted a plea deal on his domestic assault charges and will spend 90 days in jail and serve three years probation.

Voynov plead no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse. A violation of his probation would increase his sentence to 364 days. It's not clear what will happen after that for Voynov. He might face deportation and the Kings might also attempt to void his contract, as they recently did with Mike Richards. Currently, Voynov is suspended by both the team and the league.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 03:07:00 PM

Slava Voynov has been suspended by the Los Angeles Kings.

The team discovered that he suffered a torn Achilles tendon away from a hockey-related activity, so they chose to add their own suspension on top of the one he already has by the NHL. The move provides the Kings with more cap space and flexibility. It also gives them some protection just in case Voynov is not able to play due to injury, assuming he is eligible to do so. His trial is set to open July 6 after he was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence back in October.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 01:57:00 PM

On Tuesday, LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi announced that the organization will receive additional education about domestic violence and drug issues.

"We all need to learn about it," Lombardi emphasized. Obviously, the domestic violence aspect relates to the on-going court battles Slava Voynov has created. But Lombardi seemed to take a more personal approach towards the educational and authorial aspect, "This is my fault. We spend time teaching them systems, nutrition and everything else, but we missed a big step here, in terms of ensuring that they understand right and wrong." It's a bit jarring to hear anyone say professional athletes, or otherwise, need such education. But mistakes are part of the human experience, if not outright condition, and Lombardi appears set to address the issues by bringing in outside speakers and educators to speak to players and staff.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 08:30:00 PM

Slava Voynov's wife is still in counseling and it appears that she will not testify against him in court.

Voynov was charged with domestic violence on October 20th and has been suspended ever since by the NHL. His court case is expected to begin in July. "She is still overwhelmed by the idea of testifying and does not want to testify," her attorney Michael Walsh told Judge Eric Taylor. She has until July 6 to decide.
Sat, May 30, 2015 07:13:00 AM

A California judge has ruled that the police and two hospital workers can testify against Slava Voynov.

Voynov has been charged with domestic violence and has been suspended from the NHL since October 19, a span of 76 games. It is the longest suspension in NHL history. While Voynov's wife is refusing to testify against her husband, what she said to the police and the two workers will be allowed in court. The trial should start in July.
Sat, May 9, 2015 06:56:00 AM

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