Kings' Slava Voynov pleads not guilty to felony domestic violence
Kings defenceman Slava Voynov pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge on Monday. (Bruce Fedyck/USA TODAY Sports/Files)
Los Angeles Kings defenceman Slava Voynov, set to miss his 31st straight game Monday night due to suspension, pleaded not guilty to a felony domestic violence charge at his arraignment hearing Monday.
Voynov was suspended by the NHL indefinitely on Oct. 20 following his arrest in Torrance, Calif., after taking his wife to a hospital to treat facial and neck injuries.
The 24-year-old native of Russia was charged Nov. 20 with corporal injury to spouse with great bodily injury. He is free on a $50,000 bond.
Two weeks ago, Los Angeles Superior Court judge Hector M. Guzman ordered Voynov to stand trial.
According to police, the two-time Stanley Cup champion choked and hit his wife and pushed her into a TV in their bedroom after an argument. A cut over her eye required eight stitches.
The next step in Voynov's legal ordeal is a pretrial hearing, which is scheduled for Jan. 28. A trial by jury is also set for March 2. He is facing a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison if convicted.
Voynov's suspension will be the longest in the modern-day NHL, eclipsing the 30-game mark assessed to Chris Simon of the New York Islanders in 2007 for stomping his skate onto the foot of Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jarkko Ruutu. The league suspended Boston Bruins' Billy Coutu for life following an on-ice brawl in 1927.
The Kings were afforded salary cap relief by the league on Nov. 21.