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Slava Voynov | Defenseman | #26

Team: College Player
Age / DOB:  (28) / 1/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 194
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 2 (32) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Kings GM Rob Blake said it's premature to start talking about Slava Voynov.
Blake would only say that Voynov is a suspended player and league has decision to make before the Kings could do anything. Voynov has an expungement hearing scheduled for July 2 and he's reportedly going to apply for a work visa then as well. Even though his contract was terminated, the Kings still have Voynov's NHL rights. Jun 19 - 2:29 PM

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Slava Voynov has an expungement hearing scheduled for July 2 in California court to remove the no-contest plea from his record.

Voynov won't have a criminal record if his request is granted and it would remove his immigration issues. He is also scheduled to apply for a U.S. work visa on July 2. There is reportedly interest from NHL teams if he gets reinstated, but he might face additional discipline from the league. It's also important to remember that the Los Angeles Kings still have Voynov's rights even though his contract was terminated because he is on the Voluntary Retirement List.
Jun 12 - 3:51 PM

Slava Voynov can reportedly apply for a U.S. work visa on July 2.

Voynov was spotted back in the United States, with his wife, recently in Miami. He has spent the last three seasons in the KHL after he was suspended indefinitely by the NHL. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said last month that Voynov had "legal hurdles" to pass before the league would discuss reinstatement.
Jun 10 - 2:41 PM

Slava Voynov has to handle some "legal hurdles" before the NHL is ready to discuss his reinstatement.

"I know his party is interested in understanding the parameters under which he'd be allowed to rejoin the league," deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. "There are a couple of legal hurdles that I understand still have to be passed. Until he gets past those, I don't think we're ready to comment on it." Voynov has played the last three seasons in the KHL after he was suspended indefinitely by the NHL. He voluntarily agreed to leave the country and return to Russia after he pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to a spouse. Voynov spent nearly two months in jail.
May 30 - 8:58 AM

Slava Voynov has completed his three year deal in the KHL and could attempt to return to the NHL next season.

Voynov is still suspended indefinitely by the NHL after he was charged with domestic violence and self-departed back to Russia in 2015 after pleading no-contest to the charge stemming from an October 2014 arrest. Voynov would need to apply to commissioner Gary Bettman for reinstatement and there is some question as to whether the Kings would want him back or not. "It’s so premature at this point, because those hurdles that he has to go through to be reinstated by the NHL don’t have anything to do with us," General Manager Rob Blake said. "To be honest with you, it’s so far away from our play right now that we haven’t had those discussions. Like I said, that’s going to be between him and his agent and his people representing him to be able to get back into that position before we could even get involved." Stay tuned.
Apr 22 - 7:46 AM

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation is working with the NHL to get Slava Voynov into the World Cup.

Voynov is still suspended indefinitely after he was charged with domestic violence. He was forced to sign in the KHL in 2015 and he's been out of the NHL ever since. Voynov played in the World Championship earlier this month, but the NHL has decided to block him from playing in the World Cup this fall. Here's what Russian News Agency TASS had to say about the situation: "The Russian Ice Hockey Federation is holding negotiations with the organizers of the World Cup-the NHL-concerning the issue of national team's defender Vyacheslav Voynov," the RHF's press service told TASS on Tuesday adding that negotiations also involve thee Rene Fasel, the president of the IIHF.
Tue, May 31, 2016 09:26:00 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that the Russian Federation has been told that Slava Voynov isn't eligible to play in the World Cup.

He remains suspended by the league, so he isn't allowed to play in the tournament despite being named to the team.
Mon, May 30, 2016 06:02:00 PM

Slava Voynov has been named to Russia's World Cup team, but he may not be eligible to take part in the tournament.

He played in the KHL during the 2015-16 season after his contract was voided by the Kings. Voynov served two months in jail on domestic violence charges. He was detained by immigration officials and faced deportation. "We will obviously have to review his status with the Players' Association prior to the start of the tournament in September," said the NHL's deputy commissioner, Bill Daly. "It is not my current expectation that this player will be deemed eligible to play in the World Cup of Hockey."
Fri, May 27, 2016 03:38:00 PM

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

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

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