The NHL suspended defenseman Slava Voynov on Tuesday for the 2019-20 season and 2020 playoffs after figuring out he dedicated acts of home violence.
Commissioner Gary Bettman suspended Voynov for what the league known as unacceptable off-ice conduct. The 29-year-old Russian may have his eligibility restored on July 1, 2020, based mostly on good conduct.
Voynov was suspended indefinitely in October 2014 after being arrested and accused of home abuse of his spouse. He pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor, left the USA to return to Russia and in July had the conviction dismissed by a decide in Los Angeles.
After taking part in three seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and profitable a gold medal on the 2018 Olympics with out NHL gamers, Voynov moved again to the U.S. and was making use of to be reinstated by the NHL. Deputy Commissioner Invoice Daly in August mentioned Voynov’s return could be contingent on finishing a course of with the league to overview his case.
The NHL did an investigation and held a listening to March 21 underneath the phrases of the collective-bargaining settlement relating to the Oct. 19, 2014, incident involving Voynov and his spouse. Bettman mentioned he decided after that investigation and listening to that Voynov engaged in acts of home violence.
“At this time’s ruling, whereas tailor-made to the particular information of this case and the people concerned, is critical and according to the NHL’s strongly-held coverage that it can’t and won’t tolerate this and comparable varieties of conduct, significantly as directed at a partner, home associate or member of the family,” Bettman mentioned.
The NHL doesn’t have an outlined home violence coverage like different North American skilled sports activities leagues and says it takes every incident on a case-by-case foundation.
Main League Baseball has additionally taken a robust stance on home violence. Final 12 months, San Diego pitcher Jose Torres was suspended 100 video games and Toronto pitcher Roberto Osuna 75 video games. Osuna was later traded from the Blue Jays to Houston.
The Nationwide Soccer League has suspended Cleveland Browns working again Kareem Hunt for the primary eight video games of the 2019 season attributable to violations of the non-public conduct coverage. Hunt was launched final season by the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs after a video confirmed him kicking a girl. One other video got here out later exhibiting him in a combat at a resort.
The Los Angeles Kings, who terminated Voynov’s $25 million contract in 2015, mentioned they’re reviewing the NHL’s choice and added, “It’s untimely for us to remark till we perceive what right this moment’s choice, which could be appealed, means in its entirety.”
Although he’s not underneath contract, the Kings have rights to Voynov related together with his standing on the voluntary retired record.
A spokesman mentioned the NHL Gamers’ Affiliation is reviewing the choice. Voynov’s agent, Rolland Hedges, didn’t instantly return a voicemail and textual content message in search of remark Tuesday.
Voynov has the best to enchantment to a impartial arbitrator. If an enchantment happens, that arbitrator must be mutually agreed upon by the NHL and NHLPA.
Nashville ahead Austin Watson was suspended 27 video games in September for unacceptable off-ice conduct following an investigation and listening to after he pleaded no contest in July to a cost of home assault stemming from an incident in June. Arbitrator Shyam Das decreased the suspension to 18 video games on enchantment.
Voynov final performed an NHL recreation on Oct. 19, 2014. He has 190 regular-season and 64 playoff video games of expertise, all with the Kings, and received the Stanley Cup with them in 2012 and 2014.