Voynov during the Stanley Cup Finals in 2012.
January 15, 1990 |
Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Los Angeles Kings
|NHL Draft||32nd overall, 2008
Los Angeles Kings
Vyacheslav "Slava" Leonidovich Voynov (Russian: Вячесла́в Леони́дович Во́йнов; born January 15, 1990) is a Russian professional ice hockey defenseman. He is better known by his nickname Slava, personally, as well as professionally. He is currently indefinitely suspended from playing for his team, the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Voynov began his career with Traktor Chelyabinsk, playing his rookie Russian Superleague season in 2006–07. After a second campaign with Traktor, he was selected 32nd overall by the Los Angeles Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. The Kings, in their efforts to translate his cyrillic spelled name into the latin alphabet, have spelled his first name Viatcheslav. In the same off-season, he was drafted fifth overall by the Moncton Wildcats, a junior club, in the 2008 Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Draft. However, because of his two seasons of professional experience in Russia, Voynov was eligible to forego the junior process in North America, and was assigned to the Kings' minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. He recorded 8 goals and 23 points in his AHL rookie season. The following campaign, he improved to 29 points in 79 games. In 2011, he was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2011 AHL All-Star Game.
His first and second NHL goals were scored on October 27, 2011 against Kari Lehtonen of the Dallas Stars. On June 11, 2012, Voynov won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in his first NHL season. Voynov had an impressive rookie season with the Kings, but with the 2012–2013 NHL season delayed because of the lockout, he was reassigned to Manchester to start the year. In the 2012–2013 playoffs Voynov set a new Kings record for number of goals scored by a defender during playoffs, scoring a fifth playoff goal during the third game of the semifinals. 
On June 18, 2013, Voynov announced that he and the LA Kings agreed on a six-year, $25 million contract extension, worth 4.16 million a year. 
Voynov married Marta Varlamova, age 27, a single mother, in August 2014.
Arrest and suspension
On October 20, 2014, Voynov was suspended indefinitely pending an investigation by the NHL after being arrested on domestic violence charges. On November 20, 2014, the Los Angeles County prosecutor announced that Voynov would be charged with "one felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury." Although Voynov was indefinitely suspended from the league, the Los Angeles Kings attempted to circumvent that by having Voynov attend a team practice. The Kings were later fined a hefty amount of $100,000 for their misdemeanor. 
The NHL does not have a policy on domestic violence charges, however Voynov's suspension was justified under the collective bargaining agreement of the NHL. Although the CBA does not outline cases specific to Voynov and domestic violence, the league is able to suspend players while they are part of a criminal investigation.Under section 18-A.5, "The league may suspend the player pending the league's formal review and disposition of the matter where the failure to suspend the player during this period would create a substantial risk of material harm to the legitimate interests and/or reputation of the league."  If convicted, Voynov runs the risk of up to nine years in prison, and the possibility to be deported back to Russia. Although it is possible that Voynov will not suit up for the Los Angeles Kings in the 2014-2015 season, the 25 year old will still receive a salary. Voynov will be paid while he is under investigation by the league, however he has been banned from participating in any team activities while serving his suspension.
Voynov pleaded not guilty to the charges of domestic violence. He has been accused of choking, kicking, and punching his wife, Marta Varlamova, however, according to TMZ, his wife has since written a letter assuming the blame for the entire incident and requested that Voynov not be charged.
Awards and honours
- 2008 IIHF World U18 Championships All-Star Team
- AHL Second All-Star Team (2010–11)
- 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup winner
Regular season and playoffs
|2011–12||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||54||8||12||20||12||20||1||2||3||4|
|2012–13||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||48||6||19||25||14||18||6||7||13||0|
|2013–14||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||82||4||30||34||44||26||2||7||9||16|
|2014–15||Los Angeles Kings||NHL||6||0||2||2||2||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Voynov, Kings agree on six-year extension". CBS Sports. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-19.
- Halford, Mike (October 20, 2014). "Kings’ Voynov arrested for domestic assault, suspended indefinitely". NBC Sports.
- Dillman, Lisa (November 20, 2014). "Kings' Slava Voynov to face felony abuse charge". NBC Sports.
- 2010–11 First and Second All-Stars named
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