The shocking details of the domestic abuse charges against Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov have been made public in court documents obtained by Heavy.com.
It’s alleged that the Avalanche goalie dragged his girlfriend around by her hair and told her that if they were in Russia he would beat her more.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. There is No Motive For the Attack
The attack allegedly took place at his girlfriend’s house in Denver on October 28. No motive has been made public. It’s alleged to have happened at her home on the 1700 block of Bassett street in Denver, shown here:
2. He Turned Himself in
His girlfriend was interviewed by detectives on October 30, when cops noted the physical evidence of bruising on her arms and hips. After her interview, an arrest warrant was issued to Varlamov, the goalie turned himself into cops.
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3. The $3 Million Contract Star Was Released For $5 Grand
The goalie was being held without bond and faces charges of 2nd degree kidnapping and assault. After he appeared in court on Halloween, his bond was set at $5,000.
4. He’ll Be Allowed to Travel With the Avalanche
The goalie has been granted permission to travel with his team while he awaits trial, reports The Denver Post.
The Russian-born goaltender has been an integral part of the Avalanche’s great start to the 2013/14 season. The team are second in the Western Conference standings behind San Jose. On October 27, Varlamov played in Colorado’s 3-2 win over Winnipeg in Denver.
The Denver Post reports that the Avalanche’s reserve goalie, Jean-Sebastien Giguere, will likely fill in for Varlamov, for the team’s game in Dallas on October 31.
In addition to his American career, Varlamov represented Russia’s Olympic hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, he was the youngest player on the team.
Prior to joining the Avalanche, Varlamov was drafted first round by the Washington Capitals, he joined Colorado in 2010.
5. His Girlfriend Doesn’t Speak English
Varlamov’s girlfriend is Russian and doesn’t speak much English. According to her lawyer, Robert Abrams, after the attack the girlfriend called his Abrams’ partner, who is Lithuanian and speaks Russian, to describe the event. It’s reported by The Denver Post that Varlamov’s girlfriend had just moved to the area.
If you or someone you know are affected by the issues in this story, please log on to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline Website or call them on 1-800-799-7233 or 1-800-787-3224.