Slava Voynov's agent to lobby for reinstatement
Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov (26) battles for the puck with New York Rangers centre Brad Richards during Game 2 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. (Gary A. Vasquez/USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov, suspended indefinitely by the NHL last month following an arrest, is seeking to be reinstated by the league as soon as possible, according to a report.
Rolland Hedges, Voynov’s agent, is lobbying the NHL for a hearing instead of waiting for the prosecutor’s office to make a decision on whether he will be charged with a crime.
Voynov was suspended Oct. 20 from all team activities after the Redondo Beach Police Dept. booked him on suspicion of domestic violence.
“The player hasn’t been charged with any offence at this point and it’s very difficult for the NHL,” Hedges told the Los Angeles Times. “We understand that. The NHLPA, we understand that, as well.
“But there comes a point where the player’s rights have to be looked at. From this point forward, the player is going to see what can be done to have the suspension lifted. The player has no control over the criminal prosecution at this point, nor should he.”
The 24-year-old native of Russia has not spoken with the league during its investigation, according to the CBC.
“Slava believes he is innocent. If he has to have his day in court, he will,” Hedges said. “We all respect the law. But there comes a point where you just can’t sit back.”
Voynov is scheduled to appear in a Torrance, Calif., courtroom on Dec. 1.