Slava Voynov Announces His Return to Russia


After serving two-thirds of his 90-day sentence in county jail and almost immediately being arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement upon his release, Slava Voynov is headed back to Russia. However, the announcement did not come from a immigration or government official but rather the 25-year-old promising defensemen instead.
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Slava Voynov’s NHL Career Now ICE’d

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The Slava Voynov saga added a new chapter on Wednesday as the 25-year-old LA Kings defensemen was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Voynov, who had just been released from the Seal Beach Detention Center after pleading guilty and serving time for domestic abuse is currently being held at an unknown ICE detention center.
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Slava Voynov sentenced to 90 Days in Jail after pleading no contest


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The Slava Voynov assault case is finally reaching an end as a judge ruled yesterday that the 25-year defenseman will have to spend 90 days in county jail as well as serve three years probation. The ruling comes after the Chelyabinsk native pled no contest to a misdemeanor charge of one count of corporal injury to spouse. 
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Slava Voynov to Stand Trial on Domestic Violence Felony

Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov will get his day in court after a judge ruled that the evidence provided in a preliminary hearing was enough to go forward with a trial.
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NHL Suspends Slava Voynov Following Alleged Domestic Violence Arrest

In what seems to be a recurring yearly theme in the NHL, another Russian athlete has been arrested on suspicion of alleged domestic violence. Kings’ defenseman, Slava Voynov was arrested early this morning in Torrance, CA after bringing his girlfriend to the hospital after allegedly beating her. Hospital staff quickly alerted police who arrived and took the 24-year-old Chelyabinsk native into custody. Voynov posted the $50,000 bail and was immediately suspended indefinitely by the league.
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Devils Acquire Andrei Loktionov from Kings

Earlier this evening, the NHL had it’s first trade of the shortened 2013 season involving a Russian player. 22-year-old Andrei Loktionov who has spent his entire career with the LA Kings was dealt to New Jersey for a 5th round pick in this years draft. Loktionov spent most of his time with the Manchester Monarchs in the AHL where he scored 29 goals in 132 games. The Voskresensk native was assigned the Devils farm team in Albany, NY and could be available for Saturday’s game against Syracuse.
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Comrade of the Night- Slava Voynov

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On a busy night in the NHL which saw the goalie tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and Sergei Bobrovsky give up a combined nine goals, Evgeni Nabokov get yanked ahead of a shootout, Evgeni Malkin razzling and dazzling in said shootout, and Nikolai Khabibulin helping his team beat the undefeated Washington Capitals one man stood above the rest.
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A Russian Bargain…Or Lack Thereof

Alexander Frolov was drafted 20th overall in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.  With hopes riding high on the young Russian, he broke into the NHL in the 2002-03 season scoring 31 points in 79 games.  His point totals continued to increase over the next few years notching 20+ goals in six straight seasons.  

After signing a 5 year deal beginning the 2005-06 season and despite putting up very good numbers, the Los Angeles Kings soon found out that Frolov did not fit the mold or the direction the Kings were going in.  At the same time, Frolov new that he was not a good fit for LA after his contract expired.
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SKA St.Petersburg Poach another, nab Grebeshkov

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For the second time in a decade Denis Grebeshkov has left the NHL for the motherland signing a two-year contract with the KHL’s SKA St.Petersburg. While the terms have not been released, it appears it is more than $3.15 million he made last year with the Nashville Predators. You may recall Grebeshkov first left the NHL and the New York Islanders in 2006-2007 opting to play for his hometown Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the now defunct Russian Super League.
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Poni Express Heads to Tinsletown

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On the same day the Los Angeles Kings lost a Russian-speaking player they gained another by signing free agent and Ukrainian-born Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year deal worth $3 million. Known as Poni, the 30-year-old winger who spent most of his career with the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins last year comes to LA with 266 points in 493 games.
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