Kings' Voynov suspended by NHL after domestic violence arrest

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Posted: Oct 20, 2014 11:16 AM

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) - Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was suspended indefinitely by the National Hockey League following his arrest early Monday on charges of domestic violence, the league said.

Voynov, 24, will be paid during the suspension but will be barred from all club activities pending a formal investigation, the NHL said.

It was not immediately clear what prompted Voynov's arrest, and the league in its statement gave no other details about the incident. Representatives for the team and the league did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

"These developments are of great concern to our organization," the Kings said in a statement. "We support the NHL’s decision to suspend Slava Voynov indefinitely during this process, and we will continue to take appropriate action as the legal proceedings and the investigation by the NHL take their course."

Voynov is in the second year of a six-year, $25 million contract deal that pays him $4.16 million annually. The Russian, who has spent his entire four-year career with the Kings, had two assists in six games this season.

Domestic violence in professional sports has taken a higher profile since video emerged last month of National Football League running back Ray Rice knocking out his wife at a New Jersey casino in February.

Rice was originally suspended for two games, but after the video went viral he was released by the Baltimore Ravens and suspended indefinitely by the league. Rice has appealed.

The NHL's handling of the Voynov case is in sharp contrast with last year's arrest of Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was allowed to play while facing second-degree kidnapping charges that were eventually dropped.

Voynov's suspension was in line with the league's labor agreement, the league said in its statement.

(Reporting by Steve Ginsburg; Editing by Susan Heavey and Eric Walsh)